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Josh Hutcherson as Peeta in The Hunger Games Picture

First Look: Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale in The Hunger Games!

Jennifer Lawrence made her Hunger Games debut months ago, but now it's time for her leading men to take the spotlight. Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson take this week's EW cover as their onscreen counterparts, Gale and Peeta.

Hemsworth seems to have Gale's signature smolder down cold, while Hutcherson is definitely looking beefier and blonder than the kid in The Kids Are All Right. In the article, Hutcherson jokes about playing opposite Lawrence and how he and Hemsworth are nowhere near being rivals off screen. Here are highlights:

  • On the misconception about his height: "Jennifer’s not two feet taller than me! If anything, maybe she’s a half inch taller."
  • On his friendship with Hemsworth: "I think it’s going to blow people’s minds when they see that Peeta and Gale are actually best friends in real life."

Now it's time to weigh in: do the guys live up to how you pictured them in the books? To get an even better look, just



i-am-awesome1812 i-am-awesome1812 6 years
OMG!! josh is sooooooooo hot and always will be!! and i think hes perfect to be petta!!!
Daerci Daerci 6 years
Neither of them look ANYTHING like I pictured them, but then I'm not happy with ANY of the actors chosen to do Hunger Games. I LOVE the books but honestly after Lenny was given the role of Cinna I decided this movie wasn't going to be worth seeing.
hungergameslover hungergameslover 6 years
I think Liam Hemsworth looks OKAY for the part of Gale. But Josh Hutcherson? He would have been fine too if he didn't get all beefed up. Now he looks too old for the part AND he looks like a dick head. Peeta is supposed to be (in my opinion) more "gentle." He doesn't look very gentle. He looks like a heavy 40 yr old drinker :P
bee15 bee15 6 years
more on hunger games here! so excited for movie
wyntergraham wyntergraham 6 years
i love peeta
wyntergraham wyntergraham 6 years
do you guys agree with that
wyntergraham wyntergraham 6 years
im going to murder you all i love josh (peeta) though i agree he should be blonder and im not much for liam (gale) but i love them both
Asfandancer Asfandancer 6 years
Just what Hollywood needs, yet more body obsessed, sudo-tough guy, scowling clones. There are maybe a handfull of unique actors in the business and these two are certainly not that.
bee15 bee15 6 years
obsessed with reading hunger games right now- so excited for this movie!!
FeeZiLLa FeeZiLLa 6 years
I can see Josh as Peeta after watching his interview. He is really charming and has that Peetaish. But Liam as Gale, I don't know but I will reserve my judgement until the movie come out then .
awesomepants awesomepants 6 years
wow everyone hates Josh as Peeta. I think he's perfect. Watch Josh in the Kids Are Alright and he'll change your mind.
Mellark4sure Mellark4sure 6 years
I think Liam fits the part perfectly! Josh not so much. P.S. i have a group about the hunger games that is just getting started. Here is the link. :)
DCBaxter DCBaxter 6 years
I don't know why, but I've always pictured Michael Rady (Costas from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; he was also on the show Greek) as Peeta. I must have skipped over the blond hair reference the first time I read it. That said, I think Josh Hutcherson looks HOT!
Bri4everRob Bri4everRob 6 years
Im glad im not the only one who thinks Josh is completely wrong for Peeta. I am in love with the Peeta in my mind, but i am not in love at all with the Peeta in the movie. Peeta should have blonde hair, not dirty blonde hair, and should no be that tough looking, and he should be way hotter. Thats my opinion
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
Wow, Liam Hemsworth looks so different here - he's still crazy hot; in fact, I think I kind of prefer him as a brunette. I'm still not on board with Josh Hutcherson, though. I love Peeta in the books, and this is not what I imagined (not blonde or hot enough). I can't wait for the movie, though...
Katie-Henry Katie-Henry 6 years
Clearly i skipped a few key details cause I always envisioned Peeta with dark hair and Gale as a hot blond (like in real life.)
likethedirection likethedirection 6 years
So excited! I don't really care what they look like as long as they're relatively close. I just hope they can ACT like Peeta and Gale and I think they can.
Shannon-Vestal Shannon-Vestal 6 years
I think they look great! I'm into it.
Right... i agree... that is not how i envisioned the duo being AT ALL
awesomepants awesomepants 6 years
^The real problem is that Peeta looks hotter than Gale.
Peeta looks more beefed up than Gale ... PROBLEMATIC
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