‘Hunger Games’ ‘Buildup’ Intimidated Josh Hutcherson

Jennifer Lawrence tells MTV News she felt pressure ‘at the beginning, and then when we showed up on set, it was just making a movie.’
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence
Photo: MTV News The influx of “Hunger Games” goods continues! Slowly but surely, as we approach the film’s March 23 release date, we’re seeing more teaser trailers and getting to know the talented castmembers. Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson recently revealed to MTV News the details surrounding their first meeting and that infamous “chemistry read.” We’re now following up with more from that interview, wherein Lawrence and Hutcherson address the magnitude of their roles and avoiding Internet gossip. When asked if either star spent time reading the “Hunger Games” chatter online, both agreed that it’s better to avoid it as much as possible. “I got a Facebook, like, three days ago. I don’t do the Internets,” Hutcherson joked. “I had friends tell me what people were saying online; I just personally don’t go on there that much.” The castmates-turned-real-life friends also discussed the pressure and hype surrounding the film and whether they carried that with them on set. “I, for one, felt it at the beginning, and then when we showed up on set, it was just making a movie, putting it aside,” Lawrence said. “It was crazy. It had so much buildup for something I’ve done so many times before,” Hutcherson added. “Every other time it’s been, ‘Oh, another movie.’ This time, it had so much going on before the production even started. I felt it but don’t feel like it affected me that much.” Speaking to which scenes they were most excited to shoot, Hutcherson again called out the cave scene, while Lawrence joked that she never knew what they were filming. “I was excited for the cave scene the most, for me at least, because it’s the most character-driven part of the story where you really saw Katniss and Peeta’s relationship take a big turn and come to fruition, if you will,” he said. “Whoa. ‘Fruition.’ I didn’t know what scenes we were doing until the day I showed up,” Lawrence joked. “But there were a couple of scenes where I’d read the call sheet and go, ‘Oh, that’s going to be a fun scene.’ ” Head to NextMovie for a chance to win a “Hunger Games” prize pack, including two tickets to the premiere! Check out everything we’ve got on “The Hunger Games.” For young Hollywood news, fashion and “Twilight” updates around the clock, visit

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