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‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes’ Director Has A Lady Gaga Connection. Here’s How

The buzz around ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes’ has been positive. The fan-favorite franchise will get to see the origin of the world of Panem and the games. The dystopian drama is based on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 book of the same moniker. The story will focus on the origin of the oppressor, Coriolanus Snow, during the 10th Games. Francis Lawrence, the director of the previous trilogy, will helm the film.

Before becoming famous for directing the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy, Francis Lawrence directed some of the iconic music videos with artists like Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, and others. But the Little Monsters will be forever indebted to him for the stellar music video for Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’, which is one of the most visually enthralling videos of all time.

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Lady Gaga Trusted Francis Lawrence’s Ability As A Director For ‘Bad Romance’

Francis Lawrence directed Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'
Francis Lawrence directed Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’

We are nearing the 10th anniversary celebration of one of the most influential pop albums of all time, ‘Artpop’. It woke up the music industry and pop heads to the artistic potential of Lady Gaga. They understood the artistry behind the madness that Gaga exudes. If someone wants to introduce a person to her discography, one should recommend the video for ‘Bad Romance’.

‘Bad Romance’ was the first video song from her second studio album, ‘The Fame Monster’. The video looks like an ode to the legendary designer Alexander McQueen, but there was much more to the video. Gaga wanted to portray the spirit of a woman.

In an interview with MTV, the artist said, “That woman spirit is something that I want to project. It’s meant to be, ‘This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.”

During the interview, Lady Gaga talked highly of the legendary music video director and filmmaker, Francis Lawrence. She admitted that the two collaborated on the video song for ‘Bad Romance’.

Gaga added, “He’s a really pop video director and a filmmaker. He did ‘I Am Legend’ and I’m a huge Will Smith fan, so I knew he could execute the video in a way that I could give him all my weirdest, most psychotic ideas. But it would come across to and be relevant to the public.”

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‘The Hunger Games’ Director Admitted That None Of His Work Created A Fervor Like ‘Bad Romance’

Francis Lawrence and Lady Gaga on the sets of 'Bad Romance'
Francis Lawrence and Lady Gaga on the sets of ‘Bad Romance’

When ‘The Fame Monster’ was released, Lady Gaga became a strong figure in the pop world. During the 2010 award ceremonies, Gaga won the majority of them. During the 2010 MTV Video and Music Awards, Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ won the ‘Video of the Year’ award. When the video was released and garnered views, Francis Lawrence admitted to having not seen such a fervor around his music videos.

In an interview, Francis Lawrence said, “I’ve been doing it a long time, but I’ve never really experienced an explosion with a video like this, where people so eagerly awaited it and it blew up on YouTube instantly. For a while, until the Justin Bieber video came out, it was the most-viewed video on YouTube.”

Francis Lawrence also praised the ‘Applause’ artist, saying, “She loves the art form of music videos and she is a real creative partner and has great ideas and really cool and unique tastes.” The director continued, “She works hard, she shows up on time and she’s pretty spontaneous… it was great.”

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Nishant Bhise
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Nishant Bhise is a Senior Content Writer at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.