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‘Hunger Games’ Actor Jonesing For More Francis Lawrence

New Hunger Games director lights things up


Toby Jones is excited.

Soon to return as games announcer Claudius Templesmith in the much-anticipated Lionsgate sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Jones had nothing but glowing things to say about new director Francis Lawrence.

The director of “I Am Legend” has “a very different rhythm he works at,” Jones told MTV’s Josh Horowitz during Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony. Lawrence, he said, has “a whole different visual sense” that will excite people, and will even have a “very interesting way” in how he dramatizes the games themselves.

Lawrence took over the director’s chair for “Catching Fire” after Gary Ross — who wrote and directed the first one based on the novels by Suzanne Collins — had to bow out following a fast-track production schedule was announced for the sequel.

Jones was up for a Golden Globe himself for the HBO biopic “The Girl,” which starred him as a popular director himself, Alfred Hitchcock. While his name may not be instantly familiar to fans, his face is, as he’s taken on a number of different characters through the years, even being nominated for a Critics Choice Award in 2003 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for his work in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

For sure, Jones ran into his Hunger Games co-star at the awards, Jennifer Lawrence, who won her second Golden Globe for “Silver Linings Playbook.” It’s because of Lawrence that Jones is very popular in his household.

“My kids are happy that I’m in the film,” he said. “It means they get to touch the hem of her garment.”

The two will actually appear together again in “Serena,” which also stars Bradley Cooper and Rhys Ifans.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is set to be released Nov. 22.

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