Right before the release of The Hunger Games DVD, Josh Hutcherson had a chat to Reuters about the impact on his life the movie has had (he’s still “blown away”), what fans can expect to see included in the “extras” of the DVD, but also about some of the challenges of making Catching Fire.
While he’s excited to see the bonus features (especially the “making of” mini-series) he talks about the darker place that Catching Fire goes to:
“We didn’t shy away from the violence, but at the same time, we didn’t have to go graphic with it. So, I think it’ll be similar in the second movie as far as the action goes. As far as the overall story going to a darker place, I think sometimes in life, it can be very dark and grim and very real, and I feel that by writing the book that way, Suzanne made it feel real for me. That’s something young people are able to see … the story is about hope and rising up against something. Even though it’s dark at times, it still has this light being, Katniss, and her ability to try to start this big movement to fight.”
He goes on to explain that he’s really looking forward to exploring more about Peeta in Catching Fire, especially his relationship with Katniss:
“Katniss and Peeta’s relationship because Peeta loves Katniss and can’t help himself from loving Katniss. At the same time he feels like Katniss is just playing this game for everybody else and she doesn’t actually have any real feelings for Peeta. As an actor, it’s hard to play that, yet also really fun and challenging. I can’t wait to dive into that aspect.”
We can’t wait either !