Josh Hutcherson: Waiting to Hear Back From 'Hunger Games' Audition Was 'Brutal'

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Actors are used the the waiting game, but for Josh Hutcherson's Hunger Game audition, it was almost too much to handle!

The 19-year-old actor, who snagged the role as Peeta Mellark in the upcoming book series turned film, told Vanity Fair that he did a couple different "rigorous' auditions (which both went well) but the time in between hearing back was "brutal."

J-Hutch said:

"It was a very rigorous auditioning process. I’ve been a fan of the series for a little while now, and I went in and I met with Gary and Suzanne [Collins, the author of the Hunger Games books] and a couple of the producers initially, and I did a little audition. It was great, and I really hit it off with them and felt really good about it. And then a couple weeks went by, which were brutal. And then they brought me in to do a screen test, basically, with Jennifer, where I read with her. . . . And then I had to wait another couple of weeks or so before I found out that I got the part. And that was brutal, after doing a screen test. I think it was actually about a week and a half, [and] waiting to hear anything was just, like, ugh. Because I wanted it so badly, and all that time just lying there, waiting to see what happens, was pretty rough."
He also talked about bonding with his co-star Jennifer Lawrence (who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen):
"[She] and I totally hit it off. We’re both very crazy people—we don’t really hold anything back. Which is really great. We were able to have a really good time, and not let anything get in the way of it looking stupid or anything like that. We probably look stupid like 99 percent of the time, but we have a good time doing it—so it’s worth it."
For more on Josh's interview, head over to VF's website.

If you haven’t got into the Games yet, here’s the film’s official synopsis: “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which ‘Tributes’ must fight with one another until one survivor remains.”

Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23, 2012. Will you head out to see it? Sound off in the comments!



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  • mileyismylife

    Jennifer is perection, complete and utter perfection

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  • TheRealMMK

    and Woody Harrelson is also perfect as Haymitch! :D

  • Raquelle

    I luv Cato 2! I rly don't care if he's violent or not. He's totes HOT!!!!! I cried when Cato died....he was my fave

  • Raquelle

    <3 U CATO!!!!

  • silvertiara1

    That is so awesome........ wish I go to your movie theater!

  • beckie414

    @hungergamesyesplease... this could be the whole Rue situation where she steals the backpack of Tribute 1 (Marvel) after she kills him. Plus, I think I saw another picture with her in the arena with an orange backpack.

  • Zaina

    is it weird that i like Cato, i no he is bad and all but he lookin good! Cant wait for the movie!!

  • Marie

    RUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im gonna cry when she dies...

  • Marie

    awwww! probably right before the arena

  • Erica Ogruk
    Erica Ogruk

    I can't wait to see they do the Ceaser Flickerman interviews and the partwhere Katniss makes an alliance with Rue.

  • Sepia830

    My son who never reads starting reading the first book. Some days later we were at the movies and when I came out of the bathroom he was standing there grinning like an idiot. It turns out that Jennifer Lawrence had also just come out of the bathroom and walked right past him on her way in to see the new Mission Impossible movie. What a great reward for reading.

  • Sepia830

    Awww...Hey Rue.

  • Laura

    I watched this little snippet like 100 times! Still makes me happy! ... I need a life :/

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    Lenny Kravitz is perfect for Cinna. Just as I pictured him.

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    I'm hard to catch..

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    Gale, in his velvet sole'd leather boots.

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    Can't Waitt for the Movie!!i!!

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  • Charlie Fonner
    Charlie Fonner

    Hello citizens of Panem! I am Charlie Bobel Fonner, and I am running to be mayor of District 10. As mayor, I will work to build our reputation as the hardest working, strongest, and overall best citizens in all of Panem. I will work to improve our chances in the Hunger Games in ways such as encouraging our citizens to become stronger, more agile, and more intelligent. We already are smart and strong, however there is always room for improvement. Just as there is room for improvement with our Hunger Games standing, there is also room for improvement with how we are treated. As mayor, I will work with the Capitol so that we get what we deserve: fair compensation for the hard, and invaluable work we do here in district 10. I want the Capitol to know that we want to support them, but that we also deserve more. I want all of Panem to know that we are not just pigs for slaughter, and not just a meat shield, even though our focus is livestock. We are the proud citizens of District 10, and the best citizens in all of Panem. I also want to work with districts such as yourselves to improve the living conditions of all the districts by increasing relations between districts, including trades. To support my campaign, please go to If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post, or send me a message. I look forward to getting to know all of you, and working with you to build a better place for our children. Thank you.