Get your sword and your shield ready because we’re going to be chatting LIVE with Vikings star Alexander Ludwig this Wednesday, March 12 at 11:10 AM EST for a very special Very VH1 Spreecast. We’ll be talking to The Hunger Games hunk about what it’s like to join a beloved show like Vikings in its second season and we’ll be asking him all of your burning questions.
Grown Ups 2 is set…to have the most ridiculous cast list that we could ever imagine, that is. Paulina Gretzky has been added to the list and we cannot wait to see what she has in store for us (in a nervous kind of way)! She recently made an appearance on our list of The 25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics of 2012 but as if that wasn’t enough, she just posted a pic of her and her friend on the set of Grown Ups 2 rockin’ that bikini bod that we’ve become all too familiar with. Funny folks Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolf, and Chris Rock are teaming up with a whole grab bag of celebrity wildcards. Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner, Hunger Games hottie Alexander Ludwig, Steve Buscemi, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Salma Hayek are just a few of the other outrageous cast members that Gretzky will be working side-by-side with in Grown Ups 2. We think she will fit right in to this zany list.
Alexander Ludwig has been omnipresent during all The Hunger Games promotional activities that unfurled over the last few months. We didn’t really know much about him before the movie, but he really made his mark playing the role of brutal Cato. The 19-year-old Canadian actor looks quite relaxed on red carpets, often pairing jeans with either plaid shirts or leather jackets. Which is why his Da Man cover for April and May is such an eye opener! He looks impeccable in a suit and actually pulls off slicked, side-parted hair!
Snippets of his interview reveal the transformation he had to undergo to play Cato. He said, “I gained almost 40 pounds of muscle for this role. I’m currently working on getting back to how I was before Cato. As an actor, I feel that it’s important to make a physical commitment to create a character and it’s also important for me to return to my normal self.” We almost applauded that answer. Did you also know that Ludwig was a musician? We had no idea, but he told the magazine, “Check out my new song ‘Liv It Up’ currently available on iTunes! I’ve always been very passionate about music and am currently working on creating an album…” Keep your eye out for this one. We’re wondering if he has anything lined up after The Hunger Games. Cato was his first big role after 2009’s Race To Witch Mountain, FYI. More, please!
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While they were plenty of well-dressed women at The Hunger Games premiere last night, the men weren’t far behind. Who doesn’t love a dude in a sharp suit? There were plenty of examples of why that makes us go gaga last night, with Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Wes Bentley leading the pack. Cody Simpson and Alexander Ludwig opted for more relaxed versions, deciding to forgo ties. Deciding to go the more cazh route was Donald Sutherland, who wore a rakish scarf instead. We’ve decided we want to hang with him now because he looks like he has a blast everywhere he goes. Woody Harrelson looked dressed for a luau while palling around with an appropriately clad Stanley Tucci, but we expected that. What we didn’t expect, but were thrilled to see, was Peter Facinelli who looked ridik-hot in jeans, hoodie and leather jacket combination. Want to see what we’re talking about? Head on to our gallery below.
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Well, no one’s on fire and no one is being stung by tracker jackers, but we’re sure Hunger Games fans are buzzing with excitement about the eight new posters showcasing the eight main characters. After you’ve calmed yourselves down a bit, let’s take another look at these profiles:
Katniss (debuted on Yahoo! Movies): She looks a bit softer than I picture the tough District 12 tribute — like the camera caught her thinking about her mother and Prim back home. But there’s still something to the set of her jaw that hints at her unfailing strength. Also, very subtle how they made Katniss face to the right while all the others face to the left.
Peeta: As our friend Amy at Hollywood Crush (where this poster debuted) says, “Peeta appears determined and yet somehow vulnerable, all at the same time. (Not to mention he looks so young, right?!)” He certainly doesn’t look like a kid who’s ever fought for his own survival, like Katniss has.
As of today, the last of the Hunger Games tributes have been chosen…to fight ’til the death! Rounding out the cast as District 2 tributes Cato and Clove is Race to Witch Mountain‘s Alexander Ludwig and Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman. Anyone who remembers Fuhrman as Esther from the 2009 horror film knows you do not want to be locked in a grusome battle with her. With the addition of Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, it looks like it’s almost time to let the games begin! Check out your Hunger Games cast, as it stands so far, in the gallery.
[Photo: Splash News Online]