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"Catching Fire" actors share fun and difficult days on set

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actors shared some details about what it was like to work on the film, only on WDRB.

There were some difficult days on set, including minor injuries. One actor who's new to the films, Jena Malone, plays tribute Johanna Mason. She says Jennifer Lawrence created the mood on the set. "She's so disarming and so rad and so professional. People look toward the leading actors, what is their energy on the set, what are they looking for, and it sets the tone for everything else."

Sam Claflin, the British actor who plays Finnick Odair, says about the cast, "We all got on like a house on fire on and off the set, and there was a lot of socializing. We made friends for life."

At times, they all admit there was a party atmosphere.

Woody Harrelson admitted to hosting some fun get-togethers after hours. "No, no parties. There actually were some really fun parties, we tend to have a good time in this group. It's got to be the funnest experience I ever had for sure."

Liam Hemsworth agrees. "It's like being in school again, you're around a lot of your friends all day long, just laughing and having fun."

Lenny Kravitz is back as Katniss' stylist Cinna and describes shooting his final scene. It turned out to be a rough day for him and his stunt double. "It was intense. I had whiplash for a few days after that. It was actually the last scene that I filmed and normally it doesn't work out that way and then everyone said oh this is really it, not to give too much away. It was a sad day. There was a stunt double that was supposed to do the majority of that and he had really long hair and they cut his hair to match my hair, and then I ended up doing it."

Elizabeth Banks reveals it wasn't physical fights, but her character Effie's outlandish costumes, that gave her a workout. "Honestly I couldn't even go to the set in some of the costumes. I couldn't walk or sit especially in the butterfly dress. I wasn't allowed to particularly move in that dress and it was about 100 degrees. It wasn't actually monarch butterflies, but thousands of feathers that were handpainted. And if you recall, feathers provide insulation for animals so it was a very warm confection. I actually tried to stay out of it as much as possible."

There's even a royal connection to some of the most outrageous outfits. Banks explains the same designer behind Kate Middleton's wedding gown designed several of Effie's costumes --Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. They include the butterfly dress, and a dress she wears to the president's palace.

Donald Sutherland plays President Snow, his latest role in a career spanning more than 50 years. When asked what out of his body of work he is proudest of, he says his children and the fact that his wife has stayed with him for 42 years.

He also says fans won't be disappointed with his latest project, Catching Fire. "It's brilliant, it's really thrilling and more than that, it's really good for young people but it's wonderful for adults. It will just knock the socks off you."

The other actors agree. Elizabeth Banks said, "It's amazing, it keeps you on the edge of your seat." And Jennifer Lawrence says she loves what the new director, Francis Lawrence, has done. "I loved it I think Francis did an amazing job." Josh Hutcherson agreed, saying "he killed it."

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