50 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Hunger
Games Are you hungry? Do you like to play games?
Well, we have prepared something that will help you deal with your insatiable hunger
for intriguing movie facts. The Hunger Games invite you to play for the last time this
year. Yet, there’s a catch. If you want to be the last tribute standing, you have
to make sure you know all there’s to know about this extremely delicious movie franchise.
Let our movie fact games begin. May the Movie Facts be ever in your YouTube Channel favor.
1) Have you even wondered how the author Suzanne Collins come up with the name Panem for its
fictional post-apocalyptic world? Well, the name itself comes from the notorious Latin
sayings “Panem et Circenses,” which means “Bread and Circuses,” or more appropriately
“Food and Games”, or even better “Food and Entertainment”. Sounds familiar? There
are so many similarities between our modern world and the Roman Empire, aren’t they?
The ancient Roman rulers had figured it out that they can keep the masses satisfied despite
the poor quality of live and poverty, if they can ensure violent and deadly entertaining
games the people to watch and forget about their daily problems. Again, does this sound
familiar? 2) Maybe it was a nice thing to sit and watch
the Hunger Games as the citizien of Panem, but you can rest assured that being a tribute
wasn’t an easy thing. In addition, that was a deadly sport. Here’s some dark math
calculation. Including the 22 tributes that died in the first Hunger Games movie a total
of 1,725 tributes have been killed over the period of 74 years of long and bloody history
of Panem. 3) It’s about time to discuss the heart
and soul of the Hunger Games. What about the name of the main character, Katniss Everdeen?
Her name is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, from the genus “Sagittaria”,
which are commonly known as “arrowhead.” This is an obvious reference to the character’s
main and well-known archery skills. On the other side, her surname is a reference to
Bathsheba Everdene, who is the lead female character in the famous Thomas Hardy’s novel
“Far from the Madding Crowd.” Suzanne Collins in one of the interviews explained her motives
for the leading character: “The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing
their hearts.” 4) Jennifer Lawrence had a tough start with
this franchise, in every possible way you can imagine it. Did you know that she was
paid for the first movie, what was, for her back then, the “astronomical” fee of $500,000.
In addition, she waited for three days before she officially accepted the role. Why? Well,
it’s because she was unsure and worried, how the role would eventually affect her career.
Can you believe it? For what is worth, the well-deserved reward and recognition came
a little bit late, but not too late. For The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire (2013), she got $10 million, which is almost 20 times more than the initial
offer a year ago. Well done Jennifer, you certainly deserved it.
5) Here’s one more interesting thing about Jennifer Lawrence and the Hunger Games? She
was initially cast as the lead female role in Savages (2012). Yet, she dropped out to
take part in the franchise instead. The gorgeous Blake Lively was the “replacement”. On
the other side, there was a long line of actresses, who were anxious and obviously very hungry
to get the role of Katniss Everdeen. Here are some of the most popular Hollywood names,
such as Chloë Grace Moretz, Mary Mouser, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Lyndsy
Fonseca, Jodelle Ferland, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Roberts, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning,
and Shailene Woodley. They were all considered to play Katniss. Now, we know for sure that
the Savages couldn’t possibly skyrocket Jennifer’s career with the power and speed
the Hunger Games ensured. 6) In the Extras on the DVD editions, the
director Gary Ross explains the background story of this movie, which is far from ideal
as you might’ve imagined it be, “We were under tremendous financial pressure for this
movie. It’s under 80 million dollars, and it’s a really, really big movie. Other blockbusters
cost twice or three times as much.” He was right, and he was successful, beyond all studio’s
best hopes. The first Hunger Games earned more than $400 million on the domestic movie
market, and almost as much abroad. 7) Let’s mention some of the other memorable
Hunger Games characters. Lenny Kravitz was cast for the role of Cinna without audition,
in the first place. The director Gary Ross was impressed by his brief performance in
the movie Precious (2009) that he hired him directly. Because most of Cinna’s scenes include
Katniss, Kravitz had to learn as much as he could about young colleague Lawrence through
his own daughter Zoë Kravitz, who appeared previously with Jannifer in X-Men: First Class
(2011). It’s the small Hollywood world, isn’t it?
