Josh Hutcherson has been in Toronto this week promoting Escobar: Paradise Lost and we’ve gotten the lovely benefit of some press asking questions about his filming during the Hunger Games series.This is one time where we say GOOD JOB MEDIA, ASK AWAY!
Josh totally won our hearts when he revealed that one memento he took from filming was Peeta’s locket!
I actually took the pendant that I gave Katniss — the one that opens and has the picture of her family, from that scene on the beach. I took that. It’s my one memento.
It’s in my house in my desk drawer. I’m going to try to purposefully lose it — but in a way that I know I will find it in the future.
The whole “purposefully losing it” sounds a bit risky, but can’t you imagine, 10 years from now he’s digging through something and then he comes across the locket? And oh, the memories of that crazy time he played such a very beloved character. Sigh.
The bigger reveal to our hearts was about the last scene he shot for Mockingjay Part 2. It’s a bit sad since it was just him in the scene throwing a blanket over the camera, but OH WAIT WHY WAS HE THROWING A BLANKET OVER THE CAMERA?
It’s me putting Katniss out when she’s on fire.
OH MY OH MY OH MY. So the “camera” is Katniss. Because he’s placing a blanket on her to put out the flames from the parachute bombs.
I need a moment.
There is no explicit mention of Peeta coming to Katniss’s aid in this scene of the book. Katniss, as our narrator, is a little too distracted by being on fire to notice who is helping her. But the idea that Peeta comes to her aid in this way is a beautiful thing. After she executes Coin, we know he prevents her from killing herself, but having him take this extra step shows an additional progression to his recovery. It may also help buy back some goodwill from the purely movie-going audience for all the times he *gulp* tries to hurt her in hijacked rage. The mention of this scene is just another reminder of ALL THE FEELINGS we are going to have during this movie. And there’s another 14 months until this one!
Keep asking those questions. We can never get too much Peeta-related information.