'Hunger Games': Lenny Kravitz had bisexual inspiration for Cinna
"The Hunger Games" is like Hollywood in that choosing the right stylist is a matter of life or death.
In the film, Lenny Kravitz has the task of playing Cinna, the man responsible for Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen making a solid aesthetic impression to save her life — and now the rocker and actor is speaking up about the fluid sexuality he installed to bring the visionary guy to life.
"I’ll be quite frank with you, I didn’t know about 'Hunger Games,' so when I’m telling kids and they say, 'Who are you playing?' and I say Cinna, they go, ‘Oh, you’re playing the gay guy.' That was an actual answer," he told Celebuzz.
"So I thought about it, and I read the book, and I don’t see that he is or isn't [gay]. He's a designer, he's a stylist, he has gold eyeliner — that doesn’t mean anything either way."
So how did Kravitz build the sleek bone and tissue for Cinna? By basing him on one of his friends.
"I actually have a friend who is a dancer who is bisexual, and he was a lot of inspiration for my speech pattern and my rhythm, and kind of the way I sauntered in and out a little bit," he said.
Kravitz goes on to say the gist was to play Cinna down the middle, like legendary designers Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent.
While Lenny put some thought into the sexual motivations of the Capitol citizen, his costar Elizabeth Banks took a broader view.
"I always read the Capitol as [messed] up pansexuality, everybody is doing everybody," Banks told the site. "Back to Greek and Roman times! It's all happening."
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: In "The Hunger Games," stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz, left) talks strategy with Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Credit: Murray Close / Lionsgate.