A newly released scene between Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn’t have quite the flair of Katniss’s makeover in the first Hunger Games film – but its intent is just as fiery.
In the deleted scene, which will appear on the film’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release, Effie (Elizabeth Banks) prepares Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to film her propaganda spots as District 13’s new Mockingjay – “the face of a revolution” against the rich, fascist Capitol.
As ever, Banks walks a fine line between Effie’s over-the-top personality (“Have you even ever met rouge?”) and her deep devotion to her job, especially her victorious Hunger Games tribute Katniss.
But the exchange takes a deeply personal turn when Effie reminds Katniss of her original stylist (Lenny Kravitz) – Effie’s colleague, who was murdered by the Capitol for assisting the uprising – as she says, “Don’t worry Katniss, we’re going to make this work – for you, for me … and for Cinna.”
The rebellion is front-of-mind for the residents of the Capitol, too, as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) summons Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who was separated from Katniss and the rebels at the end of Catching Fire, to convince him of the stakes – both personal and political – of a successful revolt.
“If Panem follows [Katniss’s] arrow into a civil war, we’ll witness something far worse than the dark days,” Snow threatens Peeta. “We agree a war might end humanity. Keep saying that with the sincerity that comes so naturally to you.”
As such, he proposes that Peeta should become a kind of counter-symbol to the Mockingjay. Meaning: Peeta must turn on his Hunger Games partner and the girl he loves. If he doesn’t provide a message stronger than Katniss’s “destructive adolescent fantasies,” he may never see his home again.
Peeta seeks clarification: “So you’re asking me to be what, sir? Your voice of reason?”
Says Snow, “You’ve understood everything but one small detail: I’m not asking.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is available on DVD and Blu-ray on March 6.