8) Here’s more about the relation between Kravitz family and Jennifer Lawrence. Making
friends with Lenny Kravitz’s daughter, Zoë Kravitz, was actually a heavy burden for Jennifer.
She just couldn’t get herself to use his first name, Lenny. Instead, she used to call him
‘Mr Kravitz’ from the first day on the movie set. Kravitz quickly found out what was the
reason for this unexpected “formality”. In addition, the rest of the cast and crew
also started calling him ‘Mr Kravitz’. Mr. Kravitz, indeed.
9) Here’s what happened with Woody Harrelson and the Hunger Games. He actually had to play
his own Hunger Games. Literally. Did you know that he is a vegetarian in real life? In scenes
where Haymitch is seen eating, he eats either dessert or vegetables, or just drinks. So,
he’s found a way to trick the Hunger Games. Poor Woody, we guess he was hungry all the
time. 10)Both Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence
are natural blondes. We all know that. However, for the purpose of this film they dyed their
hair brown. On the other side, Josh Hutcherson, who’s naturally dark-haired, dyed his hair
blonde. Can you imagine them in their original hair edition? Well, we definitely like what
they did with their hair, that’s for sure. 11)Here’s more you should know about Jennifer
Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. They were both born in Kentucky. Why is that important for
the Hunger Games? Well, this is a state with rural poverty and coal mining, which are the
“trademarks” of District 12. What a striking coincidence, indeed. They’ve been preparing
themselves for the role of their lives the moment they were born. They were the perfect
match for the movie more they could possibly know or imagine.
12)The old Hollywood wolf, Donald Sutherland saw the script by accident. He was so impressed
when he read it that he lobbied restlessly for the role of President Snow. Why? You will
find this one a little bit hard to believe. It is because the script reminded him of Stanley
Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957). He succeeded in his plan to get the role, but not before
he had to write a heartbreaking letter to Gary Ross explaining why he should be cast.
The Hunger Games book series was a huge brand itself that even Donald Sutherland had to
play extremely and surprisingly nice in order to get an invitation.
13)The Hunger Games was the first film not released by a big six studio (Fox, Disney,
Paramount, WB, Columbia or Universal) to gross over $400 million in the United States. This
simple, but quite a remarkable fact makes the Hunger Games’ success to be even more
fascinating. Right? Our hats off to the Lions Gate Entertainment and its partners for allowing
us to enjoy the Hunger Games on the big screen. 14)Elizabeth Banks had to spend 45 minutes
every day having manicures done on her fingers. Oh boy, it was completely worth it. Her extravagant
appearance in the Hunger Games is definitely one of the most memorable ones. Additionally,
most of the dresses Elizabeth Banks wears in the movie were created by Sarah Burton,
which belong to the famous Alexander McQueen brand. Sometimes, it’s hard to say which
is more likeable or popular about Effie Trinket, her outrageous look or her immortal line:
May the odds be ever in your favor. In her case, it is more appropriate to say: May the
looks be ever in my favor. Right? 15)Did you know that Effie Trinket appears
briefly at the end of the novel itself? However, in the film his role expands greatly. In the
novel Katniss’ stylists are present in District 13, including a character named Fulvia, who
is actually Plutarch’s assistant. Effie replaces both of these characters in the film. One
serious rumor has it that after seeing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the author
Suzanne Collins called director Francis Lawrence and literally said, “There’s no way Effie
Trinket can’t be in the Mockingjay films.” She meant all
Hunger Games movies, and she was right. We can’t possibly imagine this movie franchise
without her unforgettable hairstyle and dresses. 16)MOVIE MISTAKE ALERT!!
If you have an eagle eye for movie mistakes, then this one isn’t going to be a hard one
for you to notice. As the tributes’ chariots roll into the stadium, the Capitol citizens
are throwing flowers to the tributes as they pass. We have all seen that, haven’t we?
