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Hunger Games actors on whirlwind, worldwide promotional tour

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NEW YORK -- Nine -- that's how many red carpets the stars of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have walked at premières around the globe to promote it.

Not that they're complaining about going to cities such as Rome, London, Paris and Madrid. Still, the film's stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, admitted it was a bit of a whirlwind travelling for the second film in the Hunger Games series.

"You look at the schedule and you're like, 'Oh man, that's gruelling,' and then you're living it and you're like, 'I can't possibly ... uh, I can't do this,"' she said, laughing, on the red carpet at the film's final première in New York City on Wednesday night.

"It's crazy to wake up in a different city every day, but I think turning up and seeing how excited people are for this film, it gives you energy," Hemsworth said.

Because of all that travelling, Lawrence said, she had no idea what was going on in the world, particularly with current events.

"It's impossible," she said. "People were talking about things that had happened during the week. I'm like, 'I wasn't on the planet.' Like, I don't know what happened. I didn't know the mayor (of Toronto) was smokin' crack," she said, referencing the scandal involving that city's mayor, Rob Ford.

The 23-year-old Oscar winner was jovial at the event, which also drew cast members Philip Seymour Hoffman and Elizabeth Banks, and other stars, such as the designer Valentino and Brooke Shields. Lawrence cracked jokes with reporters and talked to all the press -- a change from the Los Angeles première earlier in the week where she was too sick to do many interviews.

Catching Fire will be released in theatres today.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 22, 2013 D8

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