This is what really happened with Lily Rabe and ‘The Hunger Games’


I will never forget when the news broke Lily rabe scored Commander Lyme’s role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. I was a new fan courtesy of American Horror Story: Murder House Y Asylum, and I was excited to see someone super talented join one of my favorite movie franchises. But then, about seven months later, it emerged that Rabe had to leave due to a previous engagement and that Gwendoline christie I would take on the role instead. Since he was also a huge fan of the game of Thrones breakup, it was a solid change right there, but still, one might wonder, what was so important for Rabe to stop being part of one of the biggest movie franchises at the time?

With his new Amazon series Tell me your secrets due out on February 19, Rabe joined us for an episode of Collider Ladies Night and while reviewing his filmography, I had to ask him what happened to The Hunger Games. She started:

“I am so happy to talk about this. I was asked about it recently, because I think there were some things at the time that really weren’t quite accurate. It was so simple what happened, it was that I was doing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ [for] [Shakespeare] in the park with hamish [Linklater] And that was something that, because they plan, takes time. It’s not like all of a sudden. So I think we had been planning it for a long time, talking about it probably for a few years. And then it happened and it settled down. When I was cast in ‘The Hunger Games,’ the dates worked with ‘Much Ado.’

Lily Rabe and Enrique Murciano in Tell Me Your Secrets

Image via Amazon

But, as with many movie shoots, things changed with The Hunger Games. Rabe continued:

“I think I was going to film it before we started rehearsal and for reasons I no longer remember that had absolutely nothing to do with me, but only with the production, the dates of ‘The Hunger Games’ were brought forward. And they pushed a couple of times. So at first we were still good, then we were still good and then they pushed to the point where it wasn’t even during our rehearsal period, it was actually during our acting period. ”

Shakespeare in the Park tickets are very popular items. There are a limited number of performances per season and tickets are only released on the day of the show. That means anyone wanting to attend the free production will likely have to do some serious planning and prepare to wait in line for quite some time at the Delacorte Theater. That level of commitment is not something Rabe takes lightly.

“That’s why when it rains, we wait and wait and wait and continue until lightning closes it [down]. We will do it in the rain. You just don’t want to miss a single one of those performances. They are so precious. And the trial period is also quite short. So everything is very brief. And there are no substitutes. And even if I had a stand-in, you don’t want to give one up, but there aren’t any. And it got to the point where there was no way for me to do ‘The Hunger Games.’

Gwendoline Christie in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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Yes, landing a role in a big movie franchise is very important, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a total meltdown will ensue if such a conflict arises. In fact, Rabe emphasized that the The Hunger Games The team was very understanding of his situation:

“It wasn’t even really a battle. It was just, ‘Oh, this is no longer working and I’ve committed to doing Much Ado.’ And on the side of ‘The Hunger Games’, everyone was fully aware of it, understood my choice and was very supportive. So there really was no drama. The only sad thing was that I couldn’t do both, but it wasn’t some kind of, ‘Oh, which one do I do?’ Because one had been my previous engagement and everyone was fully aware of that. So it was unfortunate, but it was what it was. When I couldn’t do both, I couldn’t do both. ”

As much as I would have loved to see Rabe in The Hunger GamesI very much respect the decision to stay true to that first commitment. But besides that, continue with Much ado he was also making the decision to follow his heart:

“I remember reading something like ‘There is no [way]! Who would choose to do a play? And I was like, ‘Well, that was my commitment,’ and it was in my heart to play Beatrice with Hamish. And my God, I would have loved to be a part of ‘The Hunger Games’! I’m also a huge fan. ”

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Image via Lionsgate

If you’re looking for more from Rabe, we’ve already shared a clip from Ladies Night’s conversation about her experience joining for the first time. American horror story and what excites her most about season 10 of the long-running show. But AHS Y Much ado They only make up a small part of Rabe’s journey to his latest project, so check back for the full Collider Ladies Night interview that takes us from Rabe’s time studying acting at school to headlining Amazon. Tell me your secrets.


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