‘The Hunger Games’ Features Debut of Movie Stars’ Son Jack Quaid
Isabelle Fuhrman, Alexander Ludwig, Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin in 'The Hunger Games' (Photo: Lionsgate)
19-year-old Jack Quaid makes his big-screen acting debut in the highly anticipated adaptation of "The Hunger Games." And though it's his first time in front of movie cameras, Quaid is no stranger to the spotlight. That's because he's the son of Hollywood heavyweights Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.
Jack Quaid (Photo: Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
In the film, Quaid plays Marvel, one of the 24 "Tributes" chosen to compete in the televised games where teenagers are forced to battle to the death. Quaid said about his character, "I wouldn't say he's the sharpest tool in the shed, but he is ecstatic to be there and he just goes for it."
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The character of Marvel is one of the "Career Tributes" who have been preparing since childhood to compete in the Games (unlike Katniss, who volunteers to keep her younger sister from being chosen). This required Quaid to show his bloodthirsty side at his audition. He told People Magazine that part of his casting session involved choosing a fake weapon to wield: "It was between a Nerf crossbow, an Airsoft gun and a plastic knife. I chose the knife."
Dennis Quaid and son Jack in 2005 (Photo: Todd Williamson/FilmMagic)
Quaid and his "Hunger Games" costars have been touring the country to promote the film, and it all culminates in the gigantic Los Angeles premiere this coming Monday. You can catch all of the stars as they arrive for the premiere with our exclusive live coverage of the red carpet. Tune in March 12 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT only on Yahoo! Movies.