13 'Mockingjay, Part 1' Facts You Didn't Know

by Anna Klassen

Katniss is officially the Mockingjay, and in Mockingjay, Part 1 , audiences got to see her physical and mental transformation into Panem's symbol of the revolution. In the first installment in the final chapter to the trilogy, the games from the last film have been destroyed by Katniss' arrow. Along with Gale, Finnick and Beetee, Katniss ends up in District 13, a place she was told had been destroyed. Under the leadership of President Coin, she is convinced to become the Mockingjay — complete with badass black uniform and a special bow and arrow — that will act as the ultimate symbol of hope for the remaining districts and Panem's future.

You may have seen the film when it hit theatres back in November, but now, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is on DVD and Blu-Ray Friday, March 6, meaning you can revisit the rebellion all over again. But when you indugle in a second (or third, or fourth) viewing, keep an eye out for these fun facts you may not have noticed the first time around. Here's 13 tidbits to know if you're the ultimate Hunger Games fan, or if you'd like to revisit Mockingjay, Part 1, with some behind-the-scenes knowledge under your belt.

While Jennifer Lawrence was skeptical about doing her own singing for Mockingjay, Part 1, she eventually agreed, and not only was the song a beautiful addition to the film, it also became a worldwide best seller, hitting #1 on the iTunes Sales Chart.

Liam Hemsworth, who plays revolutionist Gale in the film, said Jennifer Lawrence had fun eating smelly foods like garlic or tuna before filming their kissing scenes. YUM!

Not entirely convinced, Julianne Moore said it was her two children — both big fans of the books — who convinced her to accept the role of Alma Coin.

Part 1 is the shortest film in the franchise, coming in at just 2 hours and 3 minutes! The first Hunger Games film clocked in at 2 hours and 22 minutes, with the second taking the longest time at 2 hours and 26 minutes. The 90 minute blockbuster is officially dead, folks.

With one week of filming left, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee, tragically passed away. To commemorate his memory, the film is dedicated to the late actor.

With the media frenzy surrounding the film, the movie used the alias Seashore as the false name for the film in an effort to prevent spoilers and unwanted paparazzi.

Jennifer Lawrence wears a wig as Katniss Everdeen in this installment. She was forced to cut her hair short the summer before filming began, due to constant damage from previous dye-jobs.

Similarly, Natalie Dormer decided to actually shave half her hair off for the role of Cressida. The look, which was also adapted by stars like Ellie Golding and Skrillex, looks gorgeous on the Game of Thrones star.

The phrase "Mockingjay" is said more than 20 times in the duration of the film.

Mockingjay, Part 1 isn't the first time Sam Clafflin and Donald Sutherland have starred together on screen. The two appear in The Pillars of the Earth , a miniseries about "religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart."

Effie Trinket only appears briefly in Mockingjay novel, but because her role is so beloved, her character was expanded to encompass Part 1 and Part 2 films.

To help remedy this, Katniss' stylists, who appear in the novels, were cut in the films and replaced by Effie.

Peeta is malnourished and tortured at the hands of the Capitol. In order to achieve this look, Josh Hutcherson didn't lose weight, instead, they used CGI to dramatically slim his figure and face. Anyone who's seen the film knows those hollow-cheekbones are the stuff of nightmares!

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