March 19, 2012 5:46pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
'Hunger Games': Katniss and Gale Say Goodbye in New Clip (Video)
The wait is almost over for Hunger Games fans, as the highly anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ beloved novel is due out on Friday, March 23. But in the meantime, Lionsgate has released a new clip featuring Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale.
In the video below, the longtime friends can be seen hugging goodbye after Katniss is called upon to enter the games.
“There’s 24 of us, Gale. Only one comes out,” Katniss says. Gale’s response: “Yeah, and it’s gonna be you.”
The Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy praised Lawrence's performance in his review of the film, calling her "an ideal screen actress."
"At the center of things most of the time, Lawrence remains compelling all the way," McCarthy wrote. "As in Winter's Bone, she's onscreen alone, or nearly so, a great deal, and she holds one's attention unselfconsciously, without asking for attention or even doing much other than the task at hand."
Watch the duo’s emotional farewell in the clip below.