Veteran actor Donald Sutherland has called on today’s youth to overcome voter apathy and launch a revolutionary movement to help bring about social and political change.
The Hunger Games series star, 79, reveals he was drawn to the film franchise, in which he plays the tyrannical leader of Panem, President Coriolanus Snow, because he wanted to help young film fans recognize the roles they have to play in real-life politics if they want to bring about a change in governments and world affairs.
Referencing the low 36.4 per cent voter turnout in last week’s midterm elections, he tells breakfast show Good Morning America, “I wanted to end my life being part of something that would maybe catalyse and maybe revolutionize young people because they have been so dormant. And you know, this election, it was the lowest voter representation in 72 years. Young people have to get up; you have to get up and change things, you really do, and it’s up to you.
“We’ve wrecked this world and if you’re gonna fix it, you’ve got to do it now.”
He adds, “If I can just see young people catalyse and go to the voting booth and have some kind of a revolutionary movement – not an armed revolutionary movement, but a revolutionary movement – that would change things up.”
Sutherland’s comments emerge two days after the London world premiere of the third installment of the movie series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which features Jennifer Lawrence’s heroine character Katniss Everdeen leading a rebellion to overthrow villainous Snow.
The films are based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling The Hunger Games books.