Josh Hutcherson has insisted that he is “so right” for the role of Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games.
The actor scooped a lead part in the on-screen version of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian trilogy earlier this year alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.
In an interview with MTV News, Hutcherson confessed that he was immediately taken with Peeta and resonated with the type of person he is.
“It’s so crazy. When I read the books, I had never read a character that was more like who I am as a person and had kind of my core values and what I believe in. So it kind of drove me crazy in a way, because I felt like I was so right for it, then I had to go through this crazy audition process,” Hutcherson explained.
“So to finally be making the movie and now we’re finished, it’s like, somebody please pinch me, because I still don’t believe this is actually happening. For me, it’s just an honor to be a part of such a great story. Gary Ross is such an amazing director, and Jennifer Lawrence is perfect, and everyone else we cast was really great.”
Hutcherson also recalled his multiple auditions for the role, which left him in anticipation as he waited to hear from casting directors as to whether he had been chosen.
“As an actor, you just pick apart every single thing that you do, so for me, I was on pins and needles waiting to find out. And then when I finally found out, my jaw hit the floor. I was so excited,” he said.
The Hunger Games‘ trailer will premiere on Monday, November 14 on Good Morning America, with Hutcherson on hand to present the clip.