Fellow Hunger Games fans — the end is near. Can you believe it? As we get closer and closer to the film finale of the franchise with Mockingjay, Part 2. I’m worried about Haymitch; I have a soft spot for the guy, portrayed in the films by Woody Harrelson. I want to know that what happens to Haymitch after MockingJay is OK, and that he gets the ending he deserves.
Because while it would be easy to pin Haymitch as simply being the local drunk, his character evolves throughout the franchise and became a major, driving force of the rebellion plot during the 75th Games. The question now is, does Haymitch get a happy ending after thrilling conclusion to come
According to the books, Haymitch’s ending is left somewhat open, but it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been. Their excellent performances, paired with the great writing and direction, saw the movie quickly become an acclaimed hit, and it even nabbed a few awards. But Woody Harrelson is not interested in pursuing the role of Haymitch any further. While his words might be disappointing for fans of the show, the actor probably has a point.
Director Francis Lawrence says Harrelson kept him at arm’s length when he signed on for the second installment of the four-part film series, replacing Gary Ross. Lawrence (no relation to series star Jennifer Lawrence) called up each cast member to introduce himself and give them his take on the material.
“Woody took the longest time to connect with me,” says Lawrence. “His trust has to be earned. I had to fly to New York to see his play Furthest From the Sun and hang out at his apartment. It took a while.”
“I don’t believe in government. In other words, I think we can all look after ourselves. You want some mechanism that controls the traffic, absolutely. But generally, what the government accomplishes, 99% ,” he says. “I look at government as businessmen working for bigger businessmen. There’s obvious things — don’t steal, the Ten Commandments. There’s what we call victimless crimes. In my opinion, if you don’t actually have a victim who’s a human being, someone who’s been hurt or their property has been hurt, there’s no crime.”
Those are the values he instills in his brood: Deni, 21; Zoe, 18; and Makani, 8. His daughters don’t give him special treatment because he’s buddies with Lawrence, or one of the stars of one of the decade’s most lauded and profitable movie franchises.