Five Favorite Films with Josh Hutcherson

Plus, he discusses excitement about bringing the Hunger Games to big screen life and why the movie's action scenes reminded him of his childhood in Kentucky.



You've been in a couple movies based on literary properties. When you read the book as a fan, are you thinking, "How am I going to do this?" And if you're a fan of the book, are you thinking, "Man, people are going to have expectations about how I'm going to play this." Do you think about stuff like that?

Josh Hutcherson: Sort of. I mean, I'd be lying if I said that I never thought about it once. But for me, it's acting, and no matter if it's this movie or another movie, I'm going to kind of go into my on-set personality the way I normally would. So I don't let it affect me that much, but it's really cool being a part of something that has this big of a following built up before you even release the movie. It's really cool to be a part of it. There is a bit of pressure to kind of keep it true to the book and do a good portrayal of the role, but I feel like that happened. I feel like the script was a great adaptation of the book, and I think that people will be, overall, pretty happy with it.

You were a fan of the Hunger Games series going in?

Yeah, well, I read the books when I found out they were making [The Hunger Games] into a movie. I read all three books in like five days and became totally obsessed with it, and obsessed with Peeta, and was on board from that point on.

Similarly, you're also in the remake for Red Dawn. With a book, you can kind of visualize something unique, but if you're in a remake, how do you avoid doing an impression or something? I heard your parents really loved Red Dawn -- how do you do them proud on something like that?

I think the way we did it, we updated it. We took the original movie and sort of made it work with modern times. I think that the original movie had a really great story and a really great idea. I think that we just kind of took that same core idea of a country invading another country and having these teenagers, more or less, fighting back against the army. So we just updated that. What's cool about Red Dawn is that every kid -- at least, I know I did and all my friends did, growing up -- always played army man and ran around the woods and that kind of thing. And so to kind of have that captured in a film where they're actually fighting back against a real army is definitely pulls in the nostalgic action themes.

You talk about running around in the woods. Obviously the setting of The Hunger Games is different, but did that bring you back to your childhood games?

Totally. I mean, there's something to be said, because when I was little, I was running around the woods playing make believe, and now that I'm older and have a job, my job is to run around the woods and play make believe, so it was pretty cool. It definitely was a very freeing experience because it was so? not juvenile, but it really took me back to being a little kid.

One of your grown up things is you're an executive producer on Detention. What's that like? Is it just more stuff you have to keep track of?

Yeah, pretty much. I mean, with Detention, I was really involved more so with the casting process and doing a little bit of the script work, so that was kind of my main role in that. But for me, I've always, since I was little, been interested in all aspects of filmmaking, so kind of getting behind the camera is definitely something that I'm into.

I've read that you said you wanted to start acting when you were around four. How do you make that a reality?

It's not easy, especially being from Kentucky. There's not much of the industry there, as you can imagine, and so it was one of those things where I knew what I wanted to do, and I told my parents that, and we didn't really know how to go about it. But I got a small agency in Cincinnati, Ohio, and we met an acting coach and he said, "We should just go out to California for pilot season," because he felt that I could work. And of course, you tell somebody that who wants to be an actor, that's like the ultimate goal, so I was like, "Yes, we have to do it." My parents were obviously reluctant, because we knew nothing about it, but lo and behold, my mom went out there with me to California to become an actor, and it worked out.


The Hunger Games opens in theaters this week.

For more Hunger Games interviews, check out Five Favorite Films with both Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.

Comments

Hamza A.

Hamza Ansari

pretty great choices, especially Drive and Fight Club

Mar 21 - 05:54 PM

Morphy

Morphy .

Really?

Sep 13 - 04:27 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

I'm not sure about this. The other two seemed genuine in their choices, but these seem like He's
trying to play to the rotton tomatoes crowd.

Mar 21 - 06:07 PM

justjoustin

Joshua G

So you are irritated that someone you don't know is trying to relate to you based on assumption?

Mar 21 - 11:14 PM

Connor Barkey

Connor Barkey

Or, he could just have a good taste in movies?

Mar 22 - 03:30 AM

Scott Otto

Scott Otto

i love how we like to try to read minds based on our own likes, dislikes, and opinions.

Mar 22 - 03:31 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

He's all over the board with these picks. I love all these films. I don't think I've seen a Great animated film picked before.

Mar 21 - 06:08 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

Pretty diverse list....Animated ,real , old, new, childrens, adult....all he needs is something borrowed and something blue.....

Mar 21 - 06:11 PM

Smartest Person Here

Greg Bonnette

Ok, I don't know who this kid is but his choices are pretty good. Both Fight Club and Cool Hand Luke are in my five too.

Mar 21 - 06:15 PM

Stephanie Bertone

Stephanie Bertone

Fight Club, The Lion King, and Cool Hand Luke are all on my favorites list and Drive was one of my favorites from last year.

Mar 21 - 06:51 PM

topher h.

topher hicks

nice list

Mar 21 - 07:35 PM

Max Harkness

Max Harkness

He doesn't really explain his choices at all.

Mar 21 - 07:41 PM

Cole Ruster

Cole Ruster

"Just for me, there were so many morals in that movie that had been a part of my life since I was a little kid." Seems like a pretty detailed explination to me.

Mar 21 - 08:18 PM

Max Harkness

Max Harkness

"I love the story. It's so simple; not much happens, but everything happens." MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

Mar 22 - 02:29 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

he s an actor....need we say more

Mar 22 - 05:36 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Yeah, he does.

Mar 21 - 10:03 PM

Cole Ruster

Cole Ruster

"Just for me, there were so many morals in that movie that had been a part of my life since I was a little kid." Seems like a pretty detailed explination to me.

Mar 21 - 08:18 PM

Max Harkness

Max Harkness

"I love the story. It's so simple; not much happens, but everything happens." MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

Mar 22 - 02:29 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

he s an actor....need we say more

Mar 22 - 05:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

COOL HAND LUUUUUKE!!! Yes. Paul Newman is the Man, in case anyone was confused on that point. I'll even let Josh slide on "White Men" just 'cause I have the Wildcats winning my NCAA bracket this year.

Mar 21 - 08:18 PM

Matthew

Matthew Allen

Cool Hand Luke is such a powerful emotive film. The cliched phrase "triumph of the human spirit" nails it. Great choice particularly by a young guy.

Mar 21 - 08:43 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Josh Hutcherson is one of my favorite up-and-comers, and I'm already a fan (he seems perfect for Peeta and just very likeable), and the minute I saw The Lion King on his list his cool points went WAY up. The Lion King would be on my list for sure, and I love it for all the reasons he stated. That movie is not only very nostalgic for me, it has a lot to do with whoi I am as a person today. It's a masterpiece, and it has my favorite Hans Zimmer score. Also, I really loved Drive. Not top 5 for me, but really well-directed, intense, atmospheric movie.

Mar 21 - 10:02 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Yeah, he does.

Mar 21 - 10:03 PM

Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi

love the fight club choice.

Mar 21 - 10:10 PM

TheAnimatorRator

Megan Gierasch

Even more reasons to appreciate this guy. Lovely choices.

Mar 21 - 10:25 PM

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