Fans greet world premiere of final ‘Hunger Games’ movie

Jennifer Lawrence

Thousands of shrieking teenage fans greeted superstar Jennifer Lawrence as the final movie of “The Hunger Games” blockbuster franchise had its world premiere in Berlin, whose monumental architecture served as the backdrop for much of the dystopian fantasy.

Gazing at the 6,000 adoring fans crowding out the Sony Center venue, many of whom had camped out despite the autumn chill since the previous night, the 25-year-old Oscar winner said she had mixed feelings about having completed the four-movie action saga.

“It’s the perfect way to end these amazing four years, but it’s sad to not have this again,” said Lawrence, dressed — decidedly unlike her bow-and-arrow wielding warrior character Katniss Everdeen — in a purple evening dress, her blonde hair in a bun and wearing diamond earrings.

When asked whether she would hit Berlin’s famed techno clubs after the premiere, she replied that she’d prefer a hearty meal because she was “pretty hungry,” and quipped that “No, no, I don’t belong in a club, I’m an old lady, I’m too elderly.”

The red-carpet venue — decorated with fire bowls and echoing to the sound of drums — was packed with youngsters wielding smartphones and homemade banners of the rebel forces Katniss leads in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.”

A day earlier, Lawrence, the world’s highest-paid actress, said she felt bitter-sweet to say goodbye to the feisty heroine, who leads a rebellion against dictatorship in the series, based on the best-selling teen novel trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Hundreds of fans had camped out from as early as midnight, many wrapped in aluminum heat blankets, eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the stars ahead of the rare global premiere in the German capital, before the movie hits screens worldwide from Nov. 18-20.


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