However, when all the tributes are gathered at the end of the roadway, an overhead shot
shows it all. The runway is actually clean and flower-free. Who took all those flowers?
Here it is, see for yourself. http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture174171
17)The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest grossing film of 2013 in North America.
In addition, this was the first film to top the annual box office with a top-billed female
lead since The Exorcist (1973). On the other side, this was the first movie with a woman
as the sole protagonist and primary marketing focus since The Sound of Music (1965). The
Hunger Games certainly made the Hollywood history more than once.
18)The Hunger Games for Jennifer Lawrence were nothing more than blood, tears, and fears.
Literally! One she said the while filming in the arena she hit herself with the bow
mid-sprint, and dove into a pool of jets, leaving her partially deaf for 6 days. It
turns out that she was a real hero in both real and Hollywood life. On the other side,
she had to sacrifice a little bit of her health for each and any movie of this franchise.
This movie series is specific by its very rare decision for Hollywood standards to come
up with a new sequel a year after year, for four, or better to say five years in a row.
This is great thing for the fans, because they don’t have to wait too much. But, we
aren’t sure about the actors, who have to suffer and endure quite a lot.
19)Are you ready for some additional mind games, other than the Hunger Games themselves?
When you took the first letters of the main character last names Effie Trinket, Katniss
Everdeen, Haymitch Abernathy, and Peeta Mellark’s, what you get is the quite an indicative word
– TEAM. This one perfectly goes hand-in- hand with famous Effie’s line, “Show them we’re
a team.” You were quite a team, indeed. 20)Here’s a game of last characters’ names.
Haymitch’s last name is Abernathy, and in Pitch Perfect (2012) which Elizabeth Banks
(Effie) also plays, her character’s last name is Abernathy too.
21)Liam Hemsworth once admitted that the most awkward moments while filming were definitely
the ones including the kissing scenes with Jennifer Lawrence. Why? According to Liam
Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence would purposely eat foods with garlic or tuna fish before any
kissing scenes between these two extremely loveable characters. Let’s be honest about
this one. Jennifer can eat whatever she wants, and there will be still quite a few Hollywood
heartbreakers standing in line for a true movie kiss.
22)Let’s learn something more about Jennifer Lawrence’s extraordinary talents. She did
her own singing for the ears-catching “The Hanging Tree” song. Worldwide, the song went
#1 on the iTunes Sales Chart. Yet, Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t like singing. What’s even
harder to believe is the fact that she hated filming the part where she sang “The Hanging
Tree.” She should definitely do more signing, every now and then. However, we don’t know
how to make here change her mind about this one. Any ideas?
23)What’s a difference between the song in the book and in the movie? In the book,
the song The Hanging Tree is sung from the perspective of a man who has been hanged.
This man is actually calling out to his love to join him in death. When he’s asking her
to “wear a necklace of rope side by side with me.”, you know what it means, don’t you?
Yet, we aren’t quite sure this is Jennifer’s idea of for better or for worse main marriage
principle’s practical application. 24)The Hunger Games are dedicated to Philip
Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died while contributing to this movie with his outstanding
performance of Plutarch Heavensbee. Since the majority of his scenes for the final two
movies were already filmed, the role didn’t have to be re-cast. The movie series was finished
with other characters taking on his lines, like Effie Trinket, among others. Philip Seymour
Hoffman – Heavensbee. Heavensbee, how appropriate and symbolic, indeed.
25)Julianne Moore admitted that her two children, who were both huge fans of the novels, convinced
her to sign on for the role of Alma Coin. Somehow, we have this strong feeling that
children forced rather than convinced her to accept the role.
26)Jodie Foster was also considered for the role of Alma Coin, which eventually went to
Julianne Moore. It is worth mentioning that both of these top-class actresses portrayed
Clarice Starling’s character in the “Hannibal Lecter” series of films. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
made his own hunger games, but that’s a different story, we all know how it ended.
