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MockingJay Cast Star in Ebola PSA

By Kyle Sacchi

It seems like the Hunger Games stars are lending their voices to a very important health cause.

The cast of Mockingjay, including Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, recently participated in a public service announcement in hopes of raising awareness about the tragic Ebola outbreak.

The PSA was published on Monday, December 29th by the Ebola Survival Fund, which was founded by actor Jeffrey Wright, who plays Beetee in the franchise’s third film, and works with large programs in order to fight the deadly disease.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence participate in a public service announcement to spread awareness about the Ebola outbreak. Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

Wright drew inspiration for the video from The Hunger Games and hopes to inform viewers that there is a still a great need for aid in West Africa.

The Hunger Games allegory aligns with this Ebola outbreak in that we, the United States, the West, relative to this, is very much like the Capitol and Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, are very much like the outer districts,” Wright told Entertainment Weekly.

“I thought, well, let’s play with that idea as a way of highlighting the stark contrast between we, the Capitol, and they, the outer districts, and using some of the constructs from the movie as a way of shining additional light on some of the contrasts.”

Despite the serious nature of the clip, the video wouldn’t be complete without a sassy moment from Lawrence who can’t help but let her silly side shine as she shares the screen with Josh Hutcherson.