May the odds — and these facts — be ever in your favor!
It’s been 10 years since The Hunger Games debuted in theaters and took the world by storm, so we’re going to celebrate with some cool facts you may or may not know about the movie franchise!
Several big-name actors auditioned for the role of Katniss Everdeen — which ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer was asked to lose weight for the role, but she refused because she didn’t want young girls to be exposed to a character who was “unobtainable and thin.”
Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig initially auditioned for the role of Peeta Mellark, which ultimately went to Josh Hutcherson.
An interest in archery dramatically increased around the world after The Hunger Games made its feature debut.
Jennifer went deaf in one ear while filming.
A “swear jar” was kept on set because the films were rated PG-13, and one cast member basically filled it up.
Sam Claflin was on a strict diet and workout regimen for four months to prepare to play Finnick Odair.
The name of the dance club the cast would hang out at after working 14-hour days is hidden in a Catching Fire scene.
Lenny Kravitz had no idea what The Hunger Games was before joining the cast, and he didn’t even have to audition.
When filming the proposal scene between Peeta and Katniss, Josh actually split his pants wide open.
Jena Malone credits the bad day she was having before her audition for why she got the role of Johanna.