Donald Sutherland: President Snow "Absolutely Loves" Katniss Everdeen

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Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland attend the premiere of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Cathching Fire" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  

The actor also talked about the anti-war message he sees in 'The Hunger Games.'

Donald Sutherland plays Katniss Everdeen's adversary, the evil President Snow, in the Hunger Games series.

The actor sat down with The Wall Street Journal to promote the final installment of the series, Mockingjay — Part 2, and spoke about Snow's connection with Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence.

“He absolutely loves her,” he told the WSJ, saying the way the two characters challenge each other reminds him of more positive, loving relationships.

Sutherland continued, "There are really good people who really love you, who see the flaws in you, who see the potential in you and [who] do things to try to generate that, to make it grow."

In his interview, Sutherland also touched on the anti-war message he thinks is at the heart of the Hunger Games story. When he initially read the script for the first film, he wrote an analysis on why it was important for the younger generation to see it.

"War exists for profit, for oil, for money, for territory," he said, discussing how the youth now should speak out against war. “Excuse me, but how can the good guys be doing that?”

He parallels the real-life sacrifice of younger people as soldiers in war to the plotline of The Hunger Games, in which children from various districts are sent to kill each other in an annual event.

Said Sutherland, “It is always the kids, and it’s the poor kids who are always sent.”