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While horsing around on the set, Jennifer Lawrence accidentally kicked Josh Hutcherson in the head, knocking him out and resulting in a concussion.
Jennifer Lawrence was paid what was, for her, the high fee of $500,000. It took her three days before she accepted the role because she was unsure how the role would clearly affect her career, since her background was largely on the indie film circuit. For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), she was paid $10 million, 20 times more than the initial offer.
Since Jennifer Lawrence is friends with Lenny Kravitz's daughter, Zoë Kravitz, she couldn't get herself to use his first name. Instead, she called him 'Mr Kravitz' from the first day on. Kravitz quickly found out that the rest of the cast and crew also started to call him 'Mr Kravitz'.
Lenny Kravitz was cast for the role of Cinna without audition after director Gary Ross was impressed by his brief performance in Precious (2009). Because most of Cinna's scenes are with Katniss, Kravitz learned as much as he could about Jennifer Lawrence through his daughter Zoë Kravitz, who appeared with Lawrence in X-Men: First Class (2011).
Panem is located in a post-apocalyptic North America whose land mass has been reduced by rising sea levels. It is generally agreed that the Capitol is in the Rocky Mountains, possibly Colorado, and that the District 12 town where Katniss grew up is somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, possibly Kentucky or West Virginia.
Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence, both natural blondes, dyed their hair brown for their roles in the film while Josh Hutcherson, naturally dark-haired, dyed his hair blond for his part.
Woody Harrelson is a vegetarian in real life. In scenes where Haymitch is seen eating, he eats either dessert or vegetables, or just drinks.
Because of how the pedestals were arranged and spaced apart in the field, there are only 20 of them at the cornucopia instead of 24.
The first film not released by a big six studio (Fox, Disney, Paramount, WB, Columbia or Universal) to gross over $400 million in the United States.
On February 22nd, four weeks before The Hunger Games' release, Lionsgate began selling advance tickets. Not only did the ticket sales break the one-day record originally held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), but also accounted for 83% of the ticket sales of the day.
Donald Sutherland saw the script by accident and, when he read it, lobbied for the role of President Snow because the script reminded him of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957). He succeeded in getting the role after he wrote a letter of plea to Gary Ross explaining why he should be cast.
The four-note melody that Katniss uses as her signal with Rue (and that plays at the end of most trailers) is G-Bb-A-D.
The fictional nation in the film is called Panem. This is derived from "Panem et Circenses," or "Bread and Circuses," which comes from the latter days of the Roman Empire, in which the government would keep the masses satisfied not by performing their public services well, but by providing violent and deadly entertainments for the people to watch, which is rather fitting for the subject matter of the film.
During a New York Magazine interview, Wes Bentley said that the extremely unusual beard he wore as Seneca was styled from his own real beard, not created from applied pieces or extra hair. Bentley said that while he was in North Carolina filming the movie, he would often go to the local Target (a national department store chain) to buy things like baby formula while still sporting the "Seneca beard."
Alexander Ludwig worked out for four hours a day with a US Navy Seal to get into shape for his role as Cato.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were both born in Kentucky, a state with rural poverty and coal mining reminiscent of District 12.
In the early scenes depicting life in District 12, an homage to Dorothea Lange's iconic Depression-era photo is seen in the shot of the lady looking out the window with her fingers on one cheek. Later in the film, the Reaping scene features images of the same grand neo-classical architecture, '40s style microphones, and red birds of prey banners that were all part of the Third Reich.
In the Extras on the 2 DVD edition, Gary Ross explains, "We were under tremendous financial pressure for this movie. It's under 80 million dollars, and it's a really really big movie. Other blockbusters cost twice or three times as much."
Although it is mentioned briefly that Gale has had his name put into the drawing multiple times, it is not fully explained in the movie why someone might want to do this other than when Katniss tells Prim when she comes to say goodbye not to put her name in more because it's not worth getting enough food. Each additional time a name is entered raises the possibility that the person will be selected to compete, and probably die, in the games. In the source novel, it is explained that putting your name in an additional time garners your family an additional portion of grain and oil, so families experiencing especially terrible privation may put their children's names into the drawing more than once in exchange for that small amount of extra food.
