Haymitch Abernathy

Fans of Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” books will remember Haymitch Abernathy as the drunken battle-to-the-death survivor who is chosen to mentor young Katniss Everdeen as she is forced to participate in the same brutal games that Haymitch won. He’s a character who starts off as comically inept, but who darkens, develops, and is revealed to be quite capable in his own way over time. When it was announced that Woody Harrelson had been cast in the role, I opined that he was a perfect choice, seeing as he was an actor who could merge humor with danger and make it seamless. In a recent interview that the actor did with 24 Frames, he talked a little bit about his approach to the character and revealed that he too thinks that he’s the perfect actor to correctly play both the comedy and the drama inherent in this role. Harrelson said, “It was my objective to give the character as much comedy as I could without it seeming not to fit. I tried to take a certain comedic aspect and give a sense, through that, that he’s been through a lot and is anesthetizing himself as a result of that.” I like his use of the word “anesthetizing” there. When we first meet Haymitch we see him through the eyes of Katniss, who sees him as nothing more than a pathetic lout. But he’s a character who has been though quite a bit and survived, so he couldn’t have always been such […]

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When it was reported that John C. Reilly was being courted to take on the role of the drunken lout Haymitch Abernathy in the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games, I let out a squeal of delight that probably would have been more appropriate coming from a tween girl hugging a poster of Justin Bieber. Haymitch is maybe the most fun character in the books, a hopeless drunk who is haunted by being the survivor of one of the past Hunger Games that ends up getting tasked with training the new recruits for the deadly Games from District 12 Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). That’s not very good news for the kids because not only does Haymitch not really care about anything; he also spends the entirety of his days too drunk to function. Reilly would have been perfect for the role as he is hilarious whenever playing the inebriated fool, but he also has the dramatic chops to pull off the dangerous edge of a man who has survived a battle royal to the death. After hearing his name mentioned for the role, I imagined that I would be extremely disappointed if anyone else ended up getting it. The new news is that John C. Reilly won’t be playing Haymitch after all, but they went and hired maybe the one guy who doesn’t come off as a disappointment to me at all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Woody Harrelson has officially signed on for […]

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For weeks now it’s seemed like the movie geek community has been bombarded with little other than casting news for The Hunger Games. And you know, I get it. The books are really popular, they’re pretty fun reads, and if adapted right they will make interesting movies. But I have to admit, after the main three roles of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale got cast, I kind of tuned out to the barrage of smaller casting news we’ve been getting over the past few weeks. Do I really want to write up an article about a relative unknown named Willow Shields being cast as the little sister? But now a couple of awesome-bombs have been dropped on the Hunger Games news racket, and I find myself excited all over again.

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