Contemplating how well-cast “The Hunger Games” ended up being it is laborious to think about anybody else taking part in Haymitch so spectacularly as Harrelson. However in an interview with the Independent, the actor initially did not see himself having a lot to supply the position.
“I turned it down they usually re-offered it and I turned it down once more. Then [the first film’s writer and director] Gary Ross referred to as me and satisfied me to do it on the telephone. I would thought the writing was good but it surely did not really feel that a lot to do for me.”
One of many causes Ross would possibly’ve been capable of persevere was as a result of he’d already misplaced a earlier prospect for Haymitch. Earlier than Harrelson, actor John C. Reilly was in talks to play the cynical however charismatic former champion. After that fell aside although all eyes had been on the “Zombieland” actor. The timeline itself is unclear however relying on when Harrelson was requested, whether or not earlier than or after Reilly departed, he would possibly’ve even been supplied a unique position the primary time round. This might clarify why he did not really feel a lot of a connection to both character – however that is largely hypothesis.
Harrelson, in speaking about his time on “True Detective,” did point out he is cautious about becoming a member of any prolonged tasks like a tv sequence or, perhaps, a multi-book adaptation? “It goes on and on,” he stated of the dedication. “Simply doing ‘True Detective’ was six months, in order that’s half a 12 months spent doing it. I feel you’ve got actually received to be ready earlier than you bounce into one thing like that.” It is easy to think about the same thought crept into his head when he was being supplied the position of Haymitch – who seems via all 4 of “The Starvation Video games” movies. Fortunately although it was a dedication Harrelson was prepared to make.