Hunger Games food designer Jack White styled the alien hor d’oeuvres and glistening pig for the pivotal scene where Katniss proves herself to the gamemakers, the Tennessean reveals.
The story you might not know about that pig is it was cooked in Big Bertha, a smoker that made the trek from Pulaski, Tenn., to North Carolina, where the wildly popular film about a post-apocalyptic world was filmed. In fact, every morsel of food in the movie — and there’s a lot of it, from fancy flying fish to loaves of bread — was prepared by food stylist and Tennessee native Jack White.
White — a star of a different sort than Nashville rocker Jack White — has styled food for more than 75 films. He refilled Chinese takeout for the likes of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon during a scene in Ocean’s Thirteen. He washed dishes and prepped plates with famed chef Thomas Keller, a consultant on the set of Spanglish. And White horsed around on the set of Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr. over the ugliest omelet he could bring himself to make.
Unfortunately White’s bread props for another scene didn’t quite make it in the completed film:
When White attended the premiere of The Hunger Games in Los Angeles this month, he learned that the 75 rolls he baked and branded with a blowtorch and iron from an L.A. prop house ended up on the editing room floor.
“The whole thing got cut out,” he said.
Wes Bentley lays on the sarcasm in this video shout-out to his favorite facial hair.
Sounds like someone’s a little jealous! But I guess when you’re upstaged by your own beard, feelings of bitterness are to be expected.
[Source: Seneca Crane's Beard's Facebook Page]
Two new official high-res Hunger Games pics were released today from Lionsgate: Seneca Crane with President Snow in his rose garden and Haymitch giving advice to Katniss. Click through to see the full versions.
- “I think they’re fantastic novels. She’s a great writer, very poetic at times, and I love that. What struck me first was that it was politically sophisticated, a level at which you don’t see in adult novels. I also found it very exciting, and I found the character of Katniss to be so intriguing and so inspiring and very clever. I love to see that in a book.”
- “Gary created a great version of the character from the script, and I had a lot of fun with it, we had a blast.”
If he could play any character besides Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, it would be…wait for it…Katniss!
Bentley said if he could play any other role in the film, it would be Katniss, because she is such a strong character. He also deftly avoided the Team Peeta or Team Gale question by emphasizing the fact that the story is about survival, not romance.“I don’t even think it plays like that,” he said. “[Katniss] is a strong individual character who is having to do something much bigger. It’s about survival.”
Today, the entire world mourns. Children cry. Puppies whimper. Flags are flown at half-mast. For you see, Wes Bentley recently sat down with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz for an interview…
And he was utterly clean-shaven.
“I would have loved to have kept that beard,” Bentley admits, “but that beard took two hours to groom every day, and I don’t want to spend that much time in the bathroom.”
Despite the fact that he caused sorrow for millions just to save a few minutes of primping, Wes Bentley is, in fact, aware of just how legendary his beard is…I mean was. When Horowitz brought up MTV’s interview with the charismatic Bearderson McBeard, Wes said he had read it and that he “had no idea my beard was so clever!”
Wes had even more praise for the illustrious facial hair, declaring that “it’s such a cool look, and Ve Neill, the makeup designer, did such an amazing job. It’s exciting that it’s getting that kind of attention.”
Curious about how the magnificent creature that is Seneca Crane’s beard came to be in existence? Wes talked Horowitz through the process.
“I usually come to set with a beard, and my hair as long as I can get it—so there are options,” he explained. “I saw Ve before we started shooting, and she was excited to see that I had a beard because she had something special in mind. She worked at it for three hours trying to find the right shape, and she got it.”
She did, indeed. –sniffle-
Let’s have a moment of silence for Seneca Crane’s beard, HG fans. He’s gone on to bigger and better things.
Wes Bentley (aka Seneca Crane)and Alexander Ludwig (aka Cato) are in the newest edition of VMAN Magazine which hit shelves today!
JustJaredJr has an excerpt from Alexander’s interview, giving details as to what Alexander did to prepare for the filing of the Hunger Games -
“For The Hunger Games, I needed to get jacked, so I ate like a caveman and lighted heavy weights almost every day,” Alexander shared. “To gain muscle, dieting is just as important as the actual working out, if not more so. I also wanted to keep an eight-pack so I had to bike a lot and do a ridiculous amount of sit-ups.”
Check out these awesome new ads from The Capitol!
The ads are for Senenca Crane’s Cutting Edge beard and moustache trimmer, Cinna’s gold eye makeup called Liquid Eyeliner and Caesar Flickerman’s dazzling Smile Away toothpaste.
That’s right. Bearderson McBeard has become a national sensation practically overnight. Already this amazing facial hair has a Facebook page, merchandise (I particularly like the “Occupy Face” t-shirt), appearances in “Hunger Games” spoofs, desperate fans attempting (emphasis on attempting) to replicate its magnificence, and an interview with MTV’s Hollywood Crush writer Kat Rosenfield…
Hollywood Crush: Thanks for joining us, Mr. McBeard.
B McB: Please, my father is Mr. Beard. Call me Beardie.
Okay then, Beardie it is. So tell us, Beardie, what sort of roles have you played before now? And how did you land such a pivotal part in one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2012?
I’ve done a few small films before, mostly playing evil beards—I get called to audition pretty much any time they’re casting a beard for, say, the Devil. But I’ll tell you, when it came to “The Hunger Games,” I didn’t think I had a chance. They had an open call for unusual facial hair, and I was in the audition room between a Salvador Dali mustache, a Fu Manchu goatee and this just, like, epic neckbeard. It was really intimidating. But after I read for the part, it was like the whole vibe in the room changed. I had this amazing feeling that I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
So when you say that you read for the part…
Oh, right. I mean, I didn’t actually have to read, you know. I’m a beard. I just attached myself to Wes Bentley’s face while he read the part and tried to hold it together.
This beard is a stud. ‘Nuff said. I can’t wait to get a closer look on March 23rd!
What do you guys think of this man-tastic facial hair? (Also, Seneca Crane’s beard vs. Chuck Norris’ goatee…who would win?)
New pictures of Hunger Games movie cast member Wes Bentey (aka Seneca Crane) at the Cinema Society and Grey Goose screening of There Be Dragons after party on May 5 at the Soho Grand Hotel!
Oh Seneca .. you are fine!