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. BlackBlack3746

    i luv the hunger games the book is ok but the movie i thank is awsum oh my gosh the hunger games is my absolute favorit omg go hunger games need to make more books like that omg

  2. Keyster

    You did a really good job portraying Peeta in the movie, I’m currently begging my parents for all three books. I tackled the entire Twilight series in a week, so I dontthink reading all of the HUnger Games series will be a challenge. By the twilight series I mean Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn in a WEEK! Pretty impressive right.

  3. electricyclops2

    the hunger games is the best book and movie everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Bryn

    I love Josh so much! I also Love these books! Jen and Josh are the perfect people for the roles!!! I have the Hunger Games nail polish on right now!! I think Josh and Alex (Cato) are SUPER CUTE!!!!!

  5. Lydia

    Cool! I love Josh Hutcherson almost as much as I love The Hunger Games! When I saw he was Peeta, I was SO happy because, in all honesty, he’s the perfect fit! It looks like Josh agrees too. :)

  6. sports

    but one thing the movie had that the book didnt have was alot of gore but the book gave more detail i love the book alot more than the movie

  7. drawingcake7

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the hunger games.i think they have action figures

  8. dolphin6

    the hunger game is a very good movie and i think that josh hutcherson is the perfect person to take that spot all his other movies were great. :little manhattan and the fire house dog and the bridge to teribitthia they were all very good movies

  9. kylie

    I love peeta AKA Josh hucherson!!I love the movie I love the book I love every hting i actally have hunger games cloths on one of my game avatars!!Go catness and peeta!!

  10. thoughtfullemon1

    Hey! I love the hunger games movie and the book. Peter, katniss, prim, and gale are awesome. I cant believe there are nail polishes for the hunger games.

  11. Greensoccer39

    SUPER CUTE!!!! LOL I love him and can’t wait to see him in some other movies soon! He is the best actor ever! HA!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)