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The Hunger Games
Banned in China:
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".
At first, the film's creators considered casting an actual teen in the lead role (among others, Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Moretz, and Hailee Steinfeld were considered for Katniss' part). They finally settled with 21-year old Jennifer Lawrence 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 Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface) and Amandla Stenberg (Rue), aged 14, 16, and 12 during production.
Dueling Movies: premiered two weeks earlier aimed at the same audience. John Carter The Hunger Games was more successful.
Dyeing for Your Art:
Katniss and Gale are brunettes played by blondes while Peeta is a blond played by a brunet.
Many of the Capitol extras actually allowed their hair to be dyed those crazy colors for the movies. That is dedication.
Fake American: Given Panem is post-apocalyptic USA, Liam Hemsworth (Australian), Donald Sutherland (Canadian), Toby Jones and Sam Claflin (both British) fit.
Hey, It's That Guy! / Role Association:
Katniss has a lot of experience hunting squirrels and raising her younger siblings in the backwoods. She was also a shapeshifting mutant.
Est 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 trapped in a game.
No wonder he can always survive! Ricky Fitts/ Blackheart poisons himself and has a cool beard to show for it.
Nigel and Silk are announcers.
note Percy Alleline is now the (rather less vocal) commentating partner of Caesar Flickerman, Claudius Templesmith.
Amanda Greystone gained two new daughters, but lost her husband in a mining accident.
It's not the first time she's had her husband die, leaving her with two daughters (with Katniss playing one of them).
Cato is back from outer space.
Glimmer certainly is not an angel, though she did go to school with John Connor after some time in Pine Valley being herself and an identical half-sister.
Haymitch used to be a Twinkie-seeking zombie hunter.
President Snow trained Buffy herself.
Effie was J. Jonah Jameson's secretary at one point.
Mr. Bennet / Earl Bartholomew is the Big Bad! His son Richard of Shiring and his daughter Lydia Bennet won the past Hunger Games!
With Tallahassee's coaching, Jesse Aarons gets to save his lady friend this time round.
Rue is Young!Cataleya.
In the sequel, Katniss and Peeta get some help from Rocket, Felix Leiter, Philip the missionary, Miranda's maid Magda and Honey Bunny.
They also meet Grace Beaumont when she's taking time off from being on a planet without electricity.
Hey, It's That Voice!: This concerns the European French dub:
Katniss is Helga, Nami and Isabella.
Gale is Anakin Skywalker and Stitch.
Peeta is also Anakin.
Effie is Vicky.
President Snow is Bender.
Cinna is going to make Katniss "fly like an eagle".
Spain: Katniss was at some point Sailor Moon, Effie is Gwen, and Peeta is Speed Racer.
How about Brazil: Izzy has to fight for her life after entering a fight to the death.
In the Japanese dub, Katniss is Fate Testarossa and Hinata Hyuga. Also overlaps a bit with Casting Gag, since she also voiced other roles when she has to fight to the death in a deadly contest, sometimes against the people she loves, more especifically Oboro, Ricotta Elmar and Nanami Takatsuki. Peeta Mellak is Nozomu Itoshiki and Tieria Erde, Primrose is Shana, Gale Hawthorne is Graham Aker and Hazama/Yuuki Terumi, Cinna is Zangief and Haymitch Abernathy is Spike Spiegel. Rue is voiced by Erika Ikuta from the teen Idol band Nogizaka46 and Seneca by Japanese artist Hidetomo "Bakarythm" Masuno, but only in the theatrical release. In the home video versions, Rue is voiced by Miyuki Sato and Seneca by Satoshi Taki instead. In the sequel, Johanna Mason is Mana Aida/Cure Heart.
The Other Darrin: In the Japanese dub, possibly 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.
Let's Read: A highly critical one can be found here (and is continued here and here).
Relationship Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Hiroshi Kamiya (Peeta), Yuuichi Nakamura (Gale) and Rie Kugimiya (Prim) worked together before as Tieria Erde, Graham Aker and Nena Trinity respectively.
She Also Did: Would you believe Suzanne Collins worked on The Little Bear cartoon?