Josh Hutcherson talks ‘Hunger Games’ fans, ‘Catching Fire’ anticipation
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"I was really nervous about it to be honest," Hutcherson said about embarking on the film franchise, based on a trilogy of best-selling books by Suzanne Collins. "It's crazy because living up to 'The Hunger Games' coming out, everybody was talking about how it's going to change everything, your whole life -- it's going to be so different," he explained. "I like my life! I didn't want that to happen and it didn't... I'm still me and I'm still doing my normal things that I have always done."
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Hutcherson is now a bona fide heartthrob whose Facebook fan page has earned more than 1.5 million "likes," not to mention more than one million followers on Twitter. And he admits those numbers started spiking with the release of "The Hunger Games," which has earned $684.5 million worldwide and is so far the second-most successful film of 2012. ("The Avengers" is No. 1.) "'Hunger Games' fans are ravenous and extremely passionate. They're the absolute best," he said.
Hutcherson, his cast mates -- including Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence -- writer/director Gary Ross and some of the crew contribute video diaries in what amounts to three hours of bonus content offered in "The Hunger Games" DVD and Blu-ray, out this weekend. "[It is] a very up-close and personal look into what it was like throughout the entire process, from start to finish of turning the book into a movie," Hutcherson said, being coy about further details. (The film is also available for digital download August 18.)