'The Hunger Games' Scoop: Find Out Which Character From The Book Didn't Make It Into The Movie!

Mon, May 16, 2011 8:55pm EDT by 75 Comments
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HollywoodLife.com has a copy of ‘The Hunger Games’ script and we noticed one character was notably absent!

All of the avid The Hunger Games fans in the HollywoodLife.com office were thrilled when we scored a copy of The Hunger Games script. Before we reveal any scoop we’d like to make it clear that scripts in Hollywood are often revised/rewritten and while our source insists this is the most recent script, we have no way of assuring fans things won’t change again. That said, keep reading if you’d like the scoop on which character from the novels did not make it into the film! Spoilers ahead.

Madge Undersee, the mayor’s daughter and Katniss Everdeen‘s friend, does not appear in the 137 page draft of the script we have. Madge is most notably remembered for being one of Katniss’s only friends other than Gale. In the beginning of the book Gale is rude to her on the day of the reaping because she is very dressed up with her expensive mockingjay pin, and it reminds him she’s never had to enter her name for tesserae (food in exchange for more name entries into the yearly reaping). Madge is one of Katniss’s visitors after she volunteers in place of Prim at the reaping, and she insists Katniss wear the mockingjay pin as her District 12 token.

In the film, we first see the pin when Katniss pulls it out and gives it to Prim as they are getting dressed for the reaping. Prim gives it back to Katniss right before she leaves. Katniss then leaves Rue’s body with it after she covers her with flowers. At the end of the script she is gifted with an entirely new mockingjay pin as a present from her own district (12).

We contacted Lionsgate for a comment on Madge and they responded, “At this time we can’t comment on productions in progress.” The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, has just started production for the movie which will mainly be shot in North Carolina. The movie is set to hit theaters on March 23, 2012.

Are you sad that Madge might not make it into the movie? Do you hope she is written back in? Or do you think her character was unnecessary? Sound off below!

Lorena O’Neil with reporting by Russ Weakland

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Posted at 1:15 PM on March 23, 2012  

I was a little disappointed when Madge wasn’t the one who gave her the mockingjay pin.. And I don’t think for those who don’t know what it is, it didn’t explain what it was. But the movie was AWESOME! I loved it. I would have liked to see her because that was one of the powerful scenes I was looking forward to but tree are defiantly plenty of those;) if you havn’t seen the movie GO SEE IT! ;D

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Elizabeth

Posted at 8:34 PM on March 20, 2012  

It’s sad that Madge would be written out. It makes the mockingjay a more powerful symbol when Madge gave it to her because Madge’s aunt was a tribute and it has obviously taken a huge toll on her family. Even though Gale thinks Madge is safe from the reaping, her family has suffered and continues to suffer. It’s a good element in the book that shows that everyone is affected by this regime.

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Alex

Posted at 4:16 PM on February 27, 2012  

I am actually physically crying right now. These changes have gone toooo faaaar!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:O

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Tera

Posted at 3:29 PM on February 25, 2012  

Yes include madge! The way yoh just said hat is really confusing. So include madge!

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Kida

Posted at 10:59 AM on February 2, 2012  

Well.., Suzanne Collins is working pretty closely with the movie so I hear…Guess I gotta trust she thinks it’ll work without Madge, after all, she is the author so…I have faith! …

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