Josh Hutcherson talks The Hunger Games

Exclusive: “Mentally it was tough…”

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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    • FBHStevens

      Jan 16th 2012, 13:00

      All these Twilight comparisons are getting on my nerves a little. Don't get me wrong, I like Twilight well enough, but aside from the age of the protagonists and the fact that there's a bit of a love triangle going on, there is no comparison. The similarities end there. The books are far better written, for a start. But there are no vampires, werewolves, or other supernatural beings here. Instead you have a dystopian future where the USA has been destroyed and a new country with a dictatorial leadership is in power, and forces it's people to participate in The Hunger Games every year to keep them in line. And what exactly are The Hunger Games? Think 'Battle Royale'...24 teenagers pitted against each other in a fight to the death where there can only be one victor. Twilight this AIN'T!!

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    • MikeyRix

      Jan 16th 2012, 15:27

      In addition, FBHStevens, with the 24-teenagers-pitted-against-eachother thing, you've got the feeling that ANY of them could be killed off, Katniss included. With "Twilight" you know it's gonna be a happy ending before you've even touched the cover...

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    • MaxineFields

      Jan 24th 2012, 8:29

      To my mind the film wasn't successful, as I have seen before Josh Hutcherson could act better free pdf editor

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