Katniss’ last name, Everdeen, is a nod to Bathsheba Everdene in Far From the Madding Crowd. Collins says that “the two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts.”
Actor Josh Hutcherson read the entire trilogy in five days to prepare for his role as Peeta.
Katniss is a real plant, not just a made-up name.
Some fans have combined the names of the protagonist, Katniss, and her main love interest, Peeta, and dubbed the couple “Peeniss.”
The Hunger Games has been translated in 51 different languages.
Emma Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld, Saoirse Ronan, Abigail Breslin and Chloe Grace Moretz also auditioned for the role of Katniss.
Collins got the idea for Katniss’ story when she was channel surfing one night and kept seeing different reality TV shows on some channels, juxtaposed with footage from the Iraq War on others. She said that “these two things began to sort of fuse together in a very unsettling way.”
Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Bella in the Twilight Saga.
After reading the trilogy, Donald Sutherland sent a three-page email to director Gary Ross about his perception of President Snow. He titled it “Letters from the Rose Garden” and said he felt the three most vital elements about Snow would be his smile, his eyes, and his roses.
There was a swear jar on set for the first film, and director Gary Ross estimated Lawrence contributed to about half the total.
While filming the scene in the elevator where Jena strips down, a production assistant accidentally pressed the wrong floor number and the doors opened on the wrong floor, giving a random stranger a nice view.
Buttercup, Prim’s cat, was recast in Catching Fire due to a huge outcry from fans that the original cat looked nothing like the cat described in the books.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee, had eight to ten days left of filming for Mockingjay when he passed away. He didn’t have any dialogue in the remaining scenes, and the character will not be re-created using CGI.
While on set, Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) tried to kick over Josh Hutcherson’s (Peeta’s) head and accidentally kicked him in the head, knocking him out and giving him a concussion.