27)The Hunger Games is actually the fourth film to co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman and
Julianne Moore. They had previously costarred in Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski
(1998), and Magnolia (1999). 28)This movie franchise also reunites Julianne
Moore and Woody Harrelson, who appeared previously in Game Change (2012), which was also written
by Danny Strong. 29)Did you know Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket)
and Julianne Moore (President Coin) both played love interests of the character Jack Donaghy
in season 4 of 30 Rock (2006)? The Hunger Games successfully reunited so many Hollywood
friends. 30)Jennifer Lawrence had to cut her hair short
the summer before filming began for the third movie in the series. Why? Well, due to damage
from constant dyeing for the previous films he had no other option avaialble. As a result,
Lawrence had to wear a wig in “Mockingjay” for her role of Katniss. We don’t mind.
And, to be quite honest, we don’t care. She’s gorgeous and lovely, either way.
31)Talking about the hair sacrifices made for this movie franchise, Natalie Dormer actually
shaved half of her hair when she accepted the role of Cressida. In the book, the character
of Cressida actually had her entire head shaved and covered with ivy tattoos. In the movie,
it was Natalie Dormer to suggest an idea of having only one-half (her left side) of her
head shaved to be covered with (fake) ivy tattoos. We could’ve named this movie franchise
to be the Hair Games instead, with no danger of making a mistake.
32)The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was originally planned to be released in China
on November 21st, 2014. However, it was pulled a week before release. Why? One of the most
probable reasons is associated with the protests in Hong Kong. The political theme of movie
is very similar to protestors’ demands for a democratic election in Hong Kong.
33)Have you noticed a dog wandering in District 12? Well, this is Donald Sutherland’s dog,
called Biggles. What was dog’s business on the movie set? Well, you have to ask Donald
Sutherland, because we don’t have a clue. 34)With the first movie’s run time of 2
hours and 22 minutes and the second lasting 2 hours and 26 minutes, the Mockingjay 1 is
actually the shortest Hunger Games movie to date with “only” 2 hours and 3 minutes
of running time. 35)The word “Mockingjay” itself is being used
more than 20 times during the movie. OK, we got it! There’s no way, we can get confused,
which movie from the franchise, we’re watching at the moment. Yet, you can never be sure.
The moviemakers have taken care of it for us. We just couldn’t thank them enough for
this one. 36)MOVIE MISTAKE ALERT!!
Pay a close attention to this one. When Caesar Flickerman is interviewing Katniss on TV,
a chunk of her up-swept hairdo keeps changing, hanging down next to her left cheek in one
shot, then it disappears in a close-up, then it’s hanging down again.
http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture180422 37)While many people think the characters
Castor and Pollux are related to Face/Off (1997) movie, the names are actually “borrowed”
from Greek Mythology. They are twin brothers that are transformed into the constellation
Gemini. Just pay a close attention to the names used in the Hunger Games, and you’re
going to learn quite a lot about the Ancient Greek Mythology and the Great Roman Empire.
38)Again about the names and their associated meanings. Eddy, Johanna, Annie, Effie, and
Alma, are actually among the very few characters in the entire series with “normal” modern
names. With the overwhelming majority of all characters, the traditional Ancient Latin
names or obscure plant names like Katniss were used.
39)In order for Peeta to look like he was tortured, many Hunger Games think he went
on an extreme diet. Yet, little did they know that in reality they used CGI to slim his
face in order to look abused and beaten. Don’t forget that other injuries weren’t CGI generated,
but rather the results of real-life troubles and accidents.
