‘The Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence talks reduced 12A rating

'We couldn't water down the movie', says actress

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about the film’s reduced classification.

The sci-fi action movie has seen seven seconds cut in the UK to qualify for a 12A rating, while in the US it holds a PG-13. Lawrence has no said that the decision was taken for the sake of the young readership of Suzanne Collins‘ books.

She told BBC Breakfast “We had to have a PG-13 rating but violence is at the heart of the movie, because it has to make people angry enough to start an uprising. We couldn’t water down the movie. The PG-13 rating helped us, because it made the violence really quick.”

Of her character, Katniss Everdeen, she added: “She’s a lot braver than she thinks she is. She’s an interesting hero, she never actually thinks she won’t die.” On the possibility of filming the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay still playing the teenager, Lawrence added: “I think so, I hope so. I’ll try and stay away from cigarettes.”

The Hunger Games received its European premiere last night and opens in the UK on March 23. You can watch the trailer below.