Josh Hutcherson recalls being kicked in the head and concussed by Jennifer Lawrence
For someone not yet 20, Josh Hutcherson had quite the career before he was even cast as Peeta Mallark in the highly publicized The hunger Games series. He went to space in Jon Favreau Zathura (2005), toured the country with Robin Williams in VR (2006), Traveled at the center of the earth with Brendan Fraser and co-star in the four-time Oscar-nominated drama The kids are fine with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.
The hunger Games – which opened 10 years ago on March 23, 2012 – took Hutcherson to even more star-studded new heights, as the young actor garnered the adulation of a rabid fanbase over the course of four films between 2012 and 2015. It also placed him in close company with a famous ensemble led by fellow Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence, which headlined the YA series as it simultaneously began racking up multiple Oscar nominations. .
In a 2020 interview with Yahoo Entertainment (watch above), Hutcherson recalled the first time he met Lawrence — before Panem, as both attended the SAG Awards for their respective movies. The kids are fine and winter bone early 2011.
“She came up to me and she told me this story about how when she was about 10 years old, she saw in a local paper in Kentucky that this young actor had gone to California … to be an actor, and that was me,” Hutcherson says (watch above). “And she showed it to her parents and said, ‘Look, I want to do this too. [is] I do it.’ It’s crazy that we ended up making these films together.
Hutcherson and Lawrence became very close during the filming of the series, although it was a sometimes painful relationship for the former. Just weeks after filming in 2012 The hunger GamesLawrence accidentally kicked Hutcherson in the head as he tried to show his legs, knocking him out with a mild concussion.
“She was a real show-off, thinking she was Jackie Chan or something,” Hutcherson sneered. “[She was] throwing those air kicks and I was like, ‘Josh, I can kick you over the head!’ And then crack! She hit me on the temple. … I don’t really remember, because I was knocked out.
When Hutcherson came to, “she was crying. She felt bad. I woke up with her [crying]lying on top of me.
Hutcherson, who has since starred in Hulu’s future man and appeared in films like Tragedy Girls and The Disaster Artistcalled to work in The hunger Games a double-edged sword.”
“The biggest positives were, number one, the experience. The experience of working with such amazing actors for such a long time and seeing how they work, from Jen to [Philip Seymour Hoffman] for [Woody Harrelson] to Donald Sutherland, the list is quite breathtaking, Mahershala Ali, who reached stratospheric levels later.
The other end of that sword: Hutcherson’s worries that he’d be locked into some type of role playing sweet, sweet “bread boy” Peeta Mallark for so long.
“You can get locked in as an actor, professionally. And it’s hard, and people can only see you as that character and it’s hard for them to imagine you in anything else. And it’s difficult, and it takes time and years to overcome.
Hutcherson discusses the career of Robert Pattinson, the dusk idol who has garnered critical acclaim for independent films like Good time and Lighthouse and now makes more large tent poles like Principle and The Batman as “a great example of someone who was somehow attached to a huge, huge project and known as a character and now he kills it, does an amazing job as an actor and you don’t don’t see it like that anymore.”
The impressive breadth of Hutcherson’s still-young career indicates he won’t be locked in either.
– Story originally published on September 15, 2020.