Name: Josh Hutcherson
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We chat with the Cirque Du Freak star about his new film 'Red Dawn'..
So you have some great projects coming up, can you tell us a bit about them?
Yeah, for sure, I just got done shooting a big action movie called ďRed Dawn,Ē and that finished filming just before the holidays and thatíll be coming out this year just before Thanksgiving, I think and itís a remake of a 1980s movie with Patrick Swayze in it and basically the Chinese invade the U.S. and a group of teenagers kind of start fighting back and launching attacks. Itís a really cool concept. Tons of action, guns, explosions all that good stuff. So I did that and also last year, I shot a film called ďThe Kids Are All Right,Ē with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. And that just went to Sundance and got bought by Focus Features, so thatís pretty exciting and it did really well at the festival and everything like that so thatís whatís going on.
So ďRed DawnĒ is pretty much an action thriller, what it your first really big stunt filled explosion type film?
Yeah it was, Iíve done a couple of other action movies, but they werenít quite as extreme as ďRed DawnĒ was.
Awesome. So whatís your character like?
My characterís name is Robert and he kind of starts off as this sort of quieter, almost borderline tech guy, almost like a nerd, and then by the end after all the Chinese has invaded he just sort of loses it and starts like really just kicking ass. So itís pretty awesome.
So that sounds like a total transformation.
Yeah definitely; it was fun to play for sure.
Are transformations hard to play because developing a character is difficult by itself, so when a character goes under a change you have to go under a change and itís sort of complicated? Is it difficult?
It is, but itís also like one of my favorite things to do in a film, taking a character from A to B and there be a nice arc and everything. I definitely enjoy it, but it does pose a challenge of making that transition seem realistic, especially for the audience.
Definitely; and also you have to explore a lot of emotions, how in general do that? Do you have a special sort of ďbox,Ē should I say, where you keep your emotions and sort of access them?
I really think itís different for every character. And not even just sad or happy or those emotions, but I like the character to feel them at a more deep level, be a more intricate emotion than just sad. So I think for every character you just kind of find it and just really live through the character and when you do that you can feel the emotions that the character would feel.
Wow. That sounds a bit complicated.
It really just sounds like a bigger process than it is. Itís not that bad.
Oh, well Iím sure youíve had a lot of practice; youíve been doing this for quite a while. So, out of the whole movie which is your favorite scene?
Thereís a scene where the ďWolverines,Ē thatís our group of all the teenagers, weíre attacking this security checkpoint and everybody gets like penned down, like the Chinese are kind of fighting back and weíre all kind of struggling and canít get anywhere, so my character hops up and runs across a rooftop, while getting shot at and takes down a whole bunch of people. Itís really a big hero action moment.
The sort of thing everyone dreams of doing.
So did you do the stunts by yourself?
Yeah, I actually got to do almost all of them; there were just a couple that was a little close to the explosion so they had to use a stunt double, but other than that I got to fire all the guns, so all the combat stuff, training and everything.
Wait, so there real explosions?
Yeah, there were a lot of real explosions, it pretty intense actually.
Wow. I never knew that, I thought it was all sort of made on the computer.
They do some of them like that, but they do a lot of it through real live, scare the s*** out of you, explosions.
That is not something you would like to be next to.
Yeah. I loved it. I wanted to get as close as I possibly could, but of course being safe. It was like a giant fireworks show.
Are you a pyromaniac?
AÖlittle bit, yeah, pretty much. Iíd have to say yes.
Josh in a promo still from Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
ConfessionsÖ Itís all good, as long as youíre safe its alright.
So do you have any embarrassing funny moments or memories from set?
There was one time where we had AK47s, our main weapon throughout the entire film, and we had blank rounds put in, so itís the main amount of power as a bullet, but thereís no actually projectile coming out. So I have my gun, I have the magazine loaded in, with the bullets in it and everything and so weíre bout ready to go and they say ďaction.Ē I go to pull the trigger and I completely forgot to take the safety off, so the safety is still on, and Iím like ďgosh, itís broken. I canít get.Ē And theyíre like ďyou got turn the safety off buddy.Ē And itís like ďyeah, okay thanks.Ē So that was pretty embarrassing.
So acting involves a lot of rejection, how have you learned to deal with that?
For me, I wish I could say Iíve never gotten rejected, but thatís definitely a lie. Itís definitely hard, for me, I guess what Iíve always done since I was little was, just sort of let go of it pretty easily and sort of always looking forward to the next project. And I had a thinking that everything happens for a reason, so if I didnít get one project, itís because in the long run it may not have been best for me, or something like that. Itís probably just delusional, and I didnít get the part because I wasnít good enough for it or I wasnít right for it, but I donít tell myself that, so I definitely try to keep my chin up.
Youíre an optimist.
Thatís a good thing; it helps you in the future. So youíve been acting for a while now, how do you think youíve evolved as an actor?
When I was younger, if I had to do like a crying scene or a really sad scene I would just sort of like think of something sad in my life that had happen, nothing but sad thoughts and that would kind of like make me emotional and then Iíd just say the lines. But now, as I was saying earlier, I really like to get more into the character, I can show more depth and make it even more realistic, where itís just not being sad and the Iím saying lines, itís like a really deep sadness that you can clearly see why Iím sad, you can like see it in my eyes. Thatís sort of my style now, versus when I was younger.
Gosh you sound so professional. How old are you again?
So have you been getting recognized more often now that youíve been in so many projects?