40)The final scene of the Mockingjay – Part 1, where Katniss wakes up and finds out Peeta
has been hijacked (after he tries to kill her) was originally intended to be the opening
scene of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015). Nevertheless, during the production,
the filmmakers decided ending after Peeta is knocked out by Boggs and the sudden black
screen was too much of a challenge for general audiences to accept, so it was added after
that instead. Oh dear, they’re playing with our nerves and trembling hearts with no mercy
at all. 41)After the end credits, the Mockingjay logo
from The Hunger Games (2012) appears, turns into the Mockingjay logo from The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire (2013), and then turns into the Mockingjay logo from The Hunger Games
Mockingjay Part 1, to finally transform into the Mockingjay logo in the book. What a nice
reminder of a long epic journey this movie franchise had to endure in order to revive
all characters and the story itself. 42)When Katniss wakes up in the hospital after
Peeta tries to strangle her, you can easily notice that her eyes and cheeks are red. This
isn’t a movie trick. As a matter of fact, the strangling causes the formation of small
bruises. Jennifer was right about blood and tears necessary for the realistic tone of
the movie. She wasn’t exaggerating. Obviously. What happened to the CGI? Jennifer and CGI
just don’t go hand-in-hand, do they? 43)At the moment, when the resistance members
are hacking into Peeta’s broadcast and playing The Hanging Tree, right before Peeta warns
Katniss about the upcoming bombing of District 13 the famous lines from the song “dead man
called out, for his love to flee” play. When you translate these words to the current situation
in the movie, here’s what you get. Peeta would be treated a
dead man, because he is the Capitol’s prisoner and they are already torturing him, with no
chance of escaping, while on the other side, Katniss is his love and he is warning her
about the bombs telling her to ‘flee’. Luckily for us and Jennifer, the warning did its homework
properly, and what’s the most important thing – timely.
44)The first line you’ll hear in the Mockingjay Part 2 is going to be Katniss’s line, “Tonight,
turn your weapons to the Capitol!” This was released with a teaser trailer showing the
Mockingjay logo transform from the original Mockingjay in the first movie all the way
to the new Mockingjay in Mockingjay Part 2. Yet, nobody didn’t have to tell us what
will be the ultimate goal for Katniss and her rebellious crew. Right? The Capitol itself.
And, the good old, wait, the bad old President Coriolanus Snow.
45)Talking about the Capitol, did you know that many of the Capitol scenes were actually
shot in Paris and Berlin? Effie definitely belongs to the prestigious school of style
– made in Paris. On the other side, Haymitch looks so German with his blonde hair and quite
notorious beer affection. 46)Let’s not forget to mention the Stars,
who were the 3 Academy Award winning actors. The first one, Jennifer Lawrence won her Oscar
in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook and Julianne Moore got one in 2015 for Still Alice. Additionally,
Philip Seymour Hoffman won his Oscar in 2006 for Capote. Can we get one Oscar for the Hunger
Games movies themselves? They certainly deserve it.
47)This movie franchise features 5 Academy Award Nominated Actors who have a total of
15 nominations. The actors are Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, and
American Hustle), Woody Harrleson (The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger), Julianne
Moore (Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, The Hours, Far From Heaven, and Still Alice),
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master), and Stanley
Tucci (The Lovely Bones). Of the 15 performances, 3 are Oscar-winning ones: Philip Seymour Hoffman
for Capote (2005), Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and Julianne Moore
for Still Alice (2014). This is really a golden Hollywood team any director would die for
to see in his next movie. 48)MOVIE MISTAKE ALERT!!
In the scene where Katniss is being asked to make the first rebels’ propaganda video,
they ask for wind machines to be turned on for effect. Yet, the blades on these fans
start turning the wrong way. They’re sucking the air, instead of blowing it toward Katniss
as they should be. 49)Based on the last book of the Hunger Games
trilogy, the final movie is actually split into two parts, which is identical to the
Twilight (2008) franchise’s decision. Wait, what about the Harry Potter franchise and
its last movie from the series? We also had two-in-one system. We love them.
We forgive them. What other option we have? 50)So, what’s going to happen next? On February
6, 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that there could be a potential fifth film
in the Hunger Games franchise. Yet, it’s not quite whether or not this would be a sequel
or a prequel? For what is worth, Jennifer Lawrence accidentally revealed that her nephew
is playing Katniss and Peeta’s son during Comic-Con 2015. And we know from the book
that they had two kids. Maybe, the fans themselves can urge the author to write the forth book
of the Hunger Games series. If the Mockingjay Part 2 explodes at the box office like its
predecessors, everything and anything is possible. How we are going to call it? The Hunger Games:
The Next Generation.