Josh Hutcherson recently spoke with IGN about Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and The Hunger Games. Here’s a little of what he had to say about The Hunger Games:
IGN: How was the Hunger Games shoot?
Josh Hutcherson: From the whole beginning with the casting process to now being finished with the movie, it’s been a whirlwind. The shoot was long and tough. It’s a fun action movie with an amazing story and great characters. Gary Ross, the director, has done an amazing job and the transition from the book to the movie was flawless. All of the characters are perfectly cast.
IGN: Did you enjoy the shoot?
Hutcherson: I really enjoyed all the action stuff. It was like running around playing in the woods like I did all my life growing up. It was gruelling but it was made easy by [director] Gary [Ross] and by the greatness of the story. Even though it was this big, epic studio franchise, it didn’t feel like that on set. It was a very intimate setting which I feel allowed for everybody to give great performances.
IGN: Being part of this potentially huge franchise, did you feel any pressure, like, “I’d better not screw this up”?
Hutcherson: You know, because I was confident in the idea that I was so much Peeta in myself, I wasn’t worried about that as much as I was terrified of what my life might become. That’s the scariest part of it all for me.
You can read what else he had to say about being Peeta and his work on Journey 2 HERE. And there is a question in the Hunger Games portion of the interview in which Josh says he’s seen the movie in 3D. Be aware that he was talking about Journey 2 and that question was probably just put into the wrong section of the interview.