It happens sometimes, if I go to the mall or something like that where there is a lot of younger people, Iíll get recognized or at like a theme park. But I look pretty different from like the movies that Iíve done that have been successful, like ďBridge to Terabithia,Ē or ďJourney to the Center of the Earth,Ē I was thirteen years old when I did those movies so I definitely look a little different now, but Iím guessing now after ďRed Dawn,Ē itíll happen a little bit more, hopefully, if itís a big success and everything. But Iím definitely going to just enjoy life as it is right now, because I have some friends right now who are, you know, pretty big actors, and they get recognized all the time and itís great, because it shows that people see their work and appreciate what they do and all that. But it definitely makes it a little bit more of a challenge to go anywhere, you know. So I can go anywhere I want right now and not really worry about that all.
Enjoy life as a normal teenager. So you sound really busy, do you ever get some time to yourself to just relax?
I do actually. In between movies I just pretty much kick it, you know. I sleep until two in the afternoon, itís quite lovely, and I just sort of veg around. Of course Iím always reading scripts and reading books, trying to figure out what the next project is going to be. But other than that I just love spending time with my family and friends and hang out with my little brother, which actually I just flew back to Kentucky, where Iím from, and I flew back here for like a week or so to see my little brother, so itís nice to go home.
Thatís nice, some quality time. Okay so donít kill me, but do people in Kentucky have a southern accent?
Oh yes, big time, pretty much everybody. Like everybody in Kentucky has a southern accent but my family is weird I guess, because none of us has any southern accent. Like my grandparents do and all that, I think like literally if you drive, because Iím in the northern part of Kentucky, kind of really close to Ohio, which is like no southern accent at all, so if you drive like twenty minutes south from where I live, you get like a really thick southern accent and you canít hardly understand what people are saying. Itís pretty funny. Where are you from?
Iím from Greece.
Oh, wicked. Are you there right now?
Yeah I am actually.
Thatís awesome wish I were in Greece.
Feel free to come whenever you want.
Iíll keep that in mind, thank you.
Josh Hutcherson at the Monsters vs. Aliens premier
You have an invitation now, but if you come you have to bring some Kentucky fried chicken.
That sounds good, and I can get some Greek food when Iím over there.
Whatís your favorite thing to do to relax?
Honestly, I love lying on my floor and listening to music; itís one of my favorite things, I light incent and candles, that kind of stuff and listen to music and just exist. Thatís what I love to do.
Wait, on your floor? You know most people would say on their bed, which is nice and soft.
Yeah Iím a floor dweller; I love lying on the floor.
Oh, gosh. Youíre an odd one. What food can you not live without?
I donít think I could live without chocolate chip cookies. Iím on this really strict diet right now, so I canít eat them, but if somebody were to like hand me a chocolate cookie and some milk, I cannot resist it.
Youíll be the happiest boy. Why are you on a diet?
I like eating really healthy, and I just got this new personal trainer and Iím doing like stunt training; like kick-boxing, and parkour free running and wire work. So Iím also doing this intense weight training with that; Iím just trying to get in really good shape, so Iím eating nothing but almond butter and chicken. Thatís pretty much all Iím eating right now.
That doesnít sound really fun. If I were you Iíd eat a cookie.
I know, itís hard, especially for me, somebody who loves food so much. To not be able to eat like cheeseburgers and all that other delicious stuff.
I understand, Iím a food person too. You can have it once in a while Iím sure.
Exactly, I donít have torture myself, I can definitely indulge occasionally.
Which song is on repeat lately?
I just recently started listening to Daft Punk a lot, and I love their song, ďTouch ItĒ and Iím really stuck on that song right now, itís definitely on repeat. But normally I listen to like Jeff Buckley, The Shins, and Coldplay sort of in that realm.
Wow. Like the only band I recognized from that was Coldplay. So teen actors in Hollywood seem to be going wild and getting a bad name, how do you deal with all the drama and the teen actor stereotypes?
A lot of my friends are sort of in that Hollywood scene and Iíve just never been a really big fan of it, and I think itís because Iím from Kentucky. That may have helped some, it just never really seemed too appealing, that whole drug lifestyle or whatever you want to call it, partying lifestyle. Especially being seventeen, I know some people that are my age and even younger, who have drug and drinking problems and Iím like wait a second, how do you get that problem itís not even real, I donít understand how that develops. Itís like I have my whole life ahead of me, especially drinking and stuff like that, Iím going to be 21, Iím not seeing a rush to get there. So I just think people sometimes just want to grow up too fast and they want to be something theyíre not and you just need to enjoy what you have while you have it.
Very wise words, youíre on a role today. Describe your perfect day.
Iíll wake up at eleven and Iíll be at a mountain resort and Iíll get up with my friend Ralphie, heís also my stunt double and we will go up on the mountain and go snowboarding all day and then come back, get massages and lie on the floor and listen to music with candles. But not in a romantic way because that sounded kind of weird with a dude, maybe throw a girl in there somewhere and then weíd have a good day.
So youíre a snowboarder?
I love to snowboard.
Better than skiing?
Whoís your celebrity crush?
I think Zoe Saldana is really pretty. I like her a lot, she was in ďAvatar,Ē but she was also in ďStar Trek.Ē She was awesome in that, and also I like Eva Mendes a lot. Thatís my type, like, kind of exotic, thatís where I live in that realm of women.
Not southern girls then?
Southern girls are great, donít get me wrong, but growing up around them, itís nice to see something different.
How can your fans contact you? Do you have a twitter, MySpace, facebook?
Yeah, I actually just started twittering again, Iíve had it for like eight months, and in the past eight months, Iíve like twittered twice. But within the last couple of weeks, Iíve been like twittering every day, so thatís definitely a good way to contact. And I also have joshhutcherson which is like