The tragedy that rocked Paris - and the rest of the world - has elicited a number of responses across all sorts of industries, from the NFL hosting a moment of silence before every game this weekend to the cancellation of concerts across the world. Hollywood has not been left out of the fray. In fact, the Los Angeles movie premiere for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has been scaled back “out of respect for the very recent events in Paris.”
The film’s producer, Lionsgate, decided to cancel two hours of red carpet interviews with the film’s stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson after Friday’s deadly attacks.
Pieces of Mockingjay Part 2 were filmed in Paris in addition to Germany and Atlanta.
Lionsgate released a statement that, “Out of respect for the very recent events in Paris, we have decided to modify our red carpet and we will not conduct interviews at Monday's Mockingjay 2 premiere. We will proceed with the rest of the event as planned in honor of the incredible fans who have always supported our films with such passion.”
Mockingjay Part 2 is the fourth and final installment in the franchise geared towards young adults and prominently featuring Lawrence as the lead character, Katniss Everdeen.
Also, Tuesday’s Paris premiere of the Tom Hardy film, Legend, has been cancelled.
Legend was set to have its French movie premiere at the Olympia Theater located in Paris, but the film’s parent company, Vivendi, released a statement that, “Following the tragic events of this weekend, we decided to cancel the premiere of the movie Legend which was scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Olympia. We thank you for your understanding.”
While Hardy himself was not expected at the premiere, the British singer Duffy was expected to give a special performance at the theater.
Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies, was also set to hold its Paris premiere on Sunday but it was called off. Fox released a statement that, “In light of the tragedy in Paris, we have cancelled our scheduled film events. Further, we stand with the people of Paris and our thoughts go out to all those affected by these horrible events.”
The music industry has also reacted to the tragedy. U2 and Foo Fighters’ concerts were cancelled. Madonna did not cancel her Saturday night concert in Sweden but noted she was very apprehensive about going forward with it.
She told the audience that, “In many ways I feel torn, because it’s like: 'Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?’” However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us, and we won’t let them. We will never let them.”