Of their slumber parties (with co-star Liam Hemsworth) Hutcherson says it’s not what you think. Nor is he a natural, bro-fessional comedian like another one-time child actor, Zac Efron.But there’s a knowing sweetness about him that can’t be faked, and it’s downright Hanks-ian. Hutcherson insists he has no plan for life after Panem, and that he isn’t studying the post-Twilight pitfalls of his contemporaries for clues.
Hutcherson has shot two films since wrapped, and neither is an obvious commercial hit.
Actually, they’re both 1940s period pieces directed by James Franco.
The first, In Dubious Battle—based on the John Steinbeck novel—concerns the unionization of labor workers.
He’s also got a TMZ tour bus-size target on his back. With all due respect to fans, what do you think the last day was like?
While he knows how boring it can be for an actor to talk about his privacy, sometimes even he appears uneasy by the pitch of some fans’ devotion. ” With the franchise coming to a close, everyone seems to want to know the same thing: What was the last day on set like? Hutcherson and Hemsworth shared a bottle of Scotch and everyone hugged and freaked out and then they all went home. To move forward, Hutcherson may need to distance himself from the very thing that made him a star.
“I was shooting in Cincinnati,” he says, “And I woke up one morning to go to work. And literally sitting on the ground, sleeping in front of the car—huddled up in hoodies and blankets—were two 12 or 13-year-old girls and their mom. They said they’d been waiting there for hours and hours for me to come out. A week later the three co-stars sat down to dinner together and laughed at how dramatic they’d been about the whole thing. (When Vulture posted the trailer for his 2014 romantic thriller, Escobar: Paradise Lost, the headline read: “It’s Peeta vs.
I was like, this is not right.” Meanwhile, his friendship with Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence has become such a national obsession that the two have their own nickname: Joshifer. Pablo Escobar.”) Though Hutcherson is handsome—with soulful brown eyes and a sly, Kentucky boy smile—he’s not an obvious action star.
, Josh Hutcherson—who stars as Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son-turned-revolutionary—compares the set to a frat house. At any moment you were ready to cover yourself because there was some incoming nonsense from outside.” Like what?
“We were filming in Berlin, all staying in the same hotel. “Like Woody Harrelson half-naked with a towel trying to smack you.” Hutcherson is seated in the garden of a nondescript cafe in Hollywood, with his worn-in Cincinnati Reds hat pulled low and a buffalo chicken wrap sandwich in front of him, and he’s talking excitedly about his upcoming birthday weekend—which includes an afternoon of paintball followed by a house party.