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.

Josh Hutcherson is only 19 years old, but he's already amassed an impressive resume in Hollywood, delivering strong performances in big mainstream fare (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) and critically-acclaimed indies (The Kids Are All Right). He stars in the hotly-anticipated The Hunger Games, playing the good-natured, protective Peeta Mellark. In addition, Hutcherson stars in the forthcoming Red Dawn remake, and acts as an executive producer on the high school horror/comedy Detention. In an interview with RT, Hutcherson shared some of his favorite movies; in addition, he discussed his excitement about bringing the Hunger Games to big screen life and why the movie's action scenes reminded him of his childhood in Kentucky.


Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999; 81% Tomatometer)

Fight Club. That was one of those movies I saw a long time ago, way before I should have seen it, and the acting and the story in that blew my mind. That is probably one of the bigger movies that made me want to be a good actor. The characters are amazing and the story is so cerebral and hard to follow; it's really a thinker that really kind of got me super interested in that kind of movie.

When did you see it?

My parents would kill me, but I saw it when I was like 10 or 11 years old.

Whoa, yeah, I don't know if you'd get all the nuances then.

Exactly. But I was obsessed with it and watched it many times.




White Men Can't Jump (Ron Shelton, 1992; 77% Tomatometer)

White Men Can't Jump. That's one that, every time it comes on TV, I sit down and watch the whole thing. I love basketball, and I love that story, and I just think it's a really cool movie.

So you grew up in Kentucky. Are you a Louisville fan, a University of Kentucky fan?

UK. University of Kentucky, die-hard.




Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011; 92% Tomatometer)

Drive. That movie was just awesome. I love Ryan Gosling in it, the story was so great, the cinematography, the music, everything about that movie. I could watch it over and over again.




The Lion King (Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers, 1994; 89% Tomatometer)

The Lion King, which is surprising. However, growing up, that movie was so seminal to my childhood. I watched it again when it was rereleased a couple months ago in 3D in theaters, and that movie holds up. It's an amazing movie, and it came out in 1994 or whatever it was. 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.




Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967; 100% Tomatometer)

The final one is Cool Hand Luke. Paul Newman's the man. I love him in everything, and his character in that is just amazing. I love the story. It's so simple; not much happens, but everything happens. I love it.



Next, Hutcherson talks about bringing the Hunger Games to the big screen and why the movie's action scenes reminded him of his childhood in Kentucky.

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