The Hunger Games Casting Defended

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Director Gary Ross on role choices of Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games: ‘When I read the book, I thought Peeta would be hardest role to cast, and I feel so lucky that we found someone who embodies every aspect of such a complex character. I can’t wait to work with Josh.’

Author Suzanne Collins: ‘I was fortunate enough to be in room with Gary Ross when Josh came in to audition. Three lines into the read I knew he wouldd be fantastic. Josh totally captured Peeta’s temperament, his sense of humor and his facility for language. I’m thrilled to have him aboard.’

Producer Nina Jacobson: ‘Gale is a young man who uses words very sparingly, so the onus was on the actor we cast to capture him by showing, not telling. This was accomplished so beautifully in Suzanne’s writing Liam was able to translate it so naturally to the screen. At the same time Gale’s journey across the three books transforms him, and Liam’s performance left no doubt that he would take us there.’ Are you upset about the role choices?

  • Cesi.

    I can deal with Josh, but Liam? HELL TO THE NO.

  • Anonymous

    josh is a good pick for peeta but liam is terrible for gale; and if the author is happy with josh portraying peeta then it’s probably going to be good choice. besides all movies that are based on books always pale in comparison, so the best that they can hope for is for it to be a good movie on it’s own.

  • Anonymous

    katniss is supposed to be a brunette
    peeta is supposed to be blonde
    gale is supposed to have dark hair
    …..
    who cares about their hair color as long as they can act and portray the characters correctly!

    and yes liam is most definitely WRONG for being cast as gale!!! what were they thinking!!! but hopefully he proves me wrong and doesn’t ruin the character….hopefully, but not likely

  • Anonymous

    David henrie should of got picked instead of liam, at least he can act. And he looksb younger like how gale is supposed to look. Liam looks 21, not a good choice. But great choice for peeta, josh will be great!!!

  • Anonymous

    happy for josh. not for liam..
    i just cant see him as gale.

  • Anonymous

    I never read the books. I guess this movie is kind of a big deal. I might read it after because usually when I read them first the movie ends up disappointing me.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    liam looks like a good peeta and josh is an amzing actor and should be pretty good as peeta! gale is supposed to be TAN with DARK hair and grayy eyes

  • trolllin

    yes, i am beyond upset bitchhh. UGH dlkdfhohv

    they couldnt have picked a better Gale:|

  • Anonymous

    I think Josh will make a good Peeta. I was worried when I first heard, but he’s got the charm for it. Peeta is all about charm, and he’s really witty. The actor that plays him has to be able to pull that off, and I think Josh will do an excellent job. Liam on the other hand.. sorry Team Gale.

  • Anonymous

    I’d kind of prefer if they were switched, just for looks. I think Josh is gonna look really young next to Jennifer Lawrence, even though Peeta is described as having somewhat of a baby-face. Liam never came to mind when I read the books; i saw more of Luke Pasqualino or Ben Barnes. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

  • Anonymous

    I’d kind of prefer if they were switched, just for looks. I think Josh is gonna look really young next to Jennifer Lawrence, even though Peeta is described as having somewhat of a baby-face. Liam never came to mind when I read the books; i saw more of Luke Pasqualino or Ben Barnes. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

  • perezhilton

    josh has been acting since he could walk so there is no doubt in my mind he will put on a great performance but liam, josh will put his acting to shame unfortunately for him.

  • Anonymous

    seriously liam why? he couldn’t act for shit in last song. this movie is a big deal and he’ll ruin it and the book for me which were beyond amazing.

  • Anonymous

    Such a huge disappoinment… Worst decisions ever.

  • rae2213

    ul mad cus dat pussy from wowp wasn’t good enough to b chosen

  • itsxtruex3

    Josh is an amazing actor. Remember him in Bridge to Terabithia? He made me cryy. So I think they did a really good job picking him.

    But with Liam as Gale… I havent seen Liam in any movies. I may have to rent the last song to judge.

  • itsxtruex3

    <3 !!

  • _Tiger_

    Ugh! Peeta doesn’t even look like that. He looks more like Liam. But Liam’s too old. They better make this movie good.

  • sciverBerly

    they’re both sexy…..I’m gonna watch the movie

  • AtlanticSpirit

    I like it how the author spends a lot of time praising Josh, but she says nothing about Liam.

    The silence is deafening.

  • idkMyBFFjill

    Wow these people could justify the Holocaust if they had to.

  • milenator

    ok

  • Monica(:

    I think Josh is a good choice! Peeta’s supposed to be blond and Gale is suppose to be tan, hot and brunette but whatever! I kinda am surprised Liam got the role. He’s only famous because he dated Miley Cyrus.
    Josh H is a hawtie! <33

  • Monica(:

    I think Josh is a good choice! Peeta’s supposed to be blond and Gale is suppose to be tan, hot and brunette but whatever! I kinda am surprised Liam got the role. He’s only famous because he dated Miley Cyrus.
    Josh H is a hawtie! <33

  • MeenuD

    who gives a fuck

  • Anonymous

    What are they doing?! Liam Hemsworth? WTH?

  • Anonymous

    Terrible casting ugh.
    Josh Hutcherson? Over Hunter Parrish?
    I never really thought of who could play Gale but it was not Liam Hemsworth wtf
    wtfwtf

  • Anonymous

    go die.

  • realistgangsta

    wtf is hunger games

  • HarryFreakinPotter

    josh is great for that, but not liam

  • Anonymous

    Liam is so fug. Whatever.

  • Anonymous

    Liam is one of worst casting choices in history. It’s hilariously bad. For once outrage on the internet is justified.

    Even Justin Gaston would have been a better choice for the role than him.

    Yuck.

  • Beth

    I always imagined the Hunger Games’ characters younger looking :/ They are supposed to be 16, and they chose 18+ actors.

  • Anonymous

    I Like Josh.

  • Anonymous

    i think josh will do fine as Peeta. he can actually act unlike those other pretty boys

  • Anonymous

    I think Josh will make a good Peeta.

  • jilti

    We’ll have to wait and see it to judge. Good luck boys!

  • Anonymous

    liam is old. and not a good choice for gale.

  • Anonymous

    isn’t gabe supposed to be hot with dark hair and peeta is supposed to be blond. ik they could dye it but the color would look terrible on the them so they probably wont. great thanks for ruining my favorite books stupid casting director