* ActorAllusion: Isabelle Fuhram [[Film/{{Orphan}} plays]] a KnifeNut.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: Phillip Seymour Hoffman died just a week before he would have finished filming his scenes for the two ''Mockingjay'' films. The studio is keeping mum about how this will affect them.
* BannedInChina:
** The film was banned in Vietnam. Officially, the ban was for showing youth violence, though it has more to do with Vietnam not being happy with a film that shows youngsters fighting back against a totalitarian state.
** Strangely enough, the film was ''not'' banned in China itself, despite it being more authoritarian than Vietnam. This is possibly due to it being possible to interpret the film as a parable about "Western decadence".
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Averted. Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in early February 2014, seven days away from completing filming on ''Mockingjay - Part 2'' and he had already completed almost all of his scenes for ''Part 1''. Early reports after his passing stated that the production crew planned to use CGI for the rest of his scenes, but a recent interview with director Francis Lawrence reveals that they plan to use only existing footage of Hoffman for scenes in which Plutarch appears in the background and to rewrite the rest of his dialogue scenes that he had yet to film so that his lines will be spoken by other characters.
* DawsonCasting:
** At first, the film's creators considered casting an actual teen in the lead role (among others, SaoirseRonan, Creator/ChloeMoretz, and HaileeSteinfeld were considered for Katniss' part). They finally settled with 21-year old JenniferLawrence to play 16-year old Katniss. Liam Hemsworth (Gale, 18) was 21 during filming, while Josh Hutcherson (Peeta, 16) was 19. Leven Rambin (Glimmer, 18) was 21 at the time.
** Averted by IsabelleFuhrman (Clove), Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), and Willow Shields (Prim), aged 14, 16, 12, and 11 during production.
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** You can actually buy mockingjay pins. Interesting, because the citizens of the Capitol displayed this exact behavior in ''Catching Fire''.
** Based on the descriptions in the book, you can now find recipes for the bread from District 4 and 11, as well as attempts at Katniss' favourite lamb stew.
** Protesters against the 2014 coup d'état in Thailand have used the three-finger salute.
* DuelingMovies: ''Film/JohnCarter'' premiered two weeks earlier aimed at the same audience. ''The Hunger Games'' was more successful.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Katniss and Gale are brunettes played by blondes while Peeta is a blond played by a brunet.
*** There was a lot of initial displeasure that Josh Hutcherson didn't sport blue contacts for the films, since Peeta's eye-colour is often mentioned in the books. By the second film no one seemed to care anymore.
** Many of the Capitol extras actually allowed their hair to be dyed those crazy colors for the movies. ''That'' is dedication.
** Wes Bentley sported Seneca's beard for real.
* FakeAmerican: Given Panem is post-apocalyptic USA, Liam Hemsworth (Australian), Donald Sutherland (Canadian), Toby Jones (British), and Paula Malcomson (Irish) fit.
* FanNickname: President Santa Claus, or Evil Santa, for President Snow.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[JenniferLawrence Katniss]] [[Film/WintersBone has a lot of experience hunting squirrels and raising her younger siblings in the backwoods]]. She was also [[Film/XMenFirstClass a shapeshifting mutant]].
** [[Film/{{Orphan}} Est]][[IsabelleFuhrman her]] survived and learned how to fight with knives as if she wasn't good enough already to use them effectively.
** Apparently, it's not the first time for Peeta being [[{{Zathura}} trapped in a game.]] [[spoiler: [[BadAss No wonder he can always survive!]]]]
** [[Film/AmericanBeauty Ricky Fitts]][=/=][[Film/GhostRider Blackheart]] [[spoiler:poisons himself]] and has a cool beard to show for it.
** [[Film/TheDevilWearsPrada Nigel]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresofTintin Silk]] are announcers.[[note]]Interestingly, both played German scientists on opposing sides in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.[[/note]]
** [[Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy Percy Alleline]] is now the (rather less vocal) commentating partner of Caesar Flickerman, Claudius Templesmith.
** [[Series/{{Caprica}} Amanda Greystone]] gained two new daughters, but lost her husband in a mining accident.
*** It's not the [[Series/ColdCase first time]] she's had her husband die, leaving her with two daughters (with Katniss playing one of them).
** Cato is back from [[RaceToWitchMountain outer space]]... and it turns out he's the son of [[{{Vikings}} a Viking cheiftain.]] Talk about an unfair advantage!
