20 Little Known Facts About The Hunger Games.

Wanna see what I got you today? It's a mockingjay pin, to protect you. And as long as you have it, nothing bad will happen to you, okay? I promise.

-Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games

Facts from IMDB

1/20. Elizabeth Banks had to spend 45 minutes every day having manicures done on her fingers.

2/20. Since Jennifer Lawrence is friends with Lenny Kravitz's daughter, Zo Kravitz, she couldn't get herself to use his first name. Instead, she called him 'Mr Kravitz' from the first day on. Kravitz quickly found out that the rest of the cast and crew also started to call him 'Mr Kravitz'.

3/20. While horsing around on the set, Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked Josh Hutcherson in the head, knocking him out and resulting in a concussion.

4/20. During a New York Magazine interview, Wes Bentley said that the extremely unusual beard he wore as Seneca was styled from his own real beard, not created from applied pieces or extra hair. Bentley said that while he was in North Carolina filming the movie, he would often go to the local Target (a national department store chain) to buy things like baby formula while still sporting the "Seneca beard."

5/20. Donald Sutherland saw the script by accident and, when he read it, lobbied for the role of President Snow because the script reminded him of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory(1957). He succeeded in getting the role after he wrote a letter of plea to Gary Rossexplaining why he should be cast.

6/20. Gary Ross wanted to make this movie after noticing his twin children were fans of the books. However, he was unaware that producer Nina Jacobson had already secured the rights. Suzanne Collins' novels were discovered by co-producer Bryan Unkeless, who then recommended them to Jacobson.

7/20. When she was in training, Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface) gave herself a black eye. Since she was not allowed to tell anyone about her role, she had to lie to people about how she got the injury.

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8/20. The first movie is the only one of the Hunger Games franchise to be directed by Gary Ross. All the sequels are directed by Francis Lawrence.

9/20. Abigail Breslin auditioned for the role of Katniss Everdeen.

10/20. The design for the Cornucopia was inspired by the work of architect Frank Gehry.

11/20. It is implied in the film that Cato and Glimmer are in a somewhat romantic relationship. In the books however, it is implied that Cato and Clove have a somewhat romantic relationship.

12/20. Jennifer Lawrence was paid what was, for her, the high fee of $500,000. It took her three days before she accepted the role because she was unsure how the role would clearly affect her career, since her background was largely on the indie film circuit. For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), she was paid $10 million, 20 times more than the initial offer.

13/20. Panem is located in a post-apocalyptic North America whose land mass has been reduced by rising sea levels. It is generally agreed that the Capitol is in the Rocky Mountains, possibly Colorado, and that the District 12 town where Katniss grew up is somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, possibly Kentucky or West Virginia.

14/20. Woody Harrelson is a vegetarian in real life. In scenes where Haymitch is seen eating, he eats either dessert or vegetables, or just drinks.

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15/20. Because of how the pedestals were arranged and spaced apart in the field, there are only 20 of them at the cornucopia instead of 24.

16/20. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were both born in Kentucky, a state with rural poverty and coal mining reminiscent of District 12.

17/20. Elizabeth Banks plays a pivotal character in the story, who has become an iconic image in pop culture, yet this character's name (Effie Trinket) is never spoken in the movie.

18/20. The first name of the main character, Katniss Everdeen, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus "Sagittaria", commonly known as "arrowhead." This is a reference to the character's archery skills. Her surname is a reference to Bathsheba Everdene who is the lead female character in Thomas Hardy's novel "Far from the Madding Crowd." Suzanne Collins, who wrote the novel that The Hunger Games is based on, said "The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts."

19/20. Although it is mentioned briefly that Gale has had his name put into the drawing multiple times, it is not fully explained in the movie why someone might want to do this other than when Katniss tells Prim when she comes to say goodbye not to put her name in more because it's not worth getting enough food. Each additional time a name is entered raises the possibility that the person will be selected to compete, and probably die, in the games. In the source novel, it is explained that putting your name in an additional time garners your family an additional portion of grain and oil, so families experiencing especially terrible privation may put their children's names into the drawing more than once in exchange for that small amount of extra food.

20. There was a swear jar on the set. Gary Ross said that half of it was contributed by Jennifer Lawrence.

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