The Hunger Games movie premiered on Thursday at midnight, selling out theaters and earning an 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and 95 percent approval rating from users. Now that the movie everyone has been waiting for is here, gossip about what went down during production of the film is starting to come out. According to a source, who spilled the beans to Perez Hilton, there was plenty of sex and drug abuse taking place behind the scenes of The Hunger Games during filming in North Carolina.
The anonymous insider, who sounds like she may have played one of the main teenagers competing for their lives in the film, told Perez Hilton that she and her cast mates were all very attracted to each other, and some even cheated on their significant others by jumping into bed with one another.
Another actor in the film is rumored to have hooked up with an 18-year-old production assistant while treating the set like his own personal playground. The source also told Perez that there was at least one pregnancy for sure during production.
The source admitted that there was drug use going on off-screen, though not by the teenage stars.
For as many young people as there were, there were not a lot of drugs around. Tons of boozing, underage and otherwise, but it was mainly the 'grownups' as we called them that were treating the woods of North Carolina like their very own hot box,
Perez Hilton's source also told him that she and the rest of the cast realized that starring in The Hunger Games was an amazing opportunity that will give their careers a huge boost.
We all knew we won the f--king lottery by being cast in the movie and it was not about the craft or anything else, it was about us making it as actors and actresses and having the opportunity to be known, she said.
The Hunger Games was hyped with a huge and carefully orchestrated viral-marketing campaign that targeted fans of the books early on, before expanding to draw in an even wider audience, in order to turn the franchise into the next Twilight or Harry Potter.
For those unfamiliar with the books, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic America called Panem. The 50 states have been replaced by 13 districts ruled by a wealthy capital. Every year Panem celebrates The Hunger Games by demanding that each district supply two teenagers (a boy and a girl) to compete in a fight to death in a gigantic arena filled with cameras that broadcast their battle for survival to the entire nation.
While many critics reported that they enjoyed the film some have complained that it failed to live up to the quality of the original book.
'The Hunger Games' has all the signs of a 'Twilight'-style cash grab: long lines of eager fans, adolescents squealing with anticipation, plenty of pre-release hype, wrote Alison Gang for the San Diego Union-Tribune. But take away the hullabaloo surrounding the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult book and what you have is an absorbing film with a dire premise that stands pretty much on its own. Imagine that.