Josh Hutcherson: ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie is “Staying True to the Story”
Overall, how do you think people are going to receive these [movies]?
At times when you’re adapting a book into a movie, you have to take certain creative liberties to bridge the gap between the two forms of media. And with Suzanne involved, I feel like that can really ease people’s minds who are worried about it being changed too much, because it’s staying true to the story. But there are certain things—like, for instance, in the Hunger Games books it’s completely internal monologue with Katniss. She talks out loud, or you hear her voice in her head basically talking about how she feels and whatnot. In the movie, you can’t really do that without narration. . . . [Y]ou have to find a way to tell these things without using exposition or without using narration. I think we did that really well, and I think that people are going to be really happy with it. What’s cool too is that even though it’s a big, action, kind of studio movie, it had a really sort of indie feel on set, where we had a lot of creative liberty.