Josh Hutcherson Talks Hunger Games Violence, Kissing Jennifer, and Catching Fire
Reuters published an interview with Josh Hutcherson today, where he discussed the increasing violence in the later Hunger Games books, winning an award for Best Kiss, and what he’s most looking forward to in ‘Catching Fire’.
Q: The “Hunger Games” books get progressively darker and more violent as Katniss’ revolution rises against President Snow’s oppressive regime. How do you think this will be dealt with in the upcoming films, which are rated PG-13?
A: “We didn’t shy away from the violence, but at the same time, we didn’t have to go graphic with it. So, I think it’ll be similar in the second movie as far as the action goes. As far as the overall story going to a darker place, I think sometimes in life, it can be very dark and grim and very real, and I feel that by writing the book that way, Suzanne made it feel real for me. That’s something young people are able to see … the story is about hope and rising up against something. Even though it’s dark at times, it still has this light being, Katniss, and her ability to try to start this big movement to fight.”
Q: Speaking of Katniss, you and Jennifer won the MTV Movie Award for best kiss in June. It had been dominated by the stars of vampire romance “Twilight” in recent years. Feel good to win?
A: “Jennifer and I are such good friends. One of the hardest parts for us is to pretend we’re in love on screen. It feels so cheesy at times because we’re in love with each other in real life as really good friends and just switching that dynamic over was like, ‘can we actually do this? We’re so goofy and silly together, can we actually pretend that we’re seriously lovers?’ It’s good to know that people say ‘yes, you can.’”
Q: What are you most excited to explore in “Catching Fire?”
A: “Katniss and Peeta’s relationship because Peeta loves Katniss and can’t help himself from loving Katniss. At the same time he feels like Katniss is just playing this game for everybody else and she doesn’t actually have any real feelings for Peeta. As an actor, it’s hard to play that, yet also really fun and challenging. I can’t wait to dive into that aspect.”
I’m quite looking forward to seeing how Katniss and Peeta’s relationship progresses in ‘Catching Fire’, too!
And I know there’s way more to their relationship than this, but here’s hoping the Beach Scene blows the Cave Scene out of the water!
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