Comic Con: Catching Fire, I Frankenstein

Lionsgate’s panel at Comic Con this year dealt with two films – the horror thriller “I, Frankenstein” and the highly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

Actors Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski along with director/writer Stuart Beattie and writer Kevin Grevioux turned up for the “I, Frankenstein” presentation which began with a sizzle reel.

That footage isn’t online, but Aaron Eckhart’s “Adam” creature sports an axe and a sword, and takes on monsters and a LOT of gargoyles. Eckhart engaged in 3-4 hours a day of fight training for the film, and got incredibly cut and fit for the role – showing off a bulging bicep to a very happy crowd.

Strahovski plays a scientist unaware of the monsters in existing society. She, however, is engaged in experiments along the same lines as Dr. Frankenstein as we initially see her “re-animating a dead rat”.

Beattie says “this story begins where the original Frankenstein story ends” and explores Adam, an immortal, trying to find his life’s purpose. There’s also at least one sequence set in the 18th century when Eckhart’s Adam has a lot more scars.

Onto “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci and director Francis Lawrence showed up for the panel which included a screening of the impressive new trailer.

Jennifer Lawrence says she didn’t diet for the film because the movies are so physical that it isn’t necessary. She says the “wedding dress” she wears in the film is five feet in circumference and was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.”

She also says the films are shot more like indie films, but the food is much better than on the small films. They shot a kissing scene in which Lawrence gives a post-CPR Hutcherson a kiss and gets a bunch of her snot in his mouth.

While Sam Claflin isn’t there, it’s said the actor is concerned he’s “not enough of a sex god to play Finnick”. Hemsworth said for the torture scene he was “whipped for three days straight”.

In regards to her character Katniss, Lawrence says she’s “suffering post-traumatic stress from the Games” and is having trouble adapting to her new life.