There was no question that Donald Sutherland would take home the Teen Choice Award surfboard for Choice Movie Villain. Despite Kate Winslet’s piercing glare in Divergent and Michael Fassbender’s full-body Magneto clench in X-Men: Days of Future Past, there was really no competition with Sutherland’s calm, chilling, malevolent President Snow from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
What did surprise us, however, was how adorably Sutherland accepted his award—by tossing berries at the teenaged audience.
You’ve got to imagine that Sutherland got a kick out of sauntering onstage to screams and three-fingered salutes, from young fans who don’t know him as Buffy’s Watcher in the original movie or from Virus, but only as Katniss Everdeen’s greatest foe. And he milked that fan reaction for all it was worth, by bringing the “gift” of berries that he tossed into the crowd.
“I wouldn’t eat them if I were you!”
Wow. How did he make Snow simultaneously endearing and so evil?