One-sheet poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, which played the Chinese in November, 2015.
 
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The Hunger Games Stars
Footprinting Ceremony
held on Saturday, October 31, 2015
 
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World Premiere, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, in Berlin, Germany
 
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games novels have been brought to the screen in the biggest manner possible: Ample budgets, costumes, sets and photography. The producers were able to find some very talented and very young actors to play the main characters: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

A critical and box office success, the first Hunger Games film set the record for biggest opening day gross in history as well as the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel. The second film, Catching Fire, did even better, and is considered the best of the lot.

All told, the 548 minute long series was produced for $495 million, and has taken in $2.9 billion worldwide.
 
 
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Jennifer Lawrence at the San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California, July 11, 2015. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
 
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Jennifer Lawrence
 
Born: August 15, 1990, in Indian Hills, Kentucky
Age at the time of the ceremony: 25

 
Jennifer Lawrence was born a tomboy. Her father was a construction worker; her mother was a summer camp manager. She has two older brothers; she was not allowed to play with other girls, because she was too rough on them. She was a hyperactive, anxious, misfit, who found that all of these things would go away when she was performing in plays at her local church.

While in middle school, she was a cheerleader, played softball, field hockey, played on the boy's basketball team (her father coached) and horseback riding. On a vacation in New York City, a talent scout convinced the family that Jennifer ought to be in pictures. Dropping out of school at age 14, the family relocated to New York, then Los Angeles.

Television work began. She played a basketball team's mascot on an episode of Monk with Tony Shalhoub, aired over NBC in July 2006, and several other shows, but her agents kept her in front of casting directors working on features.

She played a "troubled teen" in Garden Party (released in May 2008) with Erik Smith, and got second billing in The Poker House (released in 2008) with Selma Blair. In The Burning Plain (released in August 2008) she discovers her mother's affair; Charlize Theron plays the character as an older person.

Lawrence was cast as rebellious daughter Lauren Pearson for 31 episodes of The Bill Engvall Show aired over TBS from July 2007 to September 2009. She got top billing in Winter's Bone (released in July 2010) with John Hawkes. Then, for director and co-star Jodie Foster, she played the role of Norah in The Beaver (released in March 2011) with Mel Gibson.

If superstardom depends on having the lead in a superhero franchise, Lawrence befell a gusher, playing Raven / Mystique in X-Men: First Class (which played the Chinese in June 2011) with James McAvoy. Then she found the other one: playing Kantiss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (released in March 2012). The film took in a buttload of money. Lawrence was now a star.

Before long, an award-winning star. Her performance in the romance Silver Linings Playbook (released in December 2012) with Bradley Cooper, brought her the Oscar for Best Actress. Her turn in the thriller House at the End of the Street (released in September 2012) with Elisabeth Shue, was a key part of its success.

Though shot in 2007, The Devil You Know (finally released in July 2013) with Rosamund Pike, reminded people what a precocious actor Lawrence was at a very early