Why Lenny Kravitz Was Jealous of His 'Hunger Games' Costars' Costumes

03/19/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

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Lenny Kravitz may play a stylist in The Hunger Games, but don’t expect to see him on screen in the over-the-top fashions worn by his costars.

“I couldn’t compete with that,” he said of the colorful, detailed getups worn by costars Elizabeth Banks and Wes Bentley. “But I was jealous as me, Lenny Kravitz, the person who likes to wear things.”

Kravitz envisioned a much less avant-garde look for Cinna, the stylist and confidante of the Hunger Games‘s heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

“When I told friends that had kids that I was doing this film and playing Cinna, they were like, ‘Oh, yeah, he’s like super flamboyant and super out there,’” he told reporters at a recent Los Angeles press day for the film. “The first question I had to get was, ‘How far do you want to take this?’ Was this going to be like the Fifth Element? Was I going to be like Chris Tucker? What was it going to be?”

Ultimately, the inspiration for Cinna’s look came from a surprising source: modern-day designers and fashion icons. “We discussed it and thought that it would be really interesting to pull him back and make him more like a Tom Ford or an Yves Saint Laurent,” Kravitz explained.

It’s an interesting choice for a character tasked with creating some of the most highly anticipated looks since Bella Swan’s Twilight wedding dress.

“Cinna basically wears waistcoats, shirts and slacks, and he’s very clean,” Kravitz said. “The goal is his touch of The Capitol, his touch of glam, but he’s more subdued.”

Added Banks, “It’s like Cinna’s little sign of rebellion already that he doesn’t embrace [the Capitol fashion].” Tell us: Which Hunger Games character are you most excited to see on screen?

--Jessica Wedemeyer

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ebb on

I LOVED Cinna in the books – & can SO see Lenny as Cinna! Can’t wait to see them all!

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TL on

Clearly those kids or whomever Kravitz talked to were not paying attention when they read the books, and he obviously didn’t read them either. Cinna was NOT “flamboyantly dressed and super out there”, which is why Katniss was drawn to him because he was more subdued and not in the whacky outfits the other Capital people were wearing and acting like, and why she felt she could trust him. Re-read the books and you will see he was quite understated in looks, dress and even personality. The way they’re dressing Kravitz and portraying his personality in the movie is more in line with Cinna in the books, so they really were not going in a different direction from the other Capital people.

shieroc on

He’s hot anyway you look at it!

deanna on

Cinna was not flamboyant in the book. In fact the point is made that he is makes a greater impact with his understated look. Only eyeliner and dressed all in black unlike others with gobs of make-up, bright hair color and guady clothing and accessories.

Kimid on

@Deanna, @TL couldn’t have said it better myself.

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I’m jealous…of his co-stars – he’s SO delish! :)

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LUV me some Lenny! Hotness!

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