The Hunger Games Movie Trivia

(Total Trivia Entries: 107)

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Suzanne Collins came up with the idea for her book after watching footage of the invasion of Iraq and a reality TV show. To find out more trivia keep on reading.

Casting                        Screenplay & Production


In March 2011, Lionsgate confirmed that the part of Katniss was the first to be cast, with Jennifer Lawrence finally winning the role after about 30 female actresses were considered, which included the following young Hollywood actresses:hunger-games-13

  • Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Emma Roberts
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Abigail Breslin
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Lyndsy Fonseca
  • Emily Browning
  • Jodelle Ferland
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Kaya Scodelario
  • Mary Mouser


Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of playing the female lead in Savages (2012) to do The Hunger Games instead.


Apparently Lawrence, who is a fan of the books, was initially intimidated by what it would mean for her fame if she took on a movie of this magnitude and she took three days to accept the role.


Author Suzanne Collins had stated that she preferred that the actress who plays Katniss to have “a certain maturity and power” and that she would rather the actress be older. Once Lawrence was cast Collins stated; “Lawrence was the only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book and that she had every essential quality to play Katniss.”


Other than dying her brown for her role, Lawrence also underwent extensive training to get in shape, including archery, combat, running, rock and tree climbing, parkour and yoga.


Archer and Olympic bronze medalist, Khatuna Lorig, was hired by Lionsgate to teach Lawrence how to shoot.


Lawrence experienced an accident on the last day of her six week training phase for the first film, in which she hit a wall while running at full speed, but was not seriously injured.


This is the second movie, after Winter’s Bone (2010), in which Jennifer Lawrence plays a character who feeds her destitute family and herself partly by catching and killing squirrels.


Apparently whilst filming for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in the arena Lawrence hit herself with the bow mid-sprint, and dove into a pool of jets leaving her partially deaf for 6 days.


Lawrence had to wear a wig in Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 for her role of Katniss as she cut her hair short the summer before filming began due to damage from constant dyeing for the previous films.


As Jennifer Lawrence is under contract with 20th Century Fox for a sequel to X-Men: First Class (2011), it was later confirmed that Catching Fire would begin production in the fall of 2012, with the First Class sequel shooting in January 2013, allowing Lawrence to appear in both films. However, after X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) lost its original director and shooting for the film was delayed till April 2013, Lawrence was no longer needed to be filming in January 2013 and the shooting time frame for Catching Fire was extended to March 2013.


Before Josh Hutcherson was cast, the following actors were considered for the role of Peeta Mellark:hunger-games-11

  • Alexander Ludwig – who was instead cast as Cato
  • Alex Pettyfer
  • Hunter Parrish
  • Lucas Till
  • Evan Peters
  • Nico Tortorella


While playing round on the set for the first film, apparently Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked Josh Hutcherson in the head, knocking him out and resulting in a concussion.


In order for Peeta to look like he was tortured in Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2, CGI was used on Hutcherson to slim his face and make him look abused and beaten.



For the role of Gale, before Liam Hemsworth was cast, the following actors were considered:

  • Chris Massoglia
  • David Henrie
  • Robbie Amell
  • Drew Roy


Apparently Liam Hemsworth asked his brother Chris Hemsworth (Thor) to help him with the auditions practice. Chris would play Katniss during their practice.


During filming for Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 Hemsworth told EM he had a hairline fracture between his ankle joints. He stated, “I heard a big crack and just went down.”


Hemsworth has stated that the most awkward moments filming in Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 were the kissing scenes with Jennifer Lawrence.


Both Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence who are natural blonds dyed their hair brown for their roles while Josh Hutcherson, who is naturally dark-haired, dyed his hair blond for his role.


John C. Reilly was considered for the role of Haymitch Abernathy, but in May 2011 Lionsgate announced that Woody Harrelson had been cast for this role.


In November 2011, Woody Harrelson revealed in an interview that he has signed on for four films, suggesting that one of the books may be split into two films.


Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket, stated that the worst part of her costume was the lengthy bejeweled nails because she couldn’t unbutton herself or even go to the bathroom without assistance.



Elizabeth Banks spent approximately 45 minutes every day having her nails manicured.


In the Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2, Effie Trinket’s role greatly is greatly expanded whereas in the novel she only  briefly at the end. Reportedly, after seeing Catching Fire, author Suzanne Collins called director Francis Lawrence and said, “There’s no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films.” So in the film Effie replaces Katniss’ stylists as well a character named Fulvia who is Plutarch’s assistant from the novel.



Lenny Kravitz, who plays the role of Cinna, actually knew Jennifer Lawrence before this movie as Lawrence is friends with Kravitz’s daughter, Zoe, since they both appeared in X-Men: First Class (2011).



Stanley Tucci, who portrays the character of Caesar Flickerman, wore a bright blue wig, blue eyebrows, fake teeth, spray tan and lots of makeup for his role.



Wes Bentley, who plays the role of Seneca Crane in the first film, said in an interview with New York Magazine that the weird looking beard he wore during the movie was styled from his own beard and not from fake hair pieces.



