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?