Donald Sutherland hadn’t heard of the book series when he read the script for “The Hunger Games,” which is why it took him by surprise when his dermatologist got so excited. But, of course, his dermatologist’s reaction mirrored that of many, many moviegoers around the world and the film series became a hit. The film’s success brought on something unexpected for Sutherland: younger fans.
During the Variety interview, Sutherland explained that he started getting stopped in public by teen girls who wanted a picture with him — and, because the actor is 6’2″, they often had to stand on a chair to be more level with the actor. Sutherland continued, “Usually right before the picture is taken, the young woman will say, ‘Why do you look so mean?'”
Of course, the mean persona may be what the fan is looking for, seeing how it aligns with President Snow’s villain status — even if Sutherland doesn’t see him as a clear-cut villain. Describing his approach to the character, Sutherland said, “He doesn’t kill anyone … unless it’s essential. He maintains a tight control, but he’s not a war criminal like so many presidents and people throughout the world who have killed millions.”