Hunger Games Stars Talk Dirt, Knives And Bears In Vanity Fair

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From what we’ve seen online of the Hunger Games feature for the December issue of Vanity Fair, the magazine didn’t get a ton of new scoop on the movie (or, very likely, they’re saving the good stuff for the newsstands). What they did get was a spectacular photo shoot with the cast. We’re particularly amused by the black-and-white pic of Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth lying in the grass and looking like an outtake from a Vampire Diaries poster.

The other thing that stands out to us, both from the interview
with Jennifer and the fun interactive cast guide, is how much everyone wants to convince us that this is a movie about kids killing kids. Check out these quotes:

Jennifer (Katniss), on the most difficult part of filming: “The fact that it didn’t feel like filming a movie. When we were filming in the woods, it didn’t have that Hollywood gloss — it was real snakes, real bears, and really scenes of running up and down a mountain for 13 hours.”

Liam (Gale): “I’d heard about how popular the books were, but I wasn’t quite aware of how dark and gritty the story was. It started me thinking and asking questions like, Could something like this actually happen to us one day?”

Jack Quaid (Marvel): “It was the first time I’ve ever been asked to choose a weapon at an audition. I was given a choice between a Nerf crossbow, a plastic butcher knife, and a stick. I chose the knife.”

Leven Rambin (Glimmer): “To get into character, I went to a park and threw myself in mud, I practiced archery, and carried a knife into the audition — I think Gary appreciated my dedication.”

Amanda Stenberg (Rue): “I showed up to my audition with Gary wearing a muddy T-shirt and khakis. In my hair were twigs and leaves, as if I had been living in the woods for weeks. … [Gary] joked that I came with my own hair-and-wardrobe team.”

Related: Hunger Games Posters: An In-Depth Eye-Shadow Analysis

[Photos: Lionsgate, Vanity Fair]