During the “Hunger Games” Movie mall tour and at last night’s black carpet (loved that!) premiere, we had the opportunity to learn more about the minor characters of the “Hunger Games” movie, mainly Tributes like Jack Quaid, who plays Marvel in the film. Here’s what he had to say about his experience being on set of one of the biggest movie franchises ever:
“I’ve been on sets my whole life,” Quaid told Interview Magazine. “But this is the first time in front of the camera and not in a chair with Sour Patch Kids from the craft services truck. It was a new sensation. It was weird . . . I really liked it.” Quaid is currently studying Theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He had previously appeared in short films that can be seen on Funny or Die, but “The Hunger Games” is his first professional experience.
In the film, Quaid plays Marvel, one of the 24 “Tributes” chosen to compete in the televised games where teenagers are forced to battle to the death. Quaid said about his character, “I wouldn’t say he’s the sharpest tool in the shed, but he is ecstatic to be there and he just goes for it.”
The character of Marvel is one of the “Career Tributes” who have been preparing since childhood to compete in the Games (unlike Katniss, who volunteers to keep her younger sister from being chosen). This required Quaid to show his bloodthirsty side at his audition. He told People Magazine that part of his casting session involved choosing a fake weapon to wield: “It was between a Nerf crossbow, an Airsoft gun and a plastic knife. I chose the knife.”
Quaid said shooting the movie was “brutal at times.” He recalled, “We had torrential downpours, flooding, scorching heat and then a bear would wander onto the set. But it was an amazing bonding experience. We definitely all had a great story to tell about what we did on our summer vacation.” He said in Interview that he was also warned that he might have to face the backlash from fans because of his character’s dastardly acts: “When I got cast, I was told that people would be spitting on me in the streets.”
Come on, Jack. We’re not THAT barbaric.
Anyway, he was incredibly lucky to land the “Hunger Games” as his first movie! I’m curious as to whether we might be seeing more from the Tributes in the film. From what we’ve heard, several of them created their own backstories for their characters.
[Source: Yahoo! Movies]
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