That bunch knows how to sizzle before the camera. But did you know Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) can also air-puppetteer her own face? Or that Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) can make an insane cricket chirping noise on cue? Or that Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) can perform magic tricks for a crowd?
Just watch this throwback interview with Yahoo! UK.
The vid got us thinking about what other talents the "Hunger Games" gang have up their sleeves, so we did a little digging and found out that some members of the cast have a knack for sports, music, fine cuisine and more.
She might've made her big splash in Hollywood by portraying a sober down-but-not-out Appalachian in "Winter's Bone," but Jennifer Lawrence is known to be quite the free-flowing chatterbox. "She'll say anything," according to co-star Woody Harrelson. She was even voted "Most Talkative" in middle school.
Not just blessed with gift of gab, Lawrence is also known to play the guitar, paint, knit and sing. And while she can't whistle (director Gary Ross had to dub the four-note number for the movie) she did learn how to actually shoot a bow and arrow for "The Hunger Games." Oh, and she can also whip out a mean "Jersey Shore" impression or two and play Good Samaritanfor a stranger in need. What a gal!
As with his on-screen counterpart, Josh Hutcherson has a way with crowds. He has no trouble commanding the stage and winning over any and all within earshot. Consider his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards earlier this year, for instance.
Like Jennifer Lawrence, though, vocals aren't his only strong suit. Hutcherson can also play basketball, dirt bike, rock climb and compete in triathlons.
In addition to making hearts throb with sultry music video cameos and pulling coins from behind peoples' ears, Liam Hemsworth also claims to know his way around a kitchen. Order up for one fresh, steaming plate of hunk!
Effie Trinket might not find it impressive that Elizabeth Banks can pick things up with her toes ("Manners!") but we sure do. The limber mom is also quite the blogger and fancies trapeze as exercise. Not only that, but she could probably hold her own in a real survival situation courtesy of her earliest days in the Girl Scouts. Oh, and she totally can hang with the best in the world of fantasy football, too.
Ever heard of Manly Moondog and the Three Kool Hats? Well if you had you'd know that Woody Harrelson was the lead singer of that band years ago, and the thesp still likes to jot down a tune or two "just to do it." Woody's also known to have scaled the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in the late '90s to protest logging, all the while wearing hemp shoes.
In addition to acting, Stanley Tucci also has quite a number of writing and directing credits to his name ("Big Night", "The Impostors," "Joe Gould's Secret" and "Blind Date"), and he's something of an Italian maestro. In fact, his first solo cookbook - "The Tucci Cookbook" - hits shelves in less than a month.
For Lenny Kravitz, acting is a relatively new endeavor; It's his rockin' music which has been bringing home the bacon for decades. So, it's no secret that Kravitz has skills on the guitar, drums, piano, bass ... "all the instruments," as he once put it. But Lenny also has an eye for aesthetics (as evidenced by his truly unique wardrobe — Hello Cinna!) and began to indulge his love of architecture and design in between touring over the past few years. He has since opened up his own firm, Kravitz Design.
The Rest of the Gang
Count Isabelle Furhman, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Leven Rambin and "Catching Fire" newbies Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), Alan Ritchson (Gloss) and Mariah Howell (Seeder) among the musically-inclined tributes of the cast. Also, Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Amanda Plummer (Wiress) and Wes Bentley are known for their competitive spirits when it comes to soccer, jockeying and skateboarding respectively. Last — though certainly not least — Willow Shields spends her off-time making art trading cards.
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