Josh Hutcherson has had a chat to an Irish movie website about The Hunger Games. They talk about how much Josh wanted the role of Peeta, the inevitable comparisons with Twilight and the crazed fan worship that might come along and probably the most interesting fact, that there was a conscious effort to make the character Peeta, a bit stronger than he might come across in the book!!!
Declan Cashin: What I like about The Hunger Games is that what’s quite different about it for a kind of “teenage franchise” (for want of a better word) is that the female character is actually quite strong and, you’ll probably punch me for this but your character Peeta is kind of the ‘damsel in distress’ for a lot of it, is that fair enough to say?
Josh Hutcherson: No it is true! I think Peeta kind of has the tendency to sometimes come across a little soft which is actually something that myself and Gary wanted to kind of change a little bit and wanted to make Peeta a little more strong. So in those scenes, especially in the cave, when Katniss and Peeta are in there and Peeta’s confessing his love to Katniss, it can read a bit sappy and a bit like “I loved you all my life” and can get a little soap opera-y. And so we were very keen on making sure that that was done in a very strong like “This is how I feel, I’m about to die, so I need to admit this to you” kind of thing. So I think we definitely made him a little bit stronger which was necessary.