Josh Hutcherson: 'Journey 2' Helped Me Prepare for 'The Hunger Games'

February 4, 2012 By:
Josh Hutcherson: 'Journey 2' Helped Me Prepare for 'The Hunger Games'

Prepare to see a lot of Hollywood’s latest ‘It’ boy, Josh Hutcherson, this year. The actor stars in the upcoming movie, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, along with Vanessa Hudgens, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michael Caine, and Kristin Davis.

Hollyscoop caught up with Josh at the premiere for Journey 2 last night, where we talked about his other upcoming project, the The Hunger Games.

“Oh man, I’m excited about it,” Hutcherson told Hollyscoop. The Hunger Games is based on the novel series and also stars Jennifer Lawrence. “You know, I'm a huge fan of the books and I kind of feel like ‘Journey’ prepared me for it in a way,” Josh told us.

The actor continued: “Because in ‘Journey’ I'm sort of running around an island and a jungle, trying to survive, and in ‘Hunger Games’, I’m running through a forest trying to survive. So it's kind of similar on some levels.”

Lots of running and lots of surviving. But you can bet on the fact that Josh has plenty of staying power in Hollywood. Costar Kristin Davis recently gushed over him:

"I talked to Josh's mom. I said, 'I always want to pet him.’ You can’t really touch them when they get to this age, 'cause they feel like you're making them like a kid.' ... In the movie I had to scold him. But I felt bad because Josh is such a mature young man."

Hutcherson also enjoyed working with ex wrestler Dwayne Johnson in Journey:

"He's fun, he's charismatic, he's outgoing. He has a sensitive side," the actor told reporters. "But he’s also very physical and has the whole action hero side as well."