Plutarch Speaks

He speaks!

Philip Seymour Hoffman has finally commented on joining the franchise.

Ever since we heard the slightest inkling that he could be Plutarch Heavensbee – such a pleasant surprise and probably one of the most widely accepted casting rumor – we’ve wanted to hear his thoughts on the series.

And with his interview with Entertainment Weekly, we find out that though he hadn’t read the books prior, he was attracted to the role because of the talent involved and because of interest in the character. As someone deeply involved in the fandom, it’s a little hard to gauge what someone of his acting caliber thought of the series. We’re so sure that The Hunger Games is amazing, the actors are perfect, and nothing else can touch it. But that’s us, the super fans. But what about Philip Seymour Hoffman? Do actors like him hold this franchise in as high of a regard as we do?

Imagine these are your Victor’s Village bloggers.

Snagging Donald Sutherland seemed like a little bit of a coup, it didn’t really occur to us that it would happen again with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catching Fire. Sometimes you get told one too many times that The Hunger Games is just the new popular thing with the young people, the newest fad now that Harry Potter is done, and that it’s “the new Twilight” – gag – that you start believing it on some unconscious level. So it’s a great to be reassured that it didn’t seem like it took much arm-twisting to get PSH on board. And we’re excited to see what comes of this.

You ever read his initials like you’re making a dismissive noise?



  1. Yay! I was so excited when I read this.

    So apparently he’s been reading the books, and the Catching Fire script seems to be very close to them (according to PSH) and very real (according to Jen).

    The only thing which isn’t clear is if he read the first book or just watched the first movie and went to the second book.

    Anyways, he really seems to understand what his character is about, so I can’t wait to see how he plays it.

  2. I keep hearing people keep saying he took this movie just for the money, but Philip doesn’t seem like they guy who acts for the money, he chooses roles based on how they challenge him and what is interesting to him.
    I watched Mission Impossible 3 last night and he was great in it. While watching it I wondered to myself why would he choose to play a villain in a action movie? The answer was because it was a role he has never done before, something different and challenging. That’s what makes PSH great.

  3. I actually commend PSH for his honesty in admitting he hadn’t read the books. It seems to have become SOP in all the casting rumors that pretty much everyone who was up for a part was claiming to have read and loved the books. I’m not accusing anyone in particular of lying, but I did wonder at times, if some were, at the very least, exaggerating their love for the books a bit for PR purposes.

    I got the feeling that PSH watched the first movie, then started reading the books starting with THG, and that he’s now in the middle of CF. He also apparently read the script for CF before reading the CF book since he says he “ruined” the book for himself by reading the script. I also assume he plans to read MJ after CF, since he’s stated he wants to “find out everything I need to know about this guy.”

    “The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future…that’s interesting stuff, you know?”

    I agree with Abel Toy that he seems to understand so far what the character is about. I really didn’t like Plutarch that much in the books, and saw him as more a villian than a hero, but it is true that he did risk his life by joining the rebellion, even though I think it was more for personal ambition than any noble motive. And PSH seems to hint at that to by saying “he thinks it’s the future”, that the rebellion is inevitable and he’d better get himself on the right side.

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