You can’t expect calmness and tranquility during a movie set. There’s tons of stuff that can happen, and sometimes, it’s really cool to hear about and say “Whoa, that happened?”
In this case, we’re talking about The Hunger Games. The movie, based on the book series of the same title was huge when the first part was released in 2012. It launched Oscar-winner Jeniffer Lawrence into stardom and banked a fandom of incredible proportions.
A lot of insane stuff happened during filming, some of it funny, some of it just weird. Either way, here are 16 of the best things that actually happened during the filming of The Hunger Games.
1. Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked Josh Hutcherson on set so hard, that he got knocked out and he got a concussion
2. The scene where you can see Katniss’ mother with great despair looking out the window was inspired by a Dorothea Lange photograph
Oh, wow, such a cool nod to an exceptional photograph.
3. 1800 costumes were made for the extras in the Capitol
In the first movie, there were 600 of them, and a large portion of those were actually handmade. That probably took like literally forever, but it was probably a lot of fun to create and wear them.
4. Many other аctresses were considered to take up the role of Katniss
Emma Roberts, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mary Mouser, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jodelle Ferland, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley are just a few of the names. Think these would have done the role justice?
5. The famous Wilhelm Scream is used in the movie
The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect of a man screaming that has been used in more than 359 movies and television episodes, beginning in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. The scream is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion, and is most commonly used in films and television.
6. Many of the names are Shakespearean.
The names Brutus, Cato, Cinna, Flavius and Portia are all from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar’s play.
7. “A well-spoken ornament.” Can you guess which character I am talking about?
Yes, we’re talking about Effie Trinket. Her name is actually a combination of the Greek name “Effie” meaning “well spoken”, and the word “trinket” which means an object which has little to no value.
8. Jeremy Irvine was approached to play Peeta, but refused due to the enormous fame that the role would bring
JLaw was also skeptical about the role due to this reason.
9. They had a swear jar on set, and apparently, at least half of the money inside belonged to Jennifer
10. Suzanne Collins, the author of the books was actually trained in sword fighting, but she has stated that her performance in real Hunger Games would be a four out of ten, if she participated
11. Lawrence’s nickname as a child was “Plays with Fire”, because her parents decided not to have any more kids, but then she came around.
They say they “got burned”.
12. Suzanne Collins used to write for the show Little Bear.
13. The makeup department spent $30,000 on lace wigs
Lawrence didn’t want her hair to be dyed over and over again to get the exact right color, so she got them to test with wigs instead. Pretty smart!
Did you enjoy the Hunger Games movies? Which one of these facts was your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below.