Get ready to take a major walk down memory lane with Josh Hutcherson! The Hunger Games star recently revealed where his character from the film franchise, Peeta Mellark, would be now while reminiscing over some of his best moments on the movies’ set.
“We actually spitballed about [where the characters would end up] on set one day,” the actor, 27, told Us Weekly. “We were sort of talking about like … the Hunger Games and Peeta and Katniss are older and they have a kid and then the movie ends, but then what if we pick up the story and it’s like 10 years later and there’s a new rebellion that has to happen or something like that ended up.”
He continued, “I’d like to hope and think that they are living happily and that the world is equal and lovely. But history is doomed to repeat itself. So I feel like there might be some more unrest that would come along.”
Josh also said he “would love to play Peeta again” in the series’ upcoming prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. “The Hunger Games prequel film will focus on Coriolanus Snow at age 18, years before he would become the tyrannical president of Panem. Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming, and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games, only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I haven’t gotten a call for it,” the Bridge to Terabithia star added. “I’m excited to read the book though.”
As for his most memorable moments on set of the four-film series, which were released between 2012 and 2015, Josh remembered one painful moment when costar Jennifer Lawrence kicked him the side of the head.
“Jen knocked me out one time,” he recalled. “Then we were shooting a scene and Liam [Hemsworth] almost broke his ankle, doing a running stunt and had to get hauled off in an ambulance and a whole thing. I mean, it was a very physical shoot. There wasn’t a day where you didn’t have a new bump, a scrape, a bruise, something.”
Although the Hunger Games films came to an end five years ago, Josh told Entertainment Tonight on September 8 that the cast is still close.
“I saw Jen during quarantine — got to have dinner together,” he gushed at the time. “It was like mid-summer, maybe, [and] we had a nice socially distanced dinner together. [It] was good to catch up with her because she’s been off living her life in other places all over the world.”
Josh added, “I saw Liam towards the end of last year, but this year he’s been off in Australia. We catch up every time we can. I got to see Woody [Harrelson] not too long ago, so it’s good. No matter how much time passes, once we see each other again, it’s instantly right back to where it was.”
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