Lorena Says: John C. Reilly Is Perfect To Play 'Haymitch' For 'The Hunger Games'!

Mon, April 25, 2011 10:00pm EDT by 8 Comments
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Calling all ‘Hunger Games’ fans! Does anyone else desperately want to see John C. Reilly as Katniss and Peeta’s drunk, endearing mentor Haymitch?

When Haymitch Abernathy was first introduced in The Hunger Games, the first of the popular three book series by Suzanne Collins, he was intoxicated, falling off on stage at the reaping and messing up Effie’s hair. When I pictured the “paunchy middle-aged man”, who was known as the town drunk of District 12 but ended up being so much more to Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the mental image I had was someone resembling John C. Reilly. And Timothy Spall, but John works too!

The whispers of Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Laurie made some sense too as they’d be great at playing drunk mentors (not in a mean way) and perhaps they would highlight an edgier side of Haymitch, the side that makes you hate him when he talks down to Katniss and says she lacks any charm or personality. But for me, I always felt empathetic to Haymitch who has had to endure years of mentoring children for the Games only to watch them die on screen. We instantly began to see more of his true character when Peeta and Katniss teamed up to try to stop him from drinking and he first had the realization that he “had some fighters” this time.

John C. Reilly has had plenty of experiences acting like a drunk whom people shrug off (anyone remember Talladega Nights?), and he sincerely pulled at my heartstrings in Chicago. I think he will be perfect at emphasizing the underlying sweetness to Haymitch, who can also sober up enough to help Katniss and communicate with her throughout the Games by withholding goods until she properly dotes on Peeta. Haymitch is such a tragic character, one whom you just wish would sober up but you can’t blame  for needing to drown his misery after what he’s seen. And he really comes through when he’s most needed.

John reportedly wants the role, but his rep says no offers have been made as of now. I’d love to have Haymitch in my corner, especially if he was played by somebody as endearing as John C. Reilly. Do you guys agree that he should get the offer? Sound off below!

Lorena O’Neil


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A.

Posted at 10:09 AM on April 26, 2011  

Essie =Effie (maybe just a typo, no need to get snotty)…anyway, I would love to have John C. Reilly play Haymitch, that would be perfection!. It’s also very true that it’s easy to feel for Haymitch because of everything he has had to endure…he’s a lovable, albeit alcoholic, crankypants but he’s always in Katniss’s corner and for that he’s a sweetie.

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Angelchinky

Posted at 5:15 AM on April 26, 2011  

OMG YES PLEASE !!!!

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Ren

Posted at 11:35 PM on April 25, 2011  

No!!!!!!!! Ew ew ew EW!!!!! totally not right! Yuck!

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Angelchinky

Posted at 5:17 AM on April 26, 2011  

really ? eww?? who else do you have in mind then? >.<

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Ky

Posted at 11:12 PM on April 25, 2011  

SOOOO bugged by so many writers that cannot get names and information right about these books. If someone is paying you to write about it then you should do some research maybe… or edit your articles decently. ANNOYING. P.S. the name is EFFIE. Not Essie

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Angelchinky

Posted at 5:17 AM on April 26, 2011  

i was wondering what “essie” she was talking about.now i understand she was talking about EFFIE -.-

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jm

Posted at 10:50 PM on April 25, 2011  

John C. Reilly!!….absolutely should play Haymitch!.

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Pop Vulture

Posted at 10:29 PM on April 25, 2011  

RDjr, all the way. He’s perfect. Sorry to be predictable, but he. Is. Perfect. Haymitch isn’t supposed to be ‘endearing,’ really; he just unexpectedly comes through. RDjr can be not endearing, but still inherently likable/redeemable.

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