The Wrap caught up with Josh Hutcherson while he was promoting the new short film The Rusted starring himself and Jena Malone. The actor talked about his role, working with Ron Howard, working with James Franco in the upcoming films, The Long Home and In Dubious Battle, the possibility of future franchise films (he’d love to be in Star Wars), future projects and his hope to direct a cerebral thriller. Of course the impending end of The Hunger Games was also touched upon:
You have a lot of other projects coming up. “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” for example, which marks the end of an era. How do you feel about that?
It feels good, I mean, it’s sad that it’s coming to an end. I loved these movies and clearly I work with a bunch of assholes, we love each other so much. But it’s time. It’s nice to have my freedom again to take on any new projects I want. Every year, we were committed to making a movie and three plus weeks of press in the fall. So for four years, I couldn’t work on a project in the fall time or when we were filming.
What about your blip on “Conan” where you accidentally said there might be another “Hunger Games?”
Yeah, I’m just trying to stir up stuff. I’m proud of that moment.
You went from playing the same character for four years to playing three different ones within a year. How was that transition for you?
It is strange to be changing characters when I haven’t been for so long. It’s exciting, but that’s what I want to do. You have to make sure you are not doing the same thing over and over again like I was doing with the “Hunger Games.” It’s really refreshing that I get to go on the set and play a different character each time as opposed to the past four years of being the same guy.
Do you follow the election? If so, who would win the “Hunger Games?”
I think Jim Webb, I think he would win because he is ex-military, he’s a Vietnam vet, a kicking ass machine. Although I think Bernie Sanders would find a way to end it all. Sanders’ weapon of choice would be a megaphone because he can do the most damage with that, that’s what he is so smart about. And Jim Webb would just want an assault rifle. He’s an ex-Marine, maybe just his bare hands! I don’t know. But he needs a weapon.