Actress Paula Malcomson, who plays Katniss’ mother, has actually worked with Jennifer Lawrence before. She played Lawrence’s mother in an episode of Cold Case (2003), where her character was a homeless mother struggling to support her two children after the death of their father, which is very much like her character in The Hunger Games.


For the role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, before Sam Claflin was cast, the following actors were considered:catching-fire-14

  • Taylor Kitsch
  • Armie Hammer
  • Hunter Parrish
  • Grant Gustin
  • Luke Mitchell
  • Garrett Hedlund


Sam Claflin apparently ate between two to three sugar cubes for each take filmed during Finnick’s introduction scene. When the scene was finally completed he had consumed the entire box of cubes.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Lawrence said that she, Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin were very clumsy during the filming of Catching Fire. She confirmed that Claflin fell at least once in every scene they filmed with Claflin agreeing and stating that they could fill an entire gag reel with just him falling over. Claflin also broke his finger during filming.


Sam Clafflin and Donald Sutherland have also co-stared in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth (2010).


For the role of Johanna Mason in Catching Fire, before Jena Malone was cast, the following actors were considered:

  • Zoe Aggeliki
  • Mia Wasikowska
  • Kristen Bell – who is a huge fan of the book series apparently actively sought the role
  • Lindsay Lohan – expressed interest in portraying the role


Apparently for the role of Mags before Lynn Cohen was cast in Catching Fire Melissa Leo was considered.


In July, August and September 2012, the casting of the supporting actors were announced which included Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Alan Ritchson as Gloss and Jeffrey Wright as Beetee.


In August 2013, it was announced that actress Stef Dawson had joined the cast and would portray Annie Cresta. In September 2013 Julianne Moore had joined the cast of both Mockingjay‍ parts to play President Alma Coin. Over the next month, Patina Miller, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, and Elden Henson joined the cast as Commander Paylor, Boggs, Castor, and Pollux, respectively.


Before Julian Moore signed on Jodie Foster was considered for the role of President Alma Coin.


Julianne Moore stated that the reason she decided to sign on for the role of President Alma Coin was because her two children are both fans of the novels.



For her role of President Alama Coin in Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 Julianne Moore wore a gray wig and dark contact lenses.


The movie reunites Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, who appeared in Game Change (2012), also written by Danny Strong.  This is also the fourth film that Moore has co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman and finally Moore and Josh Hutcherson played mother and son in The Kids Are All Right (2010). 


Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 in New York. Lionsgate released a statement stating that Hoffman had completed filming most of his scenes for Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 prior to his death. Mockingjay – Part 1 is dedicated to Hoffman.



In the book “Mockingjay”, the character of Cressida  has her entire head shaved and covered with ivy tattoos. But in the film Natalie Dormer decided to have only one-half (her left side) of her head shaved to be covered with (fake) ivy tattoos.



Natalie Dormer ad-libbed 20-30 percent of her scenes, especially when Cressida instructs Finnick and the twins where to stand before filming his speech. Dormer stated that she drew inspiration by paying attention to how Francis Lawrence would converse with his camera crew in-between takes.


Alexander Ludwig, who plays one of the Career Tributes, Cato in the first film, worked out for four hours a day with a US Navy Seal to get into shape and gained about 40 pounds for his role.


Lily Rabe who was playing the role of Commander Lyme of District 2 in Mockingjay – Part 1 had to have her scenes cut because she had to back out of the franchise because of a previous commitment with the stage play “Much Ado About Nothing”.  Gwendoline Christie was found as her replacement for Part 2.


Jack Quaid, who is the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan was cast as Marvel who is one of the Career Tributes.


Robert Knepper was cast as Antonius in Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2, a character who does not appear in the books and is an addition to the adaptation. Knepper has stated that during his audition he knew that the lines he received were not what he would end up doing, adding that “they are so secretive about this.”



Screenplay & Production                        Casting


The Hunger Games is the first part of a Trilogy series of young adult books by Suzanne Collins. The next two in the series are; Catching Fire and Mockingjay.


Author Suzanne Collins apparently came up with the idea for The Hunger Games, after watching footage of the invasion of Iraq and a reality TV show.


Apparently the name of the heroine, Katniss, comes from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus ‘Sagittaria’, commonly known as ‘arrowhead’, and this is also a reference to the character’s archery skills.


The name of the fictional nation of Panem is derived from ‘Panem et Circenses’, which means ‘Bread and Circuses’. This comes from the concluding days of the Roman Empire where the government would satisfy the people by providing violent and deadly entertainment instead of performing their public services.


In March 2009 Lions Gate Entertainment along with Nina Jacobson’s production company Color Force acquired worldwide distribution rights to a movie adaptation of The Hunger Games.


In November 2010 It was announced that Gary Ross will be directing The Hunger Games.


Initially Suzanne Collins adapted the novel for the first film herself, and her script was revised by screenwriter Billy Ray. However, the first draft of the script was then replaced by one written by Collins and director Gary Ross.




Total Trivia Entries: 107



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