Total Film recently caught up with Josh Hutcherson, and, unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for talk to turn towards The Hunger Games.
Hutcherson, thus far best known for turns in Bridge To Terabithia, Journey To The Center Of The Earth and The Kids Are All Right, plays Peeta in the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ wildly successful novel.
Peeta is one half of District 12’s effort in the fight-to-the-death tournament, with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) being the other. Though, judging by what Hutcherson told us, the movie’s audition process sounds almost as gruelling as the games themselves:
“Mentally it was tough because I’d never connected with a character more than I did with Peeta. I felt he was so much like who I am as a person that I was like, “If I don’t get it, I won’t understand.” It drove me crazy.”
And then there’s perhaps an even scarier prospect to contend with: will he be ready if THG does become the next Twilight?
“I’m terrified of what my life could become. As an actor, everyone hopes one day to be that well known but at the same time to be thrust into it instantaneously is overwhelming.
“If it does happen, I’ll be grateful and terrified at the same time.”
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island opens on 3 February 2012, with The Hunger Games following on 23 March 2012.
For more from Josh Hutcherson, get the new issue of Total Film magazine, which hits newsstands on 19 January 2012.
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