Josh Hutcherson on fame, his gay uncles’ legacy, and how the best thing for his ‘Hunger Games’ character might be a threesome
We’ve barely started lunch, and I’m nowhere near my usual open-ended sexuality question, when Josh Hutcherson offers this: “I would probably list myself as mostly straight.”
That “mostly” is what makes Hutcherson winningly uninhibited, but also typical of his generation. New research published in The New York Times in 2010 shows that an increasing number of guys his age identify as “mostly straight,” and Hutcherson’s ease in embracing ambiguity over neat and secure boxes speaks to his self-assurance.
“Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight,” he says. “But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.”
Hutcherson grew up in Union, Ky., a small town close to the Ohio border, and his slouchy, chill California vibe is still tinged with a soft Southern accent. Everything he says sounds easygoing. “I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know?” he says. “I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.”
Hutcherson is not exactly an average 21-year-old. He’s one of the stars of the blockbuster Hunger Games films, he’s rich and famous, and he’s self-aware enough to grasp how good he’s got it. Yet his take on sexuality reflects a healthy skepticism of labels that’s helping shift American public opinion on LGBT equality.
According to Cornell University psychology professor Ritch Savin-Williams, whose work was the basis of that New York Times op-ed, many “mostly straight” young men see the fight for LGBT equality as the defining civil rights movement of their time, just as Hutcherson does. But they’re neither just allies nor passing through before coming out as gay or bi. “These are the Kinsey 1s,” Savin-Williams says, meaning they fall just to the queer side of totally heterosexual on the famous sliding scale of sexuality. “Their primary object of desire is women. They’re not giving that up—they’re just adding to it.”
Hutcherson seems delighted by the complicated nature of human sexuality, but he doesn’t take sex too seriously—“Sometimes the rhythm isn’t right or you’re trying to make a new position work and it really doesn’t, and you have to laugh”—and isn’t allergic to oversharing. Of nude photos it’s rumored he posted to a dating site, he shrugs off any comment except to say, “I find it so shocking still that nakedness is so shocking.”
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In this week’s cover story, EW goes deep — deep into a Hawaiian jungle, that is, for an exclusive visit to the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The highly anticipated sequel, in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) pays dearly for sparking unrest in Panem, doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 22. But we’ve got all kinds of reporting to whet your appetite. Plus, Katniss, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and Finnick (newcomer to the franchise Sam Claflin) all get their own collectible covers.
After a special report from the sweltering set in Hawaii, we head to Santa Monica, where EW reconvened the stars — along with new director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson — for a rollicking conversation about the new movie. Among the subjects? Everything from the decision to “man up” Peeta’s character for the movie to Lawrence’s spectacular fall in Katniss’ wedding dress while the cameras were rolling. The filmmakers also talk about creating new scenes for Plutarch Heavensbee (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), and actress Jena Malone talks about the thrill of playing the ax-wielding tribute Johanna Mason. Despite the easy camaraderie of the crew, everyone took seriously their mission to respect the pained heart of author Suzanne Collins’ sequel. “In every scene we asked ourselves, ‘How would these people feel if they came back to the Hunger Games,’” says Jacobson. “What happens when you come back from these experiences of war, not what happens in a movie when you’ve kicked a lot of ass?”
Jennifer Lawrence will appear in “Dumb and Dumber To” starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The Hollywood Reporter reveals the “Silver Linings Playbook” is filming a secret cameo as the young version of Kathleen Turner’s character.
Lawrence reportedly has visited the set in Atlanta, Georgia. She happened to be nearby filming the last two installments of “The Hunger Games” series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2“, back to back.
The Oscar-winning actress made no secret of her love for the cult comedy. The “Winter’s Bone” star shared on a recent “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” appearance, “I know every word to ‘Dumb and Dumber’, ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘Anchorman‘.”
