Meet Josh Hutch­er­son, ris­ing star of the big screen

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JOSH Hutch­er­son isn’t ex­actly a new face on the sil­ver screen. The 19-year-old has been act­ing pro­fes­sion­ally since he was nine and got his big break in 2003 star­ring in the Os­car-nom­i­nated Amer­i­can Splen­dor.

Slowly, but surely, he has been build­ing a di­verse body of work that ranges from fan­tasy ad­ven­tures like

Bridge To Ter­abithia to crit­i­cal dar­lings

like The Kids Are All Right.

Now he’s about to be­come a ful­lyfledged movie star.

Hutch­er­son made his first visit to Aus­tralia ear­lier this week for the world pre­miere of Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous

Is­land, se­quel to 2008’s Jour­ney to the Cen­tre of the Earth.

Jour­ney 2 is the first of five films Hutch­er­son stars in this year, in­clud­ing the male lead in the highly an­tic­i­pated

The Hunger Games. Is he ready to be fa­mous? ‘‘At the end of the day, I’m a per­son who does what I be­lieve in. I do what I want to do and what I’m pas­sion­ate about. That will never change.’’

The orig­i­nal Jour­ney was a hit – it grossed $US231 mil­lion at the global box of­fice.

‘‘When they said they were mak­ing a se­quel I was cu­ri­ous to see what jour­ney they would take us on,’’ Hutch­er­son says. ‘‘Then they added The Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land curve ball.’’

Hutch­er­son is the se­quel’s only re­turn­ing cast mem­ber, but there are some big-name new­com­ers.

‘‘You have Dwayne John­son, the big ac­tion star,’’ he ex­plains. ‘‘Then, you have Michael Caine, who’s le­gendary and has been act­ing for 900 years.

‘‘Then, you have Vanessa Hud­gens, who’s very beau­ti­ful and tal­ented.’’

To­gether the stars head­line a 3D fam­ily ad­ven­ture into the fan­tas­ti­cal world of French sci-fi writer Jules Verne which, in­evitably, leads them to The Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land.

The film has them rid­ing gi­ant bees and man­ning sub­marines. Hutch­er­son says the life on set was equally fun.

‘‘ Jour­ney 2 is one of the best times I’ve had shoot­ing a movie,’’ he says.

‘‘The ex­pe­ri­ence was so much fun, partly be­cause of the lo­ca­tion in Hawaii and partly be­cause of the crew and ac­tors. It was my No. 1 favourite time on a set.’’

Hutch­er­son would know. He’s spent a lot of time on sets.

On top of Jour­ney 2, this year he stars in two in­die dra­mas – 7 dı´as en La

Ha­bana and Carmel – along with two block­busters – Red Dawn and The Hunger Games.

The last two have al­lowed him to be­come close friends with Liam and Chris Hemsworth, the Aus­tralian broth­ers dom­i­nat­ing Hol­ly­wood at the mo­ment.

Though Liam and Hutch­er­son play two men war­ring for the at­ten­tions of Kat­niss Everdeen (Jen­nifer Lawrence) in dystopian ac­tion thriller The Hunger

Games, Hutch­er­son says they ‘‘get on so well’’.

‘‘I’ve worked with both of the Hemsworths now be­cause Chris and I

did Red Dawn to­gether.

‘‘I’m kind of an hon­orary Hemsworth.’’

Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land opens to­day.

Jour­ney 2 stars Josh Hutch­er­son and Vanessa Hud­gens.

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