Austin Butler Reveals Failed Audition for Lead in 'The Hunger Games'

Austin Butler reflects on missed opportunities in Hollywood

by Zain ul Abedin
Austin Butler Reveals Failed Audition for Lead in 'The Hunger Games'
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From his first television show, Hannah Montana, to nearly being cast in The Hunger Games, Austin Butler’s acting journey is quite illuminating. Recently, the actor famous for the "Bikeriders" part disclosed a piece of information that might be interesting to his fans about the auditions and how he could lose an opportunity to get a part.

In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed Celeb, Butler and co-star Jodi Comer told him that he had auditioned for the role of Peeta in The Hunger Games, which was given to Josh Hutcherson. "I auditioned for The Hunger Games, and I didn’t get it at all," Butler said with a sort of nonchalant apathy toward a part that could have potentially changed the direction of his career.

"I don’t even think I got a callback. What’s the character, Peeta?"

Butler's Gracious Outlook

Luckily, even though she did not get the part, Butler did not feel bitter at all. He also complimented Hutcherson’s performance stating that it was great, which is a fair attitude to take regarding the casting decision.

One of the biggest movies which came in 2012 was The Hunger Games that helped many of its stars such as Jennifer Lawrence or Liam Hemsworth become Hollywood stars. This post-apocalyptic story based on the books by Suzanne Collins is a big franchise now, with three following movies and another movie planned that will be a prequel.

In analysing the career progression of Butler, one can clearly see that the latter’s career has been colourful and filled with key posts. After Hannah Montana, he acted on the shows Switched at Birth on Freeform channel and The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to S-x and the City, where he portrayed Sebastian Kydd, Carrie’s boyfriend before Mr.

Big love interest. His big acting role was in 2019 in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. In that regard, Butler’s role as Elvis in the 2022 biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann was awarded an Oscar nomination, and this placed him firmly in the industry.

His recent projects include the Apple TV+ series Masters of the Air and significant roles in Dune: Part Two.

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