While at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend, Entertainment Weekly got the chance to talk to ‘The Hunger Games‘ star Josh Hutcherson. Josh talked about a recent conversation he had with Gary Ross about his departure, but his excitement to get going on ‘Catching Fire‘ production with Francis Lawrence.
Hutcherson told EW at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday that he reached out to Ross after finding out he wouldn’t be directing the much-anticipated second-installment of the record-breaking film.
“I called him and I was like ‘Gary what’s up? What’s happening? Tell me it’s not the truth,” said Hutcherson. “I’ve never heard someone sound more dejected on the phone than he was. He was so sad he can’t be doing it.”
Though Hutcherson said he was “sad about Gary not being there,” he explained he’s eager to start shooting Catching Fire and looks forward to working with new director Francis Lawrence, whom he referred to as “extremely talented.”
“I think we’re going to make a good movie nevertheless and I’m excited to see what Francis brings to the table,” said Hutcherson.
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