11 YA Movie Castings Fans Originally HATED
With the last Hunger Games film approaching, it’s hard to imagine the characters being played by anyone other than the actors we now know and love. However, like all castings, there’s actors who audition and don’t get the part, actors who turn down roles they’ve been offered, and actors who get added in at the last minute. Causing things to not always go as planned — and tons of surprised fans!
And while we may be in love with the final product NOW, in the beginning, us YA fans haven’t always been so accepting. Since, after all, choosing actors to play characters we already are in love with is not really an easy feat. Especially when everyone has different visions of each character in their own imaginations!
So, with a trip down memory lane, let’s take a look at all of the YA castings fans (surprisingly) weren’t always so keen on:
While nowadays J. Law is battling unequal pay in Hollywood, one of the other things she's had to fight for is her body image — and the way that has defined her in the film industry as well. In fact, there was a time when people thought she was too "curvy" or "fat" to play Katniss! One of the most-noted critiques was from Manohla Dargis from the New York Times who said, "A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission." Ouch!
And that's not all! Director Gary Ross also had to defend Jen's age by saying, "Suzanne [Collins] saw every single audition. And not only did Suzanne not have an issue with Jen's age, she felt you need someone of a certain maturity and power to be Katniss. This is a girl who needs to incite a revolution. We can't have an insubstantial person play her, and we can't have someone who's too young to play this." Way to go, Gary!