‘Hunger Games’ ‘Blew My Mind,’ Josh Hutcherson Says

'I was so happy how it came together,' actor tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

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In addition to obsessing over our own reactions to finally seeing "The Hunger Games," we've been enjoying collecting the initial reactions from the castmembers themselves, whose pre-screening thoughts ranged from anxiety to excitement.

When MTV News caught up with Josh Hutcherson recently, we asked him what goes through his mind any time he screens a movie he worked on.

"Honestly, I just hope it doesn't suck. That's my mentality when I go in to watch one of my movies," Hutcherson said with a self-deprecating smile. "I hope I don't get bored watching it, and I didn't watching this. I was so happy how it came together. It really, to me, was kind of the most interesting way this story could be told. The way Gary [Ross] captured the essence of the story and the characters, cinematically, is incredible."

Hutcherson went on to say that the one thing that surprised him most was not any of the actors' performances but the music backing them.

"I think the score, to me, was one of the most surprising things," he revealed. "I think it's really interesting. And some of the editing choices that were made were so cool and different and nothing I'd ever seen before. Like, in the scene when Jennifer is stung by the Tracker Jackers. That kind of cool editing thing. It really kind of blew my mind."

But did it blow his mind enough to also evoke emotion via his tear ducts? Did Hutcherson shed any tears while watching the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-seller?

"Inside I did. I held it in," he said, before adding that he's not at all afraid to let the waterworks flow during movies, particularly those that star Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin. "When I saw 'My Sister's Keeper,' I openly wept the entire movie, and I feel comfortable saying that."

Check out everything we've got on "The Hunger Games."

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