EXCLUSIVE: Thomas McDonell Read ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie Script
We spoke to newcomer, Thomas McDonell, at the ‘I Am Number Four’ premiere in Los Angeles on February 9th. We went into the interview expecting nothing more than a short book-related chat for the main Page to Premiere Network site…and ended up with a possible Gale contender! McDonell is in his early 20′s, and a fantastic artist. You can watch a great video portrait of him by Interview Magazine, that showcases some of his work. He got into acting accidentally while studying abroad in China, and since then guest starred on an episode of Law and Order, and has the lead in the upcoming movie ‘Prom.’.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I actually just got ahold of a copy of I Am Number Four.
Q: Is it a good read?
A: I started reading it.
Q: Is that your favorite type of book? Sci-Fi?
A: No, but I read them sometimes.
Q: Which book would you love to see become a movie?
A: That’s a good question! I don’t know, you thinking of anything in particular?
Q: Yeah, we actually run a website about The Hunger Games, have you heard of that series of books?
Q: Would you be interested in becoming a part of that project?
A: Yeah, they’re making it I think, right?
Q: Yeah they actually just started casting right now and…
A: I read the script. (Smiles)
Q: You read the script!
Q: We were thinking you’d be a great actor for the role of Gale in The Hunger Games. What did you think about the script?
A: I think that Gale is sort of…well they’re all sort of interesting characters but Gale’s a cool one.
Q: The characters in The Hunger Games are actually supposed to be 16, and you’re probably a lot older than 16.
A: I’m a little older than 16. (Smiles)
Q: You could probably play a little younger. Do you think that’s a really important aspect of the story; that they need to be young?
A: I think that it’s important that they are young, to that story…but that’s sort of how the movie business works. Some play older and some play younger. Acting, you know.
Q: Yeah. Hopefully we’ll see you in The Hunger Games, perhaps, in the future!
A: That would be cool, huh!