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“The Hunger Games” Wes Bentley and Toby Jones talk beefed up roles


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As we teased in our editorial earlier this week about “The Hunger Games,” quite a few of the characters in the story get their roles significant beefed up from their parts in the book. Chief among them is Wes Bentley who plays Seneca Crane.

IFC was lucky enough to catch up with Bentley on “The Hunger Games” red carpet Monday night and talk to him about his significantly improved role. “I was surprised and flattered and excited,” he said of finding out his larger storyline. “I felt a responsibility there and I liked it, and I think what turned out I’m very happy with.”

Seneca’s last scene in the movie is particularly powerful, and something that wasn’t specifically included in the novel. We were curious about where the origin of the sequence came from, and Bentley said he wasn’t the person to ask.

“I couldn’t say exactly, but Gary [Ross] is sort of the mastermind,” he said. “[Author] Suzanne [Collins] was always there, so everything kind of went through Suzanne.

Toby Jones‘s Claudius Templesmith also got a big increase in the film. While he isn’t necessarily any more significant to the storyline, he at least gets a lot more screen time as the Hunger Games’ announcer. It also means he got to spend a lot of time with Stanley Tucci, who plays the Games’ interviewer Caesar Flickerman, which was something Jones was very excited about.

“Stanley’s an actor I look up to. He’s a character actor,” Jones said. “I’m lucky enough to in American movies, and he’s the type of actor you sort of want to be.”

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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