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The terrorist attacks in Paris last week have produced a wave of solidarity with the French people from all over the globe. While the world has been impacted, life must go on, and since even in Paris things are already getting back to normal, across an ocean, silly and superfluous things like movie premieres must still move forward. However, that doesn’t mean that the stars are not keeping Paris in their thoughts.
The final movie in The Hunger Games series premiered in Los Angeles last night. In a show of support for the people of Paris the cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, all wore ribbons, containing the three colors of the French flag, the Tricolore, affixed to their clothes with a Mockingjay pin, the film series’ symbol of defiance. A simple, yet fitting, tribute for a nation that has so recently had to go through something so scary, but has shown strength throughout. Co-star Elizabeth Banks sent out a picture of the pin via Twitter with a thank you to fans and words of support for Paris..
This is more than simple symbolism and solidarity for the Mockingjay: Part 2 team. According to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the scenes in the movie were filmed in Paris and the film had only recently received it’s French premier there, so many of the cast and crew had been in France not that long ago. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer spoke prior to the film premiere in L.A. to say that the cast and crew stood with those grieving in Paris.
Lionsgate appears to have struck a good balance here. While movie premieres are little more than big parties, and holding one so soon after the attack may have been viewed as insensitive, at the same time not doing it would have felt like terrorism being successful in affecting our way of life. Even in Paris the city has mostly gotten back to business as usual, movie theaters reopened as early as Sunday afternoon after the attacks on Friday night. If they can get back to normal so quickly, we really don’t have any excuse.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 has one more premier event in New York prior to the film’s wide release this Friday.