March 13th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

'Hunger Games' stars: Team Haymitch, all the way

“Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth says he's ready to take on the paparazzi and rabid fandom that'll come with the anticipated adaptation, thanks to some advice from girlfriend Miley Cyrus.

"Keep your head screwed on straight - I think that's the best advice she's given me,” Hemsworth told CNN Monday at the Los Angeles premiere. “It's very surreal and I'm constantly pinching myself. I just feel like I'm on this crazy ride at the moment. I feel very fortunate to be where I am."

The sage words could not have come at a better time.

Hundreds of screaming, sign-waving “Hunger Games” devotees crowded the red carpet to cheer on Hemsworth and co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, who said he’d never met more passionate fans.

"It's extremely mind-blowing,” Hutcherson said at the star-studded premiere, also attended by Stanley Tucci, director Gary Ross, Michael Chiklis, Miranda Lambert, Donald Sutherland and Sylvester Stallone. “I've never seen people so passionate about anything in my life. To kind of see them firsthand and have it [be] something that I'm involved with is incredible."

For her part, Jennifer Lawrence claimed that even in real life, she simply could not make the call about which team she’d rather be on: Hutcherson’s “Team Peeta” or Hemsworth’s “Team Gale.”

"Neither,” she joked, referring to the film’s characters. “Nah, I'm kidding. You can't choose. I'm in the same pickle as her.”

Hemsworth, however, took a side.

"I'm Team Haymitch. I'm a big fan of Woody Harrelson and a big fan of that character,” Hemsworth explained. “So I'm on that team. I'm trying to make that team bigger. Start it up."

Hutcherson agreed.

"It is tough, [but] for me, though, I think I'm Team Haymitch," he said. "I'm a big Woody Harrelson fan. I think he kills it in the movie. That's the team I'm on for sure."

No matter which side fans take, “Hunger Games” - when it opens nationwide on March 23 - is on target to become a box-office-shattering success, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Initial forecasts indicate the Lionsgate vehicle could potentially score one of the top debuts of all time at the domestic box office - even bigger than "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," which debuted to $138.1 million in November.

While we wait for "Hunger Games" to finally arrive next week, here's a look at a new clip:


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  2. Mark

    Overhyped garbage. I guess the Hollywood machine needs feeding though. Here come 10 sequels.

    March 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 27, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. rp421

    Everyone is so strong in this movie-great casting!!

    March 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tall Woman

    I've read the book and it's great! So far the trailers play like the book! :O yayyyy

    March 19, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Black Backpack

    Awhhh yeahhh HUNGER GAMES YOU GUYS!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. John Connor

    I'm John Connor...I have been fighting terminators to help save humanity..My mother taught me everything I needed to know...Save the Cheerleader...Save the world....DOH!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Black Leather Couch

    Get currant dummy.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
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    March 14, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • vhiona

      Your March experience sonuds very much like the one that my 10 year old daughter and I had. The march was excellent and lots of fun, the speeches in Hyde Park were great and then, as we walked back to Euston, we came across a bit of bother in Oxford street but not enough to upset a 10 year old! Pity the media have made it sound like a mass riot!!

      April 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Fore-skin

    Once again, I am one of the biggest flamin fairies on this blog! I been pumpin dem gayboyz for years. I was always into fudge packin and schlobin da knob. I gonna grease up your pole and play that role - of da buttt pirate!! I would make a good Johnny Depp. Buttt Pirates of the Castrobbean!! See ya

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  11. Richard Fore

    If they are so hungrey then they can come lick my balls.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fore-skin

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      March 14, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. am_badass_a_dor

    Who cares who cares who cares? Its a freakin movie!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Grey Cat

    Woody Harrelson will not be taking questions unless they regard his new movie, Rampart.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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    i'm still charlie's wh ore. just call me peace

    March 14, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
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      March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. spoiler alert

    And finnick gets decapitated by mutts and thats all for now

    March 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  17. whitkneeluvva

    my name is bluchair

    March 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. spoiler alert

    Prim gets exploded and dies

    March 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Big Dick In A Pu55y

    I'm spying on my neighbor.

    March 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big D*ck be fruity

      i been spyin on my neighbor for hours. He is my dreamboat! I wack my 3 incher while iwatch him get out of the shower. I don't know why he leaves the blinds up....maybe he knows I am spyin. When I see that chubby frame and his big ol belly, I get all hot and bothered! I just wanna polish his tool and get a taste of that salty spoo!!

      March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  20. blue balls

    Hey Mary 😉 wanna meet up?

    March 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mary Hairy 2

    Hiya Graybag! Hey Grey stairs! Mr Hanky waddup! Im having a fantabulous day and wish you guys the same 🙂

    March 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. To all the posters above

    I don't know what you folks had for lunch, but that was funny as heII! Thanks for the laughs!

    March 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Graybag

    I am known as Graybag!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Old Lady

    I've never read Harry Potter I only saw the first movie I thought it was okay,I didn't read any of the Twilight Books and I only one of those films and i've only seen New Moon it was cool,I love werewolves I didn't see the latest one.I've just finished Hunger Games and i'm just starting Catching Fire OMG I love these stories I can hardly wait for the movie.BTW Old Lady Is my Native American name lol.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Quinix469

    I don't really care. I have read the book.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    I'm pathetic.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. lol

    Don't like this game! I'm a black

    March 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mary Hairy

    Wow! I'm a white stool!! Cool!!

    March 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Gray Stairs

    The ultra secret way to discover your Super Hero or Native American name is to 1) take your shirt's color, then 2) add it to the first thing you see on your right. Right now I am gray cardboard box. Pretty cool, huh?

    March 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mr hanky

    In case ur want to know, my tuesday is a bit corny.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. mr hanky

    I am mr hanky.A long and stinky turd. Third to post.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Gray Stairs

    Hi Mary. Happy Tuesday : ) Are you having a happy day ? Mine is going pretty good. C-ya : )

    March 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mary Hairy

    I am Mary Hairy. Strong and Hairy. Second to post.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Gray Stairs

    I am Gray Stairs. Powerful and Brave. First to post.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      About as big an accomplishment as first to make it to class in the morning. Congratulations. Way to aim high - you're going places, kid.

      March 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |

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