John C. Reilly In Talks To Play Haymitch Abernathy In The Hunger Games

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Okay, when we first read John C. Reily might be in The Hunger Games, we couldn’t imagine it. The man played Sasquatch in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny! Then again, Reilly also has an Oscar-nomination for Chicago, so maybe we can average the two and come out with the perfect lumbering, bear-like role for him to play. According to New York Mag, the Cyrus star is in talks to portray Haymitch Abernathy, the gruff, usually inebriated mentor to Jennifer Laurence’s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, as well as the only living Hunger Games winner from District 12. We just hope people will get past Reilly’s comic persona from movies like Step Brothers, and remember the pitiful oafs he played in The Hours, Year of the Dog, and…well, basically every other film he’s ever been in. Actually, now that we think of it, Haymitch is the role he was born to play!

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