51 Pieces of Movie Trivia: The Hunger Games Series Edition

Possible spoilers for the three people who haven't read the books or seen the film. (And as always, previous trivia lists can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far)
  1. THE HUNGER GAMES:
  2. The screenplay was featured in the 2010 Blacklist.
    The Blacklist is a list of heavily liked scripts that are unmade.
  3. Some of the directors considered included Sam Mendes, David Slade, Susanna White, Andrew Adamson, and Rupert Sanders.
  4. Actresses considered for the role of Katniss included Emma Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Shailene Woodley, Saoirse Ronan, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mary Mouser, Lyndsy Fonseca, Jodelle Ferland, Kaya Scodelario, and Emily Browning.
  5. Actors considered for the role of Peeta included Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Hunter Parrish, Nico Tortorella, Alexander Ludwig, and Alex Pettyfer.
    While he didn't end up with the role of Peeta, Alex Ludwig was eventually cast in the role of Cato.
  6. Actors who were considered for the role of Gale included Robbie Amell, David Henrie, Drew Roy, and Chris Massoglia.
  7. Gary Ross was so impressed with Lenny Kravitz's brief performance in Precious that he cast him as Cinna without an audition.
  8. Steven Soderbergh served as the second unit director and shot most of the riot scenes in District 11.
  9. Danny Elfman was originally attached to score the film but left due to a scheduling conflict.
    He was replaced by James Newton Howard.
  10. Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of Savages to do this film.
  11. Jennifer Lawrence was paid $500,000 for her role in this film.
    Her salary rose to $2 million for the second film in the franchise.
  12. The actress who plays Jennifer Lawrence's mother in The Hunger Games series also played her mother on an episode of the television show "Cold Case".
    Her name is Paula Malcomson while the episode of "Cold Case" was titled "A Dollar, A Dream".
  13. The work of architect Frank Gehry inspired the Cornucopia's design.
  14. Elizabeth Banks spent 45 minutes a day having her nails manicured.
  15. While goofing around on set, Jennifer Lawrence accidentally knocked Josh Hutcherson out with a kick to the head.
  16. There was a swear jar kept on set and according to director Gary Ross, Jennifer Lawrence was responsible for at least half the funds in it.
  17. In scenes where Haymitch is seen eating, he's always eating dessert, vegetables, or just drinking because Woody Harrelson is a vegetarian.
  18. This was the first film not released by one of big six studios (Disney, Paramount, Fox, Columbia, Universal, and WB) to gross over $400 million in the U.S.
  19. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE:
  20. Kristen Bell actively campaigned for the role of Johanna Mason because she was such a huge fan of the books.
    Lindsay Lohan also expressed an interest in the role.
  21. Melissa Leo was considered for the role of Mags.
  22. Actors considered for the role of Finnick included Taylor Kitsch, Hunter Parrish, Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, Grant Gustin, Luke Mitchell, and Joey Graceffa.
  23. Due to multiple takes, Sam Claflin ended up eating an entire box of sugar cubes while shooting Finnick's introduction.
  24. In the scene where Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick are eating the fish, the actors are actually eating the raw fish.
    Out of the three, Jennifer Lawrence had the hardest time, which Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin found amusing.
  25. There were 48 minutes of the film that were shot with IMAX cameras.
    This included the entire arena sequences.
  26. Ed Sheeran submitted three songs for the film's soundtrack, which were each turned down.
  27. Sam Claflin broke a finger during filming.
  28. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY—PART I:
  29. The screenplay was written by Danny Strong, who's best known for playing Jonathan on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
  30. Julianna Moore's two children convinced her to sign on for the role of Alma Coin.
    Jodie Foster was another considered for the role.
  31. Lily Rabe was set to play Commander Lyme of District 2 but had to back out due to her previous commitment to the stage play of "Much Ado About Nothing".
    The role was cut for this film while it was recast with Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones" and Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) for Mockinjay--Part II.
  32. The names Castor and Pollux come from Greek mythology.
    They were the twin brothers of Helen of Troy who were transformed into the constellation Gemini.
  33. Jennifer Lawrence wore a wig for this film and Mockingjay- Part II because she had cut off her hair due to the damaging effects of repeatedly having to dye it.
  34. Natalie Dormer ad-libbed 20-30% of her dialogue in the film.
    She says she drew inspiration for this from watching director Francis Lawrence converse with his camera crew between takes.
  35. The dog that wanders around District 12 was Donald Sutherland's dog, Biggles.
  36. Jennifer Lawrence would purposely eat garlic or tuna before filming her kissing scenes with Liam Hemsworth.
  37. This was the fourth film Julianna Moore and Phillip Seymour Hoffman worked on together.
    They'd previously worked together on Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Magnolia (1999).
  38. Right before Peeta warns Katniss about the bobbing of District 13, the lines "dead man called out for his love to flee" play from the song, "The Hanging Tree". This is significant because Peeta would be considered the dead man because he's being tortured by the Capitol, Katniss is his love, and he's telling her to flee.
  39. CGI was used in order to make Peeta look like he'd been tortured.
  40. Despite her prominent billing, Jenna Malone only has about thirty seconds of screen time.
  41. To date, Lorde is the youngest person to ever curate a soundtrack for a film released by a major Hollywood film company.
  42. At just two hours and three minutes, it's the shortest film out of The Hunger Games franchise.
  43. It was also the first film of the series to be shot digitally and the only one out of the four not to be released in IMAX.
  44. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY—PART II:
  45. The red outfit that Jennifer Lawrence wears on the movie's poster is never actually seen in the film.
  46. Paris and Berlin served as the backdrop for many of the scenes at the Capitol.
  47. Plutarch was originally supposed to talk to Katniss in person, but due to the untimely death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the scene was rewritten to have Haymitch read a letter from him to Katniss.
  48. The was the only film in the franchise to not receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Song.
  49. It was also the film that used the most visual effects, which were provided by the same company that did the effects for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the Lord of the Ring trilogy, the Hobbit trilogy, Avatar, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
    The company's name is Weta Digital.
  50. The original cut of the film ran two hours and fifty-one minutes.
  51. President Snow's rose garden is shown as being indoors in this film while in The Hunger Games, it was outside, away from the Capitol buildings.
  52. Jennifer Lawrence's nephews played Katniss and Peeta's children at the end of the film.
  53. With a box office of $102.7 million, this film had the lowest opening of the entire franchise.
  54. Both The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hold references to A113, which is a famed classroom used by graphic design and animation students at the California Institute of the Arts. (Yep, the very same A113 referenced in Pixar films.)
    It can be seen in the bottom right of one the video screens showing Katniss in The Hunger Games while it appears in Catching Fire in the bottom right hand corner when President Snow is watching to see if Katniss will kill a tribute.
  55. Buttercup the cat was black and white in the first film while he was orange in the last three.