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[Movies] Alexander Ludqig, Isabelle Fuhrman and Amandla Stenberg Talk The Hunger Games (SPOILERS)
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.19.2012

Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman and Amandla Stenberg recently spoke about their roles in The Hunger Games. Check out the highlights:

Ludwig on if they read the books beforehand: "There's a book?! (laughs) Definitely. Absolutely. We were all huge, huge fans of the book."

Fuhrman on her favorite characters: "My favorites were Katniss and Rue. They're just so relatable and lovable."

Fuhrman on "wanting to kill" her those characters: (Laughs) "Well, I always say that you have to love your characters. That meant re-reading the book and learning to love a character that's really a bad character. From there, it was discovering who she was and what made her so terrible and so mentally disturbed. From there, it was just doing a lot of character work."

Ludwig on training for the film: "When I got offered the role of Cato, I jumped on the opportunity. I've never really had a chance to play a bad guy and that's always been something that I've really, really wanted to do. It's about experiencing that dark side of a person. Cato is a really, really twisted individual. We worked really hard, just physically. I wanted Cato to have as big a presence physically as a mental one in the movie. There was a lot of fight training that I had to go through. I worked with a Navy SEAL to bulk up. Tons of hand-to-hand combat."

Stenberg on having "some of the most beautiful and poignant emotional scenes in the movie": "Yeah, and it was kind of a solemn day on set that particular day. Jennifer [Lawrence] is extremely funny. Every time we'd finish a take she'd go, "That was cheery! I loved that!" Then everyone would start laughing. She kind of kept it light."

Ludwig on pranking on-set: "[Stenberg] is a prankster. I remember one day I was doing a fight scene on-set and was practicing with some of the guys. In North Carolina, during the time we were filming it was just so, so hot. It was disgusting. It was like you just walked out of a shower of sweat. It was gross. I had my shirt off when we were doing the fight training and had no clothes. I had to run back to my trailer to go get my clothes and, as I did, all my clothes were gone. I couldn't find them anywhere, but I do find this little note with a gang symbol for Amandla and Jacqy [Emerson], who plays Foxface. I was just like, "Oh my god!" I have no clothes and I'm in my boxers now just trying to find all my clothes. I find some of them in the fridge and some of them in the microwave. It's one of the many, many things that Amandla did to ruin my life on-set."

Stenberg on her character's affinity for the trees: "I spent some time in both real trees and in the trees in the soundstage. I had a custom-made harness so that I wouldn't fall over. It was really, really fun, actually. There was this one time that Jenn and I were in the tree doing a scene and it was kind of difficult to stay up because you kind of slide down gradually. I found a little space in the tree where I could sit and wouldn't slide down. It was just a little hole in the tree. I was sitting and then they're about to call action and I start sliding down. I yell out, really loudly so that everyone can hear, "Wait, I can't find my butthole!" (laughs) Then Jenn proceeded to make fun of me for the rest of the shoot."

Fuhrman on interacting with fans: "Mostly through Twitter and, of course, my friends. All my friends read the book and they're trying to get information out of me. I'm like, "I can't tell you!""

Ludwig on what he learned about himself doing the film: "Speaking for myself here, it take a lot of effort to find that playing a villain note. That's a mindset that you really have to work on. It's not something that just comes easy. Playing good guys is something that just feels much more natural to me. I guess I'd like to think of myself as a bit of a good person."

Furham on what he learned about himself doing the film: "I learned a lot about my craft. A lot of the psychology aspect of it, being a bad character, but one with completely different motivation than anyone that I'd ever played before. Just trying to figure out who she was and where she came from. What kind of circumstances that she overcame that caused her to be so disturbed."

Stenberg on what he learned about himself doing the film: "I think I would say the same thing, just learning about acting. Also, Jenn became a really great mentor to me and was someone that I could lean on. If I had a different idea of the scene from Gary [Ross] or anyone else, she would kind of explain it to me until it was crystal clear. I also really learned about Rue and how, in her big scene, even though she's extremely scared, she's also trying to be brave for Katniss because she wants Katniss to go on and win the games. That became something that I really understood and I really got into the scene after that."

Fuhrman on director Gary Ross: "He made us all very comfortable on-set. He talked to us a lot about our characters. He had a really great discussion with me before we started rehearsing. He was always there whenever we had questions or had anything we wanted to add or ask. One of the things that was really interesting is that, when we were filming the cornucopia, he would talk to us as if he was our character to get facial expressions out of us. It was so interesting what expressions we came up with when he was like, "That's your knife. You want the knives. Go for the knives! Go for the knives!" He had a megaphone and there was a giant speaker in the middle of the cornucopia. He would just be projecting outward so that everyone could hear him."

Fuhrman on building her character's backstory: "I think that was something that I just did for the audition. When you read the book, it's written through Katniss' eyes and you really get to know Katniss. You understand certain other characters and parts of them. I was developing and figuring out Clove's psyche and where she game from. I wrote a one and a half page backstory. Then I talked to Gary and kind of revised it to make her a little more interesting. At the same time, I had to realize that the fans are going to be watching this and they have to be happy with it and with what I do and what everyone else does on-set. I'm really anxious to see how it's received."


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