April 28, 2012

VIDEOS: Josh Hutcherson talks Gary Ross, Francis Lawrence, Finnick Odair, & Catching Fire at CinemaCon Awards

(TV host Billy Bush & Josh Hutcherson at CinemaCon Awards)

ShowbizJunkies, LA Times and MTV had the chance to talk to Josh Hutcherson at the CinemaCon Awards held last Thursday about The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence, Finnick Odair, Catching Fire and oh, his new haircut. Watch all the videos below!


Here's a transcript of the MTV Video for international Hunger Gamers:
I have spoken to Gary. And I literally don’t think I’ve talked to somebody on the phone and they’ve sounded more upset than he was,” Hutcherson told MTV News at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. “He was so disappointed that he couldn’t do it. Unfortunately, with the scheduling and the timing, he just didn’t have the time to write the script and prep it the way he wants to, the way his work ethic allows him to be as great as he is, which made me extremely sad. 
“Gary, I think, brought so much to the movie, and he created that whole world that was so close to the book and so perfect in so many ways that it’s going to be hard for Francis to come in, for sure,” he added. “But Francis is extremely talented and everyone I’ve talked to says he’s the best guy in the world. So I think he’s going to bring a lot. I haven’t spoken to Francis. I’ve spoken to Gary.” 
Given how epic “The Hunger Games” is, Lawrence makes for an interesting choice. He’s no stranger to making visuals that go big or go home, whether as a music video director who has created show-stopping clips for the likes of BeyoncĂ© and Britney Spears or as a film director (“I Am Legend,” “Water for Elephants”). With Ross already having created a certain vision for the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ books, Hutcherson is hoping there’s a way to meld Lawrence’s with it. 
“I think he’ll stay true to the first one. Gary’s already established a tone and a theme and kind of a whole world. So I think Francis will operate within that. I hope so,” he said. “At the same time, if I were directing, I’d want to bring my own thing to it. So I hope he brings something different to it, which I’m sure he will.”


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