“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” surged to the top of the box office charts this weekend following its highly anticipated debut. The film’s all-star cast includes actor-musician Lenny Kravitz who plays Cinna, stylist to protagonist Katniss Everdeen, in the second installment of the trilogy. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Kravitz shared his thoughts on the success of the “Hunger Games” series.
When asked if he expected such a warm reception to the film series, Kravitz admitted he was pleasantly surprised.
“The books were so popular and I knew there was a great following. But no, to be honest, I didn’t know it was going to be like this,” he revealed. “It’s absolutely crazy. The following is enormous.”
“The movie in general is dynamic. It’s got a lot of layers,” he added. “Not only is it a great action film, but there is a lot of ideas and messages, and social and political statements,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that people can relate to. Family, love, sacrifice, government, and all kinds of things that we deal with every day.”
During the interview, Kravitz also dished on his return to music now 20 years after the release of his multi-platinum album, “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” The music veteran is currently working on his 10th studio album set for release next year.
“The time goes by quickly,” he said. “I don’t even realize it until someone tells me that you have to do this special edition and that it’s 20 years. And it’s like, ‘What, really? Already?’ But it’s music that I’m still very proud of and that I still perform. My next world tour, which will be next year, I’ll still be playing music from that album.”
What should fans expect from the new project?
“It’s a real strip down, rock and roll album,” Kravitz dished. “With some horns here and there, but really big sounding and strip down. Very up-beat, very sexy…It’s a real interesting balance between classic rock and today’s sound. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll hear it.”