New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has an interview with Josh Hutcherson today, the young actor who stars in the highly-anticipated action-adventure film, Journey 2 More Center Of Re-Earth, and who will also play Peeta in the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games. It turns out the young heart throb is ready to throw his propeller cap into the ring of On-Set Hollywood Pranksters:
Vulture: But you’re more of a prankster …
Josh Hutcherson: Well, on Journey, I had this running prank going when we were shooting in the jungle, where I would take a stick, or a twig, and poke it in someone’s ear and make them think they had bugs crawling in there. Vanessa [Hudgens] and I were messing with Luis [Guzman] for about eight minutes once, poking something in his ear, pulling it out, watching him freak out. It was so hard not to laugh. And finally he went, “I see you.” That was the best one for sure. And on Hunger Games, I took a dummy, one that the tracker-jackers were supposed to have attacked, and I put it in Jennifer’s bathroom, and when she opened the door, she peed her pants. Or so I was told — she told me later. I did not get visual confirmation on that one. I think I’m basically a 5-year-old at heart.
What a fun and funny prank! Especially for a grown man like Luis Guzman who has spent his like as a hard-working actor building a career over years and years, the thrill of just having some teenager on the set poking you in the ear with a stick, it’s like, you’ve arrived, you know? The dream is realized. It doesn’t get any better than this. Luis Guzman probably called his wife at the end of that day’s shooting in tears and was just like “where do I go from here, now that I have achieved everything I’ve ever wanted?”
Here’s a question, did Josh Hutcherson ever prank The Rock?
Vulture: Did you pull any pranks on the Rock?
JH: Usually, no one’s too big for me to try to take them down — except Dwayne. He gets a free pass. He’s huge! Have you seen his pecs? He can pop those pecs. He says it’s what every girl wants, but he might be wrong.
Usually no one’s too big for Josh Hutcherson to try and take them down (by poking them in the ear with a stick). USUALLY. But The Rock is too big. Be reasonable, you guys. Maybe when Josh Hutcherson really gets his prank legs under him he’ll be able to take on The Rock, AKA Mr. Unprankable. One day. But that’s just one man. One giant man. Everyone has goals. And everyone better look out: you about 2 get HUTCHERSON’D, SON!