Hunger Games: Is Josh Hutcherson Team Peeta or Gale?

Mar 21, 2012 at 9:02 a.m. ET

What does it take to prepare for a role in The Hunger Games? Josh Hutcherson reveals the secrets behind his bulk and whether he's Team Peeta or Team Gale!

Josh Hutcherson's Hunger Games confessions!

As a member of The Hunger Games cast, actors not only have to prepare for the inevitable fame that will follow the film's release, but they also need to adopt rigorous workouts to keep up with the high physicality that the adaptation demands -- something that Josh Hutcherson struggled with when prepping to play Peeta Mellark!

"A lot more heavy lifting," Hutcherson told The Huffington Post, "and a lot more, like, eating high protein stuff, like very low carbs -- which is not very fun. I like eating carbs much more than I like eating protein things!"

Hutcherson was somewhat starstruck to work directly with Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games, who co-wrote the screenplay and is one of the film's producers.

"Having Suzanne Collins involved, gave myself as a fan -- and other fans of the book -- a sort of confidence to know she wasn't just handing it off and saying, you know, 'OK, do whatever you want with it,'" he explained. "I think that having her involved gave a certain sort of security."

Despite whatever Collins has drafted, is Hutcherson a member of Team Gale or Team Peeta? Is he rooting against his own character?

Shockingly, he refuses to pick a side!

"Team Haymitch...Yeah, he's the man," Hutcherson laughed, joking that he opts for a romance between Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss and her mentor, Haymitch, played by Woody Harrelson!

"Woody [Harrelson] just knocks it out of the park [in the movie] so… Haymitch should win the heart of Katniss," he explained. "Weirder things have happened."

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The Hunger Games Mall Tour clip

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