Woody Harrelson Talks Haymitch and Being Part of an “Incredible Franchise”

Woody Harrelson recently interviewed with Shortlist, where he discusses how he first passed on the role of Haymitch and what it’s like being part of a such a huge franchise.


And then, of course, there’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Can you tell us how that’s coming along?

I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard it’s looking great.

How does it feel for you to be part of a big juggernaut franchise? It’s the first time you’ve…

…it’s the first time I’ve been a part of something that’s a hit [laughs].

No, it’s just that being part of a huge blockbuster is not something people would associate with you.

I love it. I really love it. I said no at first. But the director called me and he said, “You’ve got to do this for me, I don’t have a second choice.” He was so passionate about it, and I thought, “Well if you want me to do it that bad, I’ll do it.” Just one conversation made me throw the dice. That was it, and now I’m part of this incredible franchise.

Were you surprised by how big it became?

Yes I was. I didn’t know what I was stepping into.

A lot of people have said Hollywood is relying too much on big franchises at the moment. Do you think that’s true?

Well, Hollywood is so many diverse things; you have indies that I love. But when you’re looking at studios, they need to make money. They’re giant corporations, so I understand that in getting something that is working, you stick with it. Most times, sequels aren’t as good as the original, and I hope that’s not the case for The Hunger Games. I haven’t seen it, but if it is as good, why not? I don’t have a moral issue with it, I get the idea. F*ck it. Do it.


Screencaps from Catching Fire Teaser Trailer

You’ve seen the trailer, now you can take a closer look with these screencaps:

Hayffie The Real Deal?

Some fans love to ship Haymitch and Effie (Hayffie), others are skeptical at best. Their romantic relationship was never clearly stated in the books, but as with everything in life you have to read between the lines. If you’re a regular Tumblr user, you will have come across Hayffie gifs countless times. Now it seems that Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie, has acknowledged the Hayffie fandom.

Welcome back, Phoebe! And hello there Hayffie fans. I’ve seen you all on Tumblr and now Phoebe is here as your representative with “proof” that Effie and Haymitch are a couple. Agree or disagree? Leave your comments. Xx EB


Phoebe, a guest blogger on ElizabethBanks.com, has gathered some…evidence(?) to support the existence of Hayffie.

I feel like I could just leave this gif as proof that Haymitch and Effie secretly want each other despite their snarky comments, but I’m not going to do that. Why? Because there are countless other reasons why I love them and why I think they’d make a great (great as in annoyed-with-each-other-95%-of-the-time-but-still-in-love) couple.

Haymitch and Effie have that kind of banter-y relationship that definitely makes you wonder what they’re truly thinking and feeling. These two characters have known each other and worked closely with each other for years, surely there is an undercurrent of amicableness between them. If Effie truly hated Haymitch, I doubt she would have stayed on as escort for District 12, and most of the time Haymitch’s rude comments to Effie feel half-hearted. I think that beneath it all they’re attracted to each other. Some of the looks they shared in the movie certainly seemed that way. Anyone notice how Effie was always gravitating towards Haymitch on screen? And how in the books they’re always mentioned together?

There are also quotes from the book that she uses to support her case. It’s pretty funny regardless of whether you’re a Hayffie shipper or not. Read the rest of the blog post at ElizabethBanks.com

Incidentally, Elizabeth Banks tweeted this picture earlier. Is she a Hayffie shipper??

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Haymitch Abernathy’s Official Capitol Portrait

IGN revealed the first Capitol Portrait of the day, and as many of us suspected, it’s Haymitch!  I can’t speak for everyone, but I think a lot of us agree that Mr. Abernathy cleans up nicely, doesn’t he?!


Vote Haymitch in COTEC!!!

Our very own Haymitch Abernathy  is up against Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments in one of the final battles of COTEC!  Vote for Haymitch HERE!

COTEC- Effie Trinket vs. Haymitch Abernathy commences 9/24!

Here’s and EPIC battle for you!  Monday September 24, 2012 Effie and Haymitch will duke it out to see who makes it into the sweet 16.  When voting opens up tomorrow make sure you click here to vote for your favorite!  This should be an interesting one!

Woody Harrelson – Guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Our Haymitch, Woody Harrelson, will be a guest tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He will apparently be talking about Bullet for Adolf, but knowing that filming for Catching Fire has already begun maybe there will be a question or two about it! Tune in tonight at 12:35AM ET/11:35PM C on NBC.

Making A Stand

Here’s some fan art for you from RohanElf on DeviantArt.  This is a little spoiler-y so if you haven’t read Catching Fire, consider yourself warned!

This is such an emotional (and brutal!) scene from the book that I actually found it a bit difficult to read the first time. That being said, I really appreciate how much this painting stays true to what occurred in the book, it’s so raw and really brings the scene to life!

Question: what if Katniss hadn’t intervened, what do you think Gale’s fate would have been? Let us know!

Source: DeviantArt via Mockingjay.net

Interview: Woody Harrelson on The Hunger Games and Haymitch

Woody Harrelson recently gave an interview to The Huffington Post UK where he talks about The Hunger Games and his role as Haymitch.

Q: Could you briefly describe your character in The Hunger Games?

Haymitch is a mentor for the two characters who are going into the Games. He is grizzled and not exactly a teetotaller. In some ways he’s a little bit jaded, but under all that he is a wonderful person. To begin with, though, there is definitely a conflict with Katniss, the main character. That’s true. That is how it starts out.

Q: Haymitch looks like one of the most enjoyable characters to play…

I think he is a pretty fine character. I can’t think of any other character I have played like him. He is quite a unique character. Also he’s interesting because he’s one thing on the surface but then you find he is a little bit different, further down the road. He has that thing of people not being able to quantify him. I’m not sure if it required anything new of me as an actor. It is hard to say. You’re going to have to watch it and tell me the answer to that. Deep down there probably isn’t anything new [laughs]. It’s just me doing the same old sh*t!

Q: That’s not true! He’s not a very a social character, though, and does like a tipple. How did you pitch that into your performance?

That was kind of a discussion between Gary [Ross, the director] and I, because I always wanted to make Haymitch more drunk and debauched, but Gary wanted to keep a rein on it so that it wasn’t too much like that. In other words there are times when he had to get down to business so, yes, that had to be properly pitched. Me, I am always in general ready to go over the top with it, so it is helpful to have a director like Gary bringing me back.

The complete interview can be found HERE.

Thanks to Mockingjay.net for the tip!

COTEC has begun! Katniss and Haymitch in the first set of battles!

If you haven’t heard yet, The Clash of The Epic Characters (#COTEC) started today!  TheFandom.net is pitting specific characters from 10 of our beloved YA novels/series’ in a battle for the most epic character of them all!

And this first set of battles has Katniss Everdeen vs. Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series, and Haymitch Abernathy vs. Julian Fineman from the Delirium trilogy.

I highly recommend that you put in your votes!  You can vote multiple times and this set of battles ends at just before midnight 8/26/12.  Then another set of battles will begin on Monday, 8/27/12.

We’ll keep you updated on who’s next for that as well.

Spread the word and vote!