In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, Josh Hutcherson shared his experiences in working with Jennifer Lawrence, kissing her, and Peeta and Katniss’ relationship in Catching Fire.
On Catching Fire’s plot and working with other actors:
“I think in [Catching Fire] the story kind of opens up a lot. There’s a lot more interesting plots that start to develop and everything kind of thickens and we sort of just up the overall feel of the movie.”
“I mean, we kept the same idea of the first with the whole world,” Josh adds. “But we kind of bumped it up a little and made it a little more immersive, but it’s really great. [And] we stayed true to the book as always.”
“We got some amazing actors to come in [like] Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was pretty incredile to work with all these guys.”
On Peeta and Katniss’ relationship:
“I can’t divulge any kind of plot details, but it’s up and down. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship is very complicated. It has a lot of little things that need to be worked out, but it’s good. People, I think, will be very satisfied with it.”
On kissing Jennifer Lawrence:
And speaking of on-screen relationships, Josh dished on what it’s like to kiss someone for “work.”
“I’d say there’s a natural stirring that happens in your body,” the actor laughs. “If you’re in the moment and you’re in the scene, then naturally whatever naturally happens is what’s supposed to happen.”
In a recent interview (with Variety) while accepting her award at the CinemaCon, Elizabeth Banks, who plays District 12 escort Effie Trinket, was able to chat about The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. According to her:
“No huge surprises. Effie has a heart that grows multiple sizes. We’re true to the book. Hopefully we’re delivering to the fans. That’s what they want.” Of course, “I spent a lot of time in the hair and makeup trailer, and every day we had that ‘ah-ha’ moment.”
Effie (middle) with Katniss (L) and Peeta (R)
In the first trailer Catching Fire, Effie is still tight up with “manners” and her costume is much more flamboyant. Can’t wait to see the rest of her outfit in November 22nd.
In a recent interview with Collider, Stanley Tucci, the actor who plays flamboyant host Caesar Flickerman in “The Hunger Games” franchise, talks about directors Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence.
COLLIDER: Jumping into something else, The Hunger Games switched directors to Francis Lawrence and I’m curious what was it like working with him on the next film?
TUCCI: He was great, he’s lovely. I think Gary [Ross] did such an amazing and Gary’s such a nice guy. They’re very different directors and personalities. Gary’s very garrulous and Francis is very quiet, but he’s very talented and I had a really nice time with him.
COLLIDER: Obviously people have read the book, but what can you tease people about the next one?
TUCCI: [Laughs] I can’t, I really can’t, I’m sworn to secrecy number one, but also you have to remember I’m only there for a week and I shoot all my stuff on a stage and then that’s it, so I’m not even privy to what’s going on.
COLLIDER: The Hunger Games is a huge franchise now. Were there any difference for you in terms of when you’re making the first one you’re not really sure if anyone’s going to come out for the movie, then it comes out and it’s this massive hit. Did you feel any pressure going back for the sequel? Or was it sort of like you did it and you can do it again?
TUCCI: Yeah, I think that’s what you feel, you just want to do it as well again, that’s all. You never want to rest on your laurels. You just want to give it 100% every time.
To read the rest of the interview (more on Tucci’s latest flick Jack the Giant Slayer with Nicholas Hoult as lead), click it here.
First, Liam Hemsworth was able to talk to Vanity Fair about Catching Fire. The Australian actor was also able to share his experiences of having multiple jobs (which you might not actually imagined that he did) before landing an acting role. He also talked about Miley and her new hair! The video cannot be embedded but you can see it on Vanity Fair’s site. Click here to view the interview.
And for another good news. The Hunger Games was able to get nominations from the Saturn and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Awards.
The Hunger Games was nominated for its screenplay at the Nebula Award. THG was also nominated for the “Best Science Fiction Film” and “Best Actress” at the Saturn Awards.