Dayo Okeniyi was at the Fiction2Film fan convention in Chicago where he had a fantastic panel!! Check out Dayo’s photos and a summary of our tweets from the panel. Gotta say I LOVE the shoes Dayo!!
1. Dayo says the funniest part was people face planting while running for the cornucopia
2. Dayo says Gary would do the count down n Jack Quaid would always take off at 2 LOL
3. Dayo googled
#HungerGames and realized how massive this story was before he auditioned
4. Dayo says the 3 months before filming was scary thinking about meeting the actors but they were the most down to earth people
5 Dayo says Lenny told him he was a big fun of Thresh
6. Dayo says
#HungerGames completely changed his life and to know everyone he loved was going to see the movie was huge
7. Dayo just did a 3 finger salute
8. Dayo says for 3 months he was in the gym 3 hours a day 7 days a week and an 1 1/2 of stunt training daily
9. Dayo says when he went back to normal diet, his first cheat meal was In and Out burgers with alexander Ludwig and Jack Quaid
10. Dayo says his name means “our wealth has become joy”
11. Dayos fave scene from the movie was Effie “that is mahogany”
12. Dayo says initially the script said just this time 12 for her, but later changed to for Rue
13. Dayo says if not acting he would love to do directing, writing, anything else behind the scenes
14. Dayo says when he read for the role it was quick. He left the room then kept getting feedback that nina jacobson n lionsgate saw his tape.
15. Dayo says then Gary saw his tape n he was to go to Garys on friday n it was delayed till Monday which was the longest weekend of his life
16. Dayo says at first his agent told him Gary cancelled his test cause he was cast off of his audition tape! He was “numb”
17. Dayo then called his folks and then he started seeing news online and it starts to get real
18. Dayo says he did directed a music video from a friend of his and used a lot of Gary’s techniques
19. Dayo has seen the dvd extras and says we will love them
20. Dayo called Amandla ”rhubarb” and said she n Jackie was major pranksters with their own signature prank!
21. Dayo says his fave book in the trilogy is the first one cause it does a great job of pulling you into the world
22. Dayo says all the cast were really cool. There were no divas on set everyone just really great
23. Dayo honestly loves Thresh cause he is a complicated dude with a lot going on internally. He is a sensitive guy
24. When the filming wrapped there was genuine tears from the cast. Feels he will never be part of anything as special as this
25. Dayo says he doesn’t know why they get to Isabelle to play psychotic characters cause she is the sweetest person.
26. Dayo jokes he’d smash Isabelles head on set then go out for sushi afterwards ha ha
27. Dayo says he made up his character back story and what Thresh upbringing was like and how many times was his name in for the reaping