Bruno Gunn talks Brutus and Catching Fire
Bruno Gunn recently went home to Canton, Ohio, to emcee the 40th Anniversary of Pathway Caring for Children. While there, his hometown newspaper,The Canton Repository, had the chance to catch up with him for an interview.
Here’s what he had to say about working with the Catching Fire cast:
While unable to divulge any specifics about his action-heavy scenes in “Catching Fire” — filmed last year in Atlanta and the Hawaiian jungle — Gunn spoke in reverent tones about his fellow cast members.
“You get to the set and look around and it’s just one great actor after another,” he said. “The first night there I was having dinner with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer (Lawrence), Josh (Hutcherson), Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer. Not just great actors but good human beings.
“I’d be in makeup talking art with Woody Harrelson,” Gunn recalled. “Watching Stanley Tucci act was like a master class in acting. That goes for Jennifer and Josh, too. I’d hang back, watch and learn as much as possible.”
Bruno also spoke about what happened when he learned he had been cast as District 2 Victor Brutus:
After receiving the news that he’d been cast as Brutus, Gunn first made an ecstatic phone call to his fiancée. But as fate would have it, he was flying to Italy that very day to visit with friends and family, and decided to wait until he arrived to tell them.
“Here I am with this life-changing news and I’m stuck on a plane for nine hours,” he said. To his amusement, the majority of his fellow passengers were watching the first “Hunger Games” as the in-flight movie.
To prepare for “Catching Fire” role as Brutus, a strong and brutal returning Hunger Games victor, Gunn worked out intensively three to four hours daily with trainer Drew Logan, doing a lot of weights, a lot of cardio and 500 situps every night.” “I was in good shape when I got the role, but I wanted to bring a stronger, bigger, more physical Brutus.”
You can read the entire article at CantonRep.com.