It’s taken the world by storm. Katniss Everdeen, Peeta, Mockingjays, the Hunger Games – if you don’t know what we’re talking about then you are missing out, and you have our condolences. Hopefully though, this list can spark some interest (don’t worry, no spoilers). For the rest of you, get ready because we are going to take you behind the scenes of today’s most talked about trilogy with this list of 25 things you didn’t know about The Hunger Games.
Elizabeth Banks, who played District 12 escort Effie Trinket, said the worst part of her costume was the lengthy bejeweled nails because she couldn’t unbutton herself or even go to the bathroom without assistance.
Lenny Kravitz and Jennifer Lawrence knew each other before the film, which added to the chemistry between their characters. Lawrence appeared in “X-Men: First Class” alongside Kravitz’s daughter, Zoe, and the two have remained friends ever since.
Actor Stanley Tucci donned a spray tan and lots of makeup and wore a bright blue wig, blue eyebrows, and false teeth to portray Caesar Flickerman, the host of “The Hunger Games,” in the film.
Actor Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) told his brother Liam Hemsworth he needed to lose weight to play the role of Gale. After all, his character was supposed to be starving!
While on set, Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) tried to kick over Josh Hutcherson’s (Peeta’s) head and accidentally kicked him in the head, knocking him out and giving him a concussion.
Half-thawed blueberries were used in the film to portray nightlock, a poisonous berry so deadly it kills those who consume it in less than a minute.
Some fans have combined the names of the protagonist, Katniss, and her main love interest, Peeta, and dubbed the couple “Peeniss.”
Actor Josh Hutcherson read the entire trilogy in five days to prepare for his role as Peeta.
Most of the movie was shot in the woods of North Carolina, especially in and around Charlotte and Asheville.
The film holds the record for the fifth-best opening day ever, bringing in a whopping $68.3 million (including $19.7 million for midnight showings).
Despite the popularity of the books, Lionsgate admitted that the chances of “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” being converted into films depended on the money the first movie made.
The film’s costume designers made a minimum of 1,800 elaborate costumes for the citizens of the Capitol.
More than 35 full-time makeup artists were needed to work on the main characters and over 500 extras.
Grammy-winning singer Taylor Swift contributed two songs to the soundtrack: “Eyes Open” and “Safe & Sound” featuring The Civil Wars.
Actor Alexander Ludwig gained 30 to 40 pounds in order to play the role of Cato.