Five Favorite Films with Liam Hemsworth

The Hunger Games star also chats about losing weight, his favorite actors, and brotherly love.

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If things had gone just a little differently for young Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, it might have been his steely grip -- as opposed to that of his brother Chris, who ultimately got the role -- clasping the hammer of Thor. At the same time, if things had gone just a little differently, he also might not have worked on The Last Song, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation in which Liam starred opposite his girlfriend-to-be, Miley Cyrus. The youngest of three Hemsworth brothers -- actors all -- 22-year-old Liam decided to pursue acting at 16 and, after a few stints on Australian television, made the leap to Hollywood in 2009. Though his career has thus far been somewhat overshadowed by those of his brother and famous significant other, this week he embarks on an epic new adventure as Gale Hawthorne, one of the central characters in The Hunger Games, which will certainly thrust him into the spotlight. RT spoke with Liam recently about his involvement in the film, his strong family ties, his favorite actors, and the career he'd like to craft for himself, but before we get into all that, here are Liam Hemsworth's Five Favorite Films:

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Dito Montiel, 2006; 75% Tomatometer)

The first one would be A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. I saw that years ago when it first came out, and I just thought it was really interesting. I loved the way it was shot. All the actors in it were just awesome. I was a really big fan of Dito [Montiel], the director, and I actually get to do a film with him this year called Empire State, so I'm really excited. I think I'm going to shoot mid-this year, so I'm very excited about that.

The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985; 63% Tomatometer)

Second one would be The Goonies. When I was a kid, I used to watch nonstop movies. I used to always watch movies, and I think I watched Goonies about a thousand times.

The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006; 93% Tomatometer)

The Departed is one of my all-time favorites; I just love that movie. Everything about it is ridiculously good. Every actor in it is just stupidly awesome, and the way it's shot is awesome. Yeah, I love that movie; it's great.

Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008; 55% Tomatometer)

Step Brothers would be another one. I think I only say that because I think I've watched it a billion times. I watch it probably once a week, just, you know, a regular thing. [laughs]

Are there hints of that kind of relationship between you and your brothers?

Yeah, a little bit. [laughs] Yeah, yeah, when we were younger, for sure. But I think it's funny because the relationship is like they're young kids, but they're just old men. That movie is ridiculous, so funny.

James Dean (Mark Rydell, 2001; N/A Tomatometer)

There's a movie called James Dean. It's about James Dean's life, and James Franco played James Dean. I love that movie. I just thought James Franco was so good in that. He was so interesting, and it's just a really cool independent film. I really like that movie. It was weird; he just looked and sounded and acted so much like James Dean, it was ridiculous.

Next, Hemsworth talks about joining a massively popular franchise, his favorite actors, and having a strong support system in his family.