** Glimmer certainly is not [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace an angel]], though she did [[TheSarahConnorChronicles go to school with John Connor]] after some time in [[Series/AllMyChildren Pine Valley being herself and an identical half-sister]].
** Haymitch used to be a [[Film/{{Zombieland}} Twinkie-seeking zombie hunter]].
*** Oh, the irony of a [[{{Cheers}} bartender]] playing a drunk.
*** Guess he survived [[TwentyTwelve the Yellowstone eruption]].
** President Snow trained Film/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} herself.
** Effie was [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy J. Jonah Jameson's secretary]] at one point.
*** For an example of HeyItsThatVoice, Effie [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Helped Chris Pratt save the world on Taco Tuesday.]]
** [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Bennet]] / [[ThePillarsOfTheEarth Earl Bartholomew]] is the BigBad! His son [[ThePillarsOfTheEarth Richard of Shiring]] and his daughter [[PrideAndPrejudice Lydia Bennet]] won the past Hunger Games!
** With [[Film/{{Zombieland}} Tallahassee's]] coaching, [[BridgeToTerabithia Jesse Aarons]] gets to save his lady friend this time round.
** Rue is [[Film/{{Colombiana}} Young!Cataleya]].
** In the sequel, Katniss and Peeta get some help from [[Film/SuckerPunch Rocket]], [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 Felix Leiter]], [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Philip the missionary]], [[SexAndTheCity Miranda's maid Magda]] and [[PulpFiction Honey Bunny]].
** They also meet [[{{Series/Revolution}} Grace Beaumont]] when she's taking time off from being on a [[CrapsackWorld planet without electricity]].
** Unsurprisingly, (young) [[{{Series/TeenWolf}} Derek Hale]] still can't win a fight.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[HeyItsThatVoice/TheHungerGames In its own page now]].
* TheOtherDarrin: In the Japanese dub, possibly [[CelebrityVoiceActor due to licensing]], Rue and Seneca's roles are recasted in the DVD/BD release of the movie in Japan, but the rest of the cast keeps their original dub voices from the theatrical version.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]][=/=]OneOfUs: Foxface's actress Jackie Emerson is a huge fan of the series.
** Appears to be the case with Donald Sutherland, who read the books and then sought the role of Snow by writing Gary Ross a letter where he delved into the character's motivations in great detail (which ended up being the basis for some of Snow's scenes in the first film). The DVD of the first film has a bonus feature of Sutherland reading the letter.
** Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie, actively sought the part, being a huge fan of the books. She's also a huge Hayffie shipper and has said in interviews that she's asked Suzanne Collins if [[spoiler:the two can end up together in the final film. In the books they're never shown as romantically involved]]. She even gave her character in ''PitchPerfect'' the surname Abernathy.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: In the Japanese dub, Creator/HiroshiKamiya (Peeta), Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Gale) and Creator/RieKugimiya (Prim) worked together before as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Tieria Erde, Graham Aker and Nena Trinity respectively]].
** And Creator/NanaMizuki (Katniss) and Creator/RieKugimiya (Prim) [[NinjaNonsense were also sisters before.]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Or classmates]].
** Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Gale) and Creator/KentaMiyake (Cinna) were members of the [[Anime/MacrossFrontier S.M.S.]], [[Videogame/StreetFighterIV rivals]], or [[Film/TheAvengers members of the Avengers]].
** Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Gale) and Creator/NanaMizuki (Katniss) reunites again in the Japanese dub of the ''Film/EvilDead2013'' reboot as the Allen slibings David and Mia respectively.
* ScullyBox: Jennifer Lawrence has a good two inches over Josh Hutcherson. In the film he is hoisted up to that they look the same height.
* [[HeAlsoDid She Also Did]]: Would you believe Suzanne Collins worked on [[Literature/LittleBear The Little Bear cartoon?]]
* ThrowItIn: The extra scenes with President Snow and Seneca Crane are apparently the product of a lengthy letter Sutherland wrote to the director on his interpretation of the character of Snow after he read the original screenplay. Ross liked them so much that he wrote two scenes of character exposition exploring the themes of Sutherland's letter and added them to the script for the first movie, thus elevating Sutherland to the status of CoolOldGuy in real life. You can find his letter online, but the DVD special features has him actually ''reading'' it.
* WorkingTitle: The working title of the first novel was ''The Tribute of District Twelve''. Some foreign editions do this, like the German release, ''Die Tribute Von Panem'' (The Tributes of Panem).
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