Josh Hutcherson Talks About Peeta’s Character Arc
In a new interview with IGN, Josh Hutcherson discusses Peeta’s character arc coming out of ‘The Hunger Games’ and into ‘Catching Fire’.
IGN: Since The Hunger Games is a trilogy, did you keep the direction of Peeta as a character in your mind when you were making the first movie?
Hutcherson: I really tried not to, because in reality these characters don’t know where they’re going. So I thought it would be weird if I was too focused on what’s happening in the future, because it would take the characters out of that moment and they would be knowing things they weren’t supposed to know. I mean, obviously we all knew where it was going but I tried not to think about it too much while we were shooting. But now that it’s actually coming and we’re going to start shooting the second one, I can’t wait. I can’t stop thinking about it. And I’m really excited.
IGN: Peeta has one of the most interesting arcs of all the characters in the trilogy. Without spoiling anything for anybody who hasn’t read the books, are you looking forward to what’s coming for him?
Hutcherson: That’s one of the things I’ve been most excited about with the whole series, the fact that Peeta does have such a really great arc, and he really goes through a big transformation. I mean, in the second book, he’s caught in a situation where he’s in love with this girl and she pretends to love him back, but only as a show. And that’s like, I can’t even imagine how deep that cut has to be, to be with this girl and be parading around and kissing and holding hands and pretending like you’re in love, when you really are in love and you know that she really isn’t. That’s just a cool mind screw and I can’t wait to play that out because it will be really fun.
IGN: Yeah, you’ve just got to feel sorry for the guy.
Hutcherson: I know! He’s such a genuinely nice guy. He just wants love.
I also liked his answer when asked whether he was more a supporter of Katniss/Peeta or Katniss/Gale.
IGN: Separately from playing the role, just as a person watching the story, do you find yourself rooting for that relationship versus the Katniss and Gale relationship?
Hutcherson: Honestly, it’s so hard to say. Because both have things that really make sense. Gale has been in Katniss’ life forever, and they’ve been super close and now that they’re older it’s like, wait, what is this? And they’re trying to define what their relationship is. [Peeta] is so in love with Katniss and has known it since the first time he saw her, but then never really acted on it. He’s just kind of admired her from afar. And so to see that come to fruition as well, that’s really intriguing. So it’s really hard to say which one is the sole winner. I feel like just because Peeta has been in love with her for such a long time and it’s this kind of undying love that he’d do anything for her, that’s the one I’m rooting for. But at the same time, who’s to say that Gale doesn’t feel that same way? Gale’s totally in love with her too. So it’s really hard to say.
I love reading interviews with Josh! He seems like such a genuine and enthusiastic guy and he plays such a perfect Peeta.
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