March 16, 2012

Josh Hutcherson Talks About Peeta

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Hungergames_130Hunger Games Interview with Josh Hutcherson!

Some people disagree with me, but I think the most important character in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (for ages 12 and up) is Peeta. Therefore, I also think that the actor who plays Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has the most important role in The Hunger Games movie (rated PG-13), in theaters March 23. In my eyes, for the movie to really work, Peeta has to be just right. That’s why I am so excited to read this interview with Josh talking about Peeta because it sounds like he really gets him. It makes me even more excited to see the movie!

Q: How did you prepare for the role of Peeta, a baker who becomes a fighter? Did you have to train in baking and fighting before the movie?

Josh: [Laughs] Actually, one of the things that drew me to The Hunger Games so much is how much I felt like myself and Peeta had in common. I think we’re very much the same person. We have a very similar outlook on life . . . about being genuine with people. I think that’s something that Peeta always is. He’s very good at working with people. He’s very outgoing, and he really believes in not letting anything change you. You always need to make sure that you are true to yourself and you’re being the truest version of you. For me, that’s kind of how I’ve been throughout the movie business. People can really change you and you can sort of lose who you are. But I’ve always believed in maintaining myself as a person.
As far as preparing for the role, I felt like I was really already there mentally. You know, the books give a lot of insight into the characters, which is really great. So, having that as a reference was awesome. And Suzanne Collins was great. I had a great conversation with her. She asked me if I had any question about motivations, to just give her a call and she would happily talk it out with me.
As far as the baking and fighting goes, I actually love to bake, funnily enough. That’s another thing Peeta and I have in common. I’ve always been into cooking and baking. And with the fighting element, Peeta doesn’t fight a whole lot in the first Hunger Games. So, I didn’t have too much training for that. I did, however, put on 15 pounds of muscle weight for the role to get that beefier, been-lifting-bags-of-flour sort of look. Basically, I was eating a ton of protein and working out every day, lifting a lot of weights and stuff like that. Peeta is “farm boy” kind of strong, so he’s not like the cut surfer model type. He’s a little bulkier and a little bit bigger, so that’s what we were going for with the look.

Q: Do you think Peeta would be a friend of yours in real life?
Josh: I definitely think so. We’d definitely get along because we’d pretty much have the exact same view about life, and our demeanor would be very similar.

What do you think? Isn’t he perfect? Leave a Comment! And if The Hunger Games is your favorite book, don’t forget to vote for it in the Kids’ Choice Awards!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Marie Morreale

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  1. DolphinBrown26

    this video is very inspiring I actually know that one of our idols actually reads and i love to read so it was a very intresting video to see and also know that everytime i read i will know that there are very special people(celeberties) that are maybe reading too.

  2. Abby

    I saw it with my friends on opening night! We also screamed when we saw peeta on the big screen <3 Peeta is definitely the best character, Better than katniss! I LOVE YOU PEETA!

  3. Mandy

    I’m such a Peeta fan! My friends at school think I over exaggerating about peeta. I’m loving the book I have dreams about peeta too! TEAM PEETA!!

  4. dolphinfangs44

    i went 2 go watch the hunger games and read the books 2 i love Josh Hutcherson he is so cute anyways im 9 and i read the books and saw the movie i just love peeta

  5. orangeathletic6

    I can not wait to see the movie!! :) I am reading the book now! It is very good! I am a fan of Hunger Games!:)

  6. Jesse

    I’m a huge fan of Suzzane Collins, and when I hear her movie’s gonna come out, I fell out of the chair. Sweet!

  7. hungergamefan

    i cant wait to see the movie it sounds so almost finish with the first book.i love u hunger games

  8. blackdragon530

    Im soooooooooo pumped!I looooove Josh and Peeta!My dream is to look like katniss and marry Peeta!The movie was awesome!Love you Josh or Peeta!

  9. Ley56

    Blah blah blah. You know who’s cute. THE MUFFIN DISTRICT 4 KID! (sigh) Ethan Jameison. The cutest boy ever.

  10. Frosty

    I luv the Hunger Games! They’re the best books i’ve ever read. And I thought Josh Hutcherson did amazing as the role of Peete.