Just as the big on-set news to come out of last year’s The Hunger Games was all the young tributes becoming BFFs off-camera, it’s becoming clear that the big development from Catching Fire is the bromance between Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin.
It all started three months ago when Sam got cast as Finnick Odair and Tumblr had a collective seizure/orgasm over the scene where (spoiler?) Finnick gives Peeta Mellark mouth-to-mouth after his heart stops. I know that I kind of pitched a fit back then because I thought it was lame that fandom was obsessing over that non-sexual moment… but now that I’ve read the quotes from Josh and seen these on-set photos, let me apologize to my fellow Hunger Games fans. Because the evidence is all there.
Even though the whole Catching Fire cast is shooting in Hawaii, it’s no surprise that we’re getting a lot of photos of Josh, Sam, and Jennifer Lawrence. Judging from these pics, I’d say this is after the tributes have jumped off their pedestals and swum to the Cornucopia to pick up their weapons, then made it to shore. Finnick, Peeta, and Katniss Everdeen are strategizing.
Or at least, they’re supposed to be. Josh seems to have other ideas.
Look at him chatting with his new buddy Sam! “He’s just one of those guys who’s always down to have fun and is genuinely like a good person,” he recently told MTV News. “We have a very similar sense of humor.” They seem to be getting together swimmingly (pun totally intended), but then Josh gets all shy.
It’s the classic move: Look down, the other person looks at you, then they look away when you look back. Too cute. I’m assuming that these photos are of the actors during downtime. Because as I remember Catching Fire the book, Katniss and Peeta aren’t so trusting of Finnick this early on in the story. It’s not until Peeta hits the forcefield and Finnick revives him that they realize that maybe he doesn’t want to impale them on his trident. So, I’m guessing these shots are between takes.
But what about Jen? Is she feeling like a third wheel to the Josh/Sam lovefest?
Of course I’m kidding, because Jennifer Lawrence is the most down-to-earth actress I know of. Sure, she’s joked that the two of them are “annoying,” but you know it’s in that affectionate way when you can’t get enough of how cute two folks are together (platonically or otherwise) and you just have to tease them for being attached at the hip. “It’s the most adorable thing I have ever seen in my entire life,” she recently said.
Whereas another young woman would be frowning over her hot co-stars paying more attention to each other than her, here Jen seems instead to be daydreaming. Maybe about what Peeta/Finnick GIFs will show up on Tumblr, or wondering if she should start up a womance/girl crush situation with Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason. After all, the first scene between them features a naked Johanna.
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