Friday, July 1, 2011
Dear Lenny Kravitz:
I have to admit that the news of you being cast as Cinna left me shocked and speechless. I hadn't been following casting rumors so I had no clue that you were even being considered. I was stunned to speechlessness, not because you don't look like Cinna in my head, but because I didn't know you are an actor. My only exposure to you has been through your music. Much to my surprise I learned that you were supposedly brilliant in Precious and that is why you were offered the role as Cinna. I haven't seen the movie but I've watched a few clips on Youtube and I can see your potential as Cinna. I feel much better after watching those few clips.
I'm sure you're wondering why I'm writing if I'm feeling ok about you playing my beloved Cinna. I'm writing to plead with you to take the time to really get to know this character. He's not some flamboyant stylist that can be portrayed easily. He's so much more than that. In a recent interview with CNN it was mentioned that Cinna is the heart of the series and I truly believe that. Katniss may be the Mockingjay but she is just the face of the rebellion, placed there through a series of very strategic events. Events that Cinna had an integral part in, events that would have failed if not for Cinna's talent and genius. He is strong, rebellious, artistic, faithful, caring, fierce, beautiful and fabulous all at the same time. His subtle rebellion touched me in a way that no other character in the series did.
I've had other fictional characters ruined for me in their movie adaptations. I'm not sure I can handle that happening to Cinna so I'm asking, pleading and begging you to do the beautiful man justice. Please portray him in a way that (spoiler!!!) even when he is dead that I will still be brought to tears by his sketches of Katniss's Mockingjay uniform, by Annie wearing a dress he made to her wedding and by the simple words "I'm still betting on you."