Aside from getting an extra boost from Lawrence, the upcoming sequel also adds Rob Riggle to the pack. The “21 Jump Street” actor gets a double part of playing twins, a handyman named Travis and his unstable brother Captain Lippencott.
In the next movie, Carrey and Daniels are back as dimwitted duo Lloyd and Harry. They set out on another adventure after receiving a letter from their former flame (Turner) saying that one of them is the father of her child, and that the kid needs a kidney transplant.
Following a preview of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” album by way of Coldplay‘s “Atlas” contribution earlier this month, the movie soundtrack’s complete track list was released on Thursday, September 26. The compilation boasts tracks from such artists as Christina Aguilera, Patti Smith, The Lumineers, and Imagine Dragons.
Among the female acts, “The Voice” coach Aguilera belts “We Remain”, Godmother of Punk Smith rocks “Capital Letter”, while British pop star Ellie Goulding sings “Mirror” for the soundtrack. Over to the male artists, Canadian recording artist The Weeknd drops two contributions, a solo with “Devil May Cry” and a feature with Diplo for Sia Furler‘s “Elastic Heart”.
As for the bands joining the album, other than Coldplay, there’s The National with “Lean”, Imagine Dragons with “Who We Are”, and The Lumineers with “Gale Song”. Completing the fifteen track line-up are Of Monsters and Men with “Silhouettes”, Lorde with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, Santigold with “Shooting Arrows at the Sky”, Mikky Ekko with “Place for Us”, Phantogram with “Lights”, and Antony and the Johnsons with “Angel on Fire”.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the second installment in “The Hunger Games” science fiction adventure film series based on Suzanne Collins’ novels. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the movie hits theatres on November 22 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack list:
- “Atlas” – Coldplay
- “Silhouettes” – Of Monsters and Men
- “Elastic Heart” – Sia Furler (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo)
- “Lean” – The National
- “We Remain” – Christina Aguilera
- “Devil May Cry” – The Weeknd
- “Who We Are” – Imagine Dragons
- “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Lorde
- “Gale Song” – The Lumineers
- “Mirror” – Ellie Goulding
- “Capital Letter” – Patti Smith
- “Shooting Arrows at the Sky” – Santigold
- “Place for Us” – Mikky Ekko
- “Lights” – Phantogram
- “Angel on Fire” – Antony and the Johnsons
The Hunger Games actress is set to appear in East Of Eden and Burial Rites.
Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in two literary adaptations – John Steinbeck’s seminal 1952 novel East Of Eden and Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, both of which will be directed by Gary Ross, an individual familiar with the Hunger Games star’s plans has told TheWrap.
East Of Eden is set up at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment now that the studio and producer Brian Grazer have finalised a deal with Steinbeck’s estate. Ross is a big fan of the novel, and while he has flirted with the ambitious idea of telling Steinbeck’s epic story over the course of two films, a studio insider tells TheWrap that the adaptation is currently planned as one movie.
Elia Kazan directed a 1955 adaptation that starred James Dean and Richard Davalos as brothers who compete for the attention of their father.
The project will be developed for Lawrence, who would play the boys’ mother, though audiences may fear that the 23-year-old Oscar winner is too young for the role of Cathy Ames.
As for Burial Rites, Lawrence would play a woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829, back when men scoffed at the notion of women committing violent crimes. CAA and producer Allison Shearmur will begin shopping the project to studios next week. Of course, both of these movies will spend years in development, as Ross is currently focused on casting Disney’s Peter And The Starcatcher.
It remains unclear whether Ross will use a previously adapted screenplay by Paul Attanasio for East Of Eden, or whether he’ll hire a new writer. He could also choose to rewrite the script himself.
Meanwhile, Lawrence is plenty busy of herself, with two more Hunger Games sequels on her schedule. She’s also attached to star in Chris Terrio’s script The Ends Of The Earth, the Jeanette Walls memoir The Glass Castle and Susanne Bier’s FilmNation drama The Rules Of Inheritance.
Source: The Star