Josh Hutcherson: Playing Peeta Mellark in 'The Hunger Games' Drives Me Crazy

Josh Hutcherson: Playing Peeta Mellark in 'The Hunger Games' Drives Me Crazy

Sharing his bittersweet experience in portraying the baker's son from District 12, Hutcherson says, 'Mentally it was tough because I'd never connected with a character more than I did with Peeta.'

Though he has sealed the coveted role as Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games", Josh Hutcherson admitted that playing the character was actually not an easy job. To Total Film, he shared that tackling the part of Katniss Everdeen's partner from District 12 in the highly anticipated movie has driven him "crazy."

"Mentally it was tough because I'd never connected with a character more than I did with Peeta," said the actor who will be seen starring opposite Vanessa Hudgens in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island". He added, "I felt he was so much like who I am as a person that I was like, 'If I don't get it, I won't understand.' It drove me crazy."

While "The Hunger Games" has been dubbed as the next big thing after "Twilight Saga", Hutcherson admitted that he's a bit worried of the possibility. "I'm terrified of what my life could become," he shared. "As an actor, everyone hopes one day to be that well known but at the same time to be thrust into it instantaneously is overwhelming. If it does happen, I'll be grateful and terrified at the same time."

Hutcherson will be seen playing Peeta, a baker's son who is chosen to participate in the annual brutal game in Panem called Hunger Games. He joins Katniss who replaces her little sister Prim in the game, and together they struggle to survive in the fight-to-the-death show in order to return home to District 12.

Directed by Gary Ross, "The Hunger Games" will open wide in the U.S. theaters on March 23. Starring as heroine Katniss is Jennifer Lawrence, while Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz portray Gale Hawthorne, Haymitch Abernathy, Effie Trinket and Cinna respectively.

A follow-up to the film, "Catching Fire", has been scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide on November 22, 2013. While the first movie is written by Billy Ray, the sequel has just tapped Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy as the screenwriter.




    girl who shold be on
    Sep 04, 2012

    wow you nailed it josh you really grew up since RV i hope they dont replace you in the 2 movie i think twilight was freaking grate but you in this movie with jen was your lifes work lol good job dude

    future MRS.Hutcherso
    Apr 23, 2012

    I love you so much josh you are an amasing human being and actor I wish I could meet you but the odds probably will not be in my favor anyway your amazing

    Apr 15, 2012

    no i love peeta!

    Apr 13, 2012

    wow Josh your Birthday is on the same day as mine!! thats so neat! ha i just wanted to say that you did amazing in the Hunger Games. (:

    Shorty Peeta HEARTER
    Apr 10, 2012

    Peeta's a sexy, hot dough mess Hey Mrs. Mellark nice wish don't we all love peeta? Hey Josh if you're reading this feel free to stop in portage, WI and say hello

    archer marie
    Apr 09, 2012

    Hi!peeta.:) I’m so in love with you.

    Mar 27, 2012

    Josh,im sitting in my iving room, eating popcorn, and doing research on you, not that im i stalker, just a girl. I love you so much and think that whatever happens in your life you will go far. Tommorows my b-day and i was wondering if maybe you could stop by in New Jersey, i know its a ton to ask and it isnt going to happen, but well lets just say hopefully the odds are ever in my favor

    Mar 23, 2012


    Feb 03, 2012

    This is going to be an AMAZING movie :)

    Feb 01, 2012

    I want play emma the girl with a crush on peeta mellark the quiet one

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