Elizabeth Banks plays a pivotal character in the story, who has become an iconic image in pop culture, yet this character's name (Effie Trinket) is never spoken in the movie.
The first name of the main character, Katniss Everdeen, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus "Sagittaria", commonly known as "arrowhead". This is a reference to the character's archery skills. Her surname is a reference to Bathsheba Everdene who is the lead female character in Thomas Hardy's novel "Far from the Madding Crowd". Suzanne Collins, who wrote the novel that The Hunger Games is based on, said "The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts".
Jennifer Lawrence was initially cast as the lead in Savages (2012), but dropped out to do this film instead.
Jennifer Lawrence was initially reluctant to take the role of Katniss due to film franchise's popularity and how the role would be a big change for her personal life.
Dayo Okeniyi read the book trilogy in the three days before his audition for Thresh.
Elizabeth Banks spent 45 minutes every day having manicures done on her fingers.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard from one of the victims when Katniss cuts off a tree branch and the nest of tracker jackers fall onto some of her opponents.
The second movie in two years (after Winter's Bone (2010)) in which Jennifer Lawrence plays a character who feeds her destitute family and herself partly by catching and killing squirrels.
The director Gary Ross has stated that his decision to go with shaky cam work, "had a lot to do with [the] urgency of what's going on and [to reflect Katniss'] point of view." He also mentioned that he wanted to avoid a polished, static camera look at all costs, since that would reduce the violence to mere entertainment and be completely contrary to the movie's intention.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson 'Alex Pettyfer', Josh Hutcherson, Lucas Till, Nico Tortorella, Alexander Ludwig, Evan Peters and Hunter Parrish were considered to play Peeta Mellark. Hutcherson was eventually cast, although Ludwig was later cast in the role of Cato.
Isabelle Fuhrman originally auditioned for Katniss. After deciding that she was too young for Katniss and too old for Prim, the producers invited her to audition for Clove.
Body Count: 39. (17 from a flashback)
Paula Malcomson played Jennifer Lawrence's mother once before, in Cold Case: A Dollar, a Dream (2007), an episode of Cold Case.
At the bottom right of one of the video screens showing Katniss, you can see A113. A113 is a common inside joke/Easter egg in films, referring to the number of a famous classroom used by graphic design and character animation students at the California Institute of the Arts.
Jeremy Irvine was approached for the role of Peeta Mellark, but he turned it down because he didn't want to be famous.
The design for the Cornucopia was inspired by the work of architect Frank O. Gehry.
Second unit director Steven Soderbergh shot much of the District 11 riot scenes.
Gary Ross wanted to make this movie after noticing his twin children were fans of the books. However, he was unaware that producer Nina Jacobson had already secured the rights. Suzanne Collins' novels were discovered by co-producer Bryan Unkeless, who then recommended them to Jacobson.
Composer Danny Elfman left the film due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by James Newton Howard.
Including the 22 tributes that died in the recent Hunger Games a total of 1,724 tributes have died in the 74 year history of Panem.
Chris Massoglia, David Henrie, Robbie Amell and Drew Roy were considered to play Gale.
This film reunites director Gary Ross with actress Elizabeth Banks. They worked previously together on Seabiscuit.
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The four-note song of the Mockingjay is the same as the opening four notes of 'Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet: A Time for Us' released in 1968.
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Jennifer Lawrence said in an interview that she accepted the roll of Katniss Everdeen because she admired Katniss's personality and spirit.
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Gavin O'Connor, James Mangold, and Alfonso Cuarón were considered to direct the movie.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Wes Bentley's character never appears in the books, but he is not totally made up for the films either. He is first mentioned not in the first book, but in the second, in which the President (Donald Sutherland) explains to Katniss that he had Crane killed for failing to get the single winner traditionally required by the games.
Jack Quaid's character Marvel is never called by name in the first book. Katniss merely refers to him as "the boy from District 1." In "Catching Fire," she learns his name during the victory tour.
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