Lenny Kravitz Talks About Bisexual Role in "The Hunger Games"

Posted Monday March 19, 2012 9:12 PM GMT

As the much anticipated film "The Hunger Games" gears up to hit theaters this week, we're getting to know the characters a little more and even delving into how Lenny Kravitz prepared to play a bisexual role in the action packed flick.

Many fans of the book have wondered if Kravitz's character, Cinna, is gay or not because he is a stylist and fashion designer for the main character, Katniss.

Talking to Celebuzz about his character, Lenny revealed how surprising it was when people made that assumption, saying, "I’ll be quite frank with you — I didn’t know about Hunger Games — so when I’m telling kids and they say, ‘Who are you playing?’ and I say Cinna, they go, ‘Oh you’re playing the gay guy.’ That was an actual answer. I’ve never brought that up yet. That’s how they perceived it. So I thought about it, and I read the book and I don’t see that he is or isn’t [gay]. He’s a designer, he’s a stylist, he has gold eyeliner—that doesn’t mean anything either way.”

Piping in about the sexuality of the series, Elizabeth Banks - who was sitting next to Lenny during the interview - added, “I always read the Capitol as f—ked up pansexuality, everybody is doing everybody. Back to Greek and Roman times! It’s all happening.”

As for how Lenny was able to really tap into character, he revealed, "I actually have a friend who is a dancer who is bisexual, and he was a lot of inspiration for my speech pattern and my rhythm, and kind of the way I sauntered in and out a little bit.”

Cinna becomes close friends with Katniss in the film, and developing that relationship on screen was very easy for Lenny because the stars knew each other before filming.

“[Jennifer] is so funny. There was already warmth between us. She was already so close with my daughter. She would come home on weekends to the house. That definitely helped.”

Check out the most recent clip of the "Hunger Games," in which Miss Lawrence's character Katniss says goodbye to Liam Hemsworth's character Gale just before she leaves for the 74th Annual Hunger Games.

"The Hunger Games" hits theaters this Friday, March 23rd.