There are a lot of characters in The Hunger Games that play a role in Katniss’ development, but may not get much screen time. One of those characters is Mr. Everdeen, the man who taught Katniss the skills she would need to keep her family alive in District 12 and keep herself alive in the arena. We get glimpses of his character in the book through multiple flashback scenes, but you can only put so much in one movie.
Phillip Troy Linger was the lucky man chosen to be Katniss’ father, and that wasn’t even the role he originally auditioned for. In an interview with The Villages Daily Sun, Linger spoke about being a part of The Hunger Games:
Linger first auditioned for a peacekeeper character, a member of the military police force controlled by the Capitol, the government of the nation of Panem.
While he wasn’t selected as a peacekeeper, he was given the role of Everdeen’s father.
“It’s a great character,” Linger said. “I felt very fortunate to get it.”
Everdeen’s father is featured in a few scenes set in flashbacks. Linger said he hopes the character will be more developed in the other films.
Linger read the first book in the trilogy after he was offered the role and said he could identify with Everdeen’s dad.
“I think I’m pretty protective and fatherly and hands-on,” he said.
He also described attending the world premiere of the film in Los Angeles as a “surreal” experience.
“It was out of this world,” he said. “It’s the biggest movie I’ve ever been involved with. I’m very happy to be a part of the project.”
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Source: The Villages Daily Sun via The Hob