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The Hunger Games Press Tour Haymitch Game

With all the trailer rumors floating around, the Lionsgate marketing news and the movie release date fast approaching (The Hunger Games comes out 5 months to the day!), it struck us that pretty soon the cast will most likely be properly reunited for a press tour. Which will mean interviews, interviews, interviews!

If you’re like us, when something you love is coming out, you watch a lot of interviews. And no offense to journalists (ok, some offense because come on we like originality), but they often ask pretty predictable questions. And actors are often coached on ways to answer these predictable questions (whether or not they actually give canned answers is up to the actor’s personality and the tone of the interview). So we’re going to start calling it now, 5 months early. And we’ve decided to do it in the form of a Haymitch (drinking) Game*!

The Hunger Games Press Tour Haymitch Game

Warning: Haymitch Games can be bad news

For all the actors:

  • If they talk about their hair, drink.
  • If they mention being a fan of the series, drink.
  • If they say or confirm that something is true to the books, drink twice.
  • If they say the word “excited”, drink.
  • If they say “Suzanne Collins”, drink.
  • If they say “Gary Ross”, drink.
  • If they say “badass”, drink.
  • If they say something along the lines of “We’re all friends”, drink.
For the interviewers/writers/journalists:
  • If they ask about a romantic relationship drink twice.
  • If they bring up Twilight or Harry Potter, drink.
  • If they say “dystopia”, drink.
  • If they get something from The Hunger Games books wrong (e.g. calling a character the wrong name), down the glass because they have no idea what they’re talking about. If whoever they’re interviewing corrects them, make yourself a new glass and take a drink. Take another drink, if the actor seems to be judging the interviewer.
  • If they ask about diet and exercise, drink.
  • If they ask about the love triangle, drink. If they bring up “Teams”, drink again.
Special rules that are in addition to or, if they’re similar, supercede the above rules:
For Jennifer Lawrence:
  • If she mentions shooting arrows, drink. If she calls it awesome, drink again.
  • If she mentions Rue, spill a little in her honor and then drink.
  • If she brings up a weird Hollywood anecdote, drink.
  • If she brings up being from the South, drink. If she says something very Southern, drink.
  • If she reacts negatively to a Twilight comparison (e.g. “We don’t drink blood, that’s sick.”), drink twice, one for you and one that you’re “buying” her.
  • If she brings up her indie films, drink.
  • If she says something hilarious yet mildly inappropriate, down the glass.
For Josh Hutcherson:
  • If he seems far too excited about being interviewed, drink twice.
  • If he brings up an acting gig he did before he was 16, drink.
  • If he brings up working out for the role, drink.
  • If he brings up being friends with Liam, drink twice (for each of the guys). If “Red Dawn” comes up, drink.
  • If he brings up being from the South, drink. If he says something very Southern, drink.
  • If he mentions how like Peeta he is, down the glass.
For Liam Hemsworth:
  • If he brings up being one of the older members of the cast, drink twice (one for you and one for him because it’s legal).
  • If he mentions his brother, drink once and then ANOTHER! (don’t smash your glass)
  • If he alludes to Miley Cyrus or her family, drink (The Last Song mentions count).
  • If he brings up working out for the role, drink.
  • If he brings up being friends with Josh, drink twice (for each of the guys). If “Red Dawn” comes up, drink.
  • If he says something very Australian, down the glass.
For the members of the cast playing adults (Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, etc.) only:
  • If they refer to a younger actor as “kid”, or to them collectively as “kids”, drink.
  • If they seem impressed with a younger actor, drink.
  • If they mention or allude to being a fan of the books, drink twice.
Feel free to make suggestions in the comments!

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*We are actually not recommending this. This is just a fun way to list trite things that go on in interviews. If you must, use apple juice. Please drink responsibly.