We've been waiting forever for the buzz to start buzzing in advance of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire"—and alas, we've got to wait a whole lot longer before the movie hits theaters—but in the interim, at least we've got this: the first look in Entertainment Weekly, which features a giant spread of behind-the-scenes intel and interviews with the movie's stars, and a seriously crushworthy cover featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin in their Capitol-issue full-body bathing suits. (Although fans will no doubt be disappointed to see that the shot of Sam in his clingy spandex swimwear cuts off just shy of the interesting parts. Oh, EW, how you tease.)
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence is busy doing what she does best: acting ridiculous in her signature omg-can-we-please-be-BFFs style. Among her soundbites from the interview:
...Of course, she's not; she just wanted to see the look on your face.
"It’s almost like I subconsciously don’t want to work anymore so I’m trying to ruin my career," she joked. "I’m so aware of all the B.S. that surrounds Hollywood, and how everyone gets on this high horse and thinks that they’re curing cancer, and it makes me so uncomfortable every time I see it. So I go in the exact opposite direction and end up saying something like 'I’m pregnant!' when I’m in two franchises."
Needless to say, Jennifer isn't concerned about public opinion of her behavior (not that she needs to be; like we could ever stop loving her now?)...but Sam, on the other hand, says that the pressure has been on—and rising—ever since he landed the fan favorite role of Finnick Odair. The latest source of stress? The infamous scene in which he teases Katniss and titillates the audience in a state of near-total undress. As Sam explained: "I’m on Twitter and so many people have been like ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’"
Oh, Sam. Don't be silly! It's all just talk, you know. Good fun, friendly jokes. Unless you blow it, in which case it's death for you.
Are you raring to get your mitts on the new "Catching Fire" cover?