When you read The Hunger Games books, you get a sense of just how important Katniss’ father was to her. Even though he was no longer in her life, Mr Everdeen was forever in her thoughts and had a huge impact in shaping her character and her ability to keep her family alive.
That role was played by actor Phillip Troy Linger. He talks to The Villages Daily Sun about being a part of The Hunger Games:
Linger first auditioned for a peacekeeper character, a member of the military police force controlled by the Capitol, the government of the nation of Panem.
While he wasn’t selected as a peacekeeper, he was given the role of Everdeen’s father.
“It’s a great character,” Linger said. “I felt very fortunate to get it.”
Everdeen’s father is featured in a few scenes set in flashbacks. Linger said he hopes the character will be more developed in the other films.
Linger read the first book in the trilogy after he was offered the role and said he could identify with Everdeen’s dad.
“I think I’m pretty protective and fatherly and hands-on,” he said.
He also described attending the world premiere of the film in Los Angeles as a “surreal” experience.
“It was out of this world,” he said. “It’s the biggest movie I’ve ever been involved with. I’m very happy to be a part of the project.”