Vanity Fair has released their interview with Liam Hemsworth a.k.a Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games Movie. Check out the interview below:
Did you read the books before you knew it was going to be a movie?
I feel like the books were just written like a movie. You read it and you can just kind of see everything. … Right before I went in to read with the director, I read the first book and I loved it. I didn’t realize how good the writing was. And then I went in and read with [director] Gary Ross, and that was it.
When you were reading it, was there a certain part you identified with?
Oh yeah, it was always for Gale. It was always for Gale. I read the script, and Gale definitely felt more right than Peeta.
Did they film all three of these in one, or did you just film one?
No, originally I think they talked about maybe shooting them back-to-back, but no, we shot the first one and it was all shot in North Carolina.
And how was that? I know a lot of it was in the woods.
You know, it was great. It was awesome. We shot in a place called Asheville, which is like beautiful, beautiful forests. … And then part of it we shot all the reaping stuff, which was just crazy—because the reaping in the book and in the script is such an emotional thing for everyone. It really did feel like that when we were shooting it. You know, the thought of young kids going off into this scary kind of world was pretty crazy.
How did they actually handle that in the movie? Because it is incredibly violent in the book—it’s basically kids killing kids.
Yeah, I haven’t seen anything cut yet. I’m sure they’ll do it very classy.
What sort of stuff did you identify with, with Gale?
What I thought was really interesting was—and it’s one of the hardest things to think about: one of your best friends, or someone in your family, basically going off to war. And that’s kind of what happens to Gale in the first book. As much as he’s against the government and wants to stand up to them, he really is helpless. He can’t do anything about it. … I just thought it was such a gut-wrenching kind of thought.
And how was the physical stuff?
In this one, for me, it was more about losing weight. He’s a pretty poor person.
Right, you’re starving!
Everyone’s pretty hungry, so I wanted to look a little hungry. My brother said to me before I started shooting—he texted me and said something about me putting on weight. But basically his point was that it was called Hunger Games, not Eating Games. That was a wake-up call. I was like, Are you calling me fat or something?
I remember when he [Chris Hemsworth] got so huge for Thor, it was crazy.
Yup, yup. He got big. He’s a freak.
And how was working with Jennifer Lawrence and Gary Ross?
Jennifer was great. She is fantastic. Really easy to work with, no drama, really down-to-earth, such a funny girl. Nothing but good things to say about her. She really was great to work with. And it always makes it easier when you’re working with people that you like and you enjoy being around.
Gary Ross is amazing. He’s just—he always has a billion ideas of what he wants, but has a very clear perspective also; he just makes it work. He really does. He’s trying different things and making everything look amazing.
Is there any trepidation as an actor about going into something like this, and becoming hounded like Robert Pattinson—living that kind of life, where you’re a prisoner in your own house?
The thought definitely crosses my mind, but for me, it has always been about reading great scripts and finding things I relate to, and this was one of those. As an actor, I think you always want your work to do well, and I think that’s hopefully what’s going to happen. Hopefully this movie does turn out as great as everyone wants it to be, and hopefully we don’t disappoint anyone.