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Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson: 'Hunger Games' Covers 'EW'

Liam Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson: 'Hunger Games' Covers 'EW'

Check out your first look at The Hunger GamesLiam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Josh, 18, plays opposite Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence in the film, whom many have pegged to be much taller than him. He decided to clear up the debate, saying, “Jennifer‘s not two feet taller than me! If anything, maybe she’s a half inch taller.”

While their characters don’t get along perfectly in the film, Josh and Liam, 21, have formed a close bond while shooting the flick. Josh revealed that he even brought Liam home to Kentucky to try his grandmother’s fried chicken!

“I think it’s going to blow people’s minds when they see that Peeta and Gale are actually best friends in real life,” Josh said.

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  • Rachel

    Liam is looking hunky :) Peeta looks just like he should.

  • QQ

    What the… is that Josh or his dad on the cover??? Wow did he grow up!

  • Liam

    guess they are both shorties because Josh is short man…

  • amy

    Still not Peeta in my eyes.

  • Wes

    Bad casting..

  • Dani

    Looks good. Both of them :)

  • Xan

    not only bad… I never thought they could possibly pick such an inapropiate cast…

  • Kro

    I DO LIKE THEM! and i have the feeling that half the people dont like josh is because they think he is dating V after she broke up with zac

  • T

    Casting mistake

  • Sara

    @Liam: Liam is tall, a giant compared to most actors. Josh is standing on something or else Liam’s head would be cut off.

  • Shy

    It’s a bad picture of both of them. Liam is not even looking like himself. Bad lightning. Josh looks bad too. Blame photographer.
    I can’t believe that they probably did probably 50 or 100 takes and choose this picture for cover.

  • jacqueline

    Why inappropriate? I haven’t read the books but people I know who have said they’re actually happy with the cast, especially because they dyed their hairs to fit the role, I thought they weren’t going to (which is a sign that the actors and the studio don’t have respect and don’t care about the books and the fanbase that comes with it).

  • Malia

    I echo the bad casting calls. Not one of the three leads looks as I’d imagined. Whatever happened to casting unknowns?

  • maria

    I think people are dwelling too much on looks. I think the casting peeps looked at more the quality of their acting, which is so vital to playing these two guys. I’d much rather have a Peeta and Gale who exude the characters, and not just ‘look” like them. And after having just read the first book, I can TOTALLY see these two in these roles.

  • Kat

    Amazing!! Gr8 choices 4 the characters!! Cant wait!!

  • Yugi

    @Malia: If every film casted unknowns no actor would make more than one film. Just because they aren’t who YOU pictured, does not mean they are bad choices. We all have different imaginations, even after reading the same descriptions.

  • AJoanna

    Ugh, I hate it when people complain that “So-and-so who, by the way, is an amazing actor and totally fits the part, doesn’t LOOK how I imagined him.”

    GET OVER IT. Nobody pictures the characters the same way.
    Yes, Lionsgate could cast hunky Abercrombie & Fitch models who might fit what you have envisioned.

    But the movie will be crap.

    Liam and Josh will do just fine. I’m so excited for this movie.

  • Mikee

    no offense but I imagined them cuter.. i dont see peeta or gale in any of them.

  • Commenter

    i was all about callan mcauliffe and hailee steinfeld for peeta and katniss, so seeing this just makes me wanna cry. they better be damn good actors, especially liam, to make up for his non-gale-looks

  • Rose

    I’m not entirely thrilled with the cast; I mean they could’ve cast better. But I really don’t like all of the commenters saying that they hate it when people say “GET OVER IT. Nobody pictures the characters the same way”. When you have a book as amazing as these books are, you get attached to the characters because you love them and want them to be acted the way you see them. Believe it or not, looks are important to portraying a character for a role. The difference between the two are actually big parts of their characters You wouldn’t cast an 11 year old to play a 22 year old lawyer in a comedy, would you?. They have to be so different because it’s part of who they are. Things like this are harder to cast because we have come up with our own images of what they should look like because we have a “deeper’ connection with the characters from books, that what we could ever have with movies. That’s why people get upset with casting, because Gale becomes “My Gale” and Peeta becomes “My Peeta” and they’re more than just random people in a weird movie about a post-apocalyptic killing arena.

  • Jenny

    They look amazing

  • Mary

    You weren’t in the audition room…therefore you’re basing the “bad casting” accusations on characters you’ve seen these two play in previous movies. Have some faith.

  • hungergames

    I like Liam as Gale, but Josh as Peeta….I don’t know about this. I love Josh! But Peeta is supposed to have curly hair!! I guess I will just have to wait to see the movie to really judge.

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  • joceelyynn

    Lol idk if two feet taller but josh is def very short although he looks better in the mag

  • pamela coloma

    that happened with robert pattinson
    at first they hated it
    but later well that they liked

  • emily

    that guy is no peeta! he needs to be good looking and big!

  • pats

    friggin sexy.

  • Ashley

    Screw Peeta, and Gale who is going to be Finnick!!!??? and Beetee, and Boggs! All of my favorite characters! They better not screw up Finnick or I will be sorely dissapointed!

  • annafoster

    UGH i was so pissed off with the casting when i first found out! So upset that they went with liam and josh. Jennifer i thought she suited the role but didn’t know much of her. and cinna? GOD but honestly I’ve been researching more and more and after seeing these all I can understand why they chose them. I mean suzanne collins was there watching auditions as well and this is HER imagination so I guess I’m okay with it now. We don’t really know how well they’re going to do until we see the film. Was critical but now I’m pretty satisfied the movie looks great

  • Skie

    The woman who wrote the book helped choose the cast, so it was good casting.
    Thanks people : )