Entertainment Weekly covers ‘The Men of the Hunger Games’; first official look at Josh as Peeta Mellark!

Entertainment Weekly have released their “Hunger Games” exclusive feature highlighting the men of the “Hunger Games” movie – Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne! In a nine-page magazine spread, the cast and crew of the “Hunger Games” talk about the movie’s production and author, Suzanne Collins, talks about the principle cast and has some exceptionally flattering comments for Josh! In new “Hunger Games” materials, we’ve added: a new photoshoot image featuring Josh and Liam as Peeta and Gale; the first official promotional still from the movie; and a whole lot of scans from the magazine feature.

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It was a love-fest when Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) and Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) learned they’d landed the roles of Gale and Peeta, respectively. The guys first met after Hutcherson worked with Hemsworth’s big brother, Chris, on an upcoming remake of Red Dawn. Says Hutcherson, ”I sent him a text: ‘Dude, we have The Hunger Games! I’m so stoked, man, this is awesome!”’

Before arriving on set, Hutcherson hit the gym for an intense round of training to better embody a boy who’s spent his childhood heaving sacks of flour. He put on about 15 pounds of muscle in three weeks.

Hutcherson and Lawrence have become playful friends, but he’s a little concerned about the payback she might give him for a prank he played on her. ”I’m sure she’s going to pay me back,” says Hutcherson. ”I’m just terrified because she’s someone I can see taking it to the next level, and somebody could get hurt.”

Hemsworth and Hutcherson may be rivals on screen, but they bonded hard during their weeks on set together. ”I think it’s going to blow people’s minds when they see that Peeta and Gale are actually best friends in real life,” says Hutcherson.

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