Meet Josh Hutcherson, rising star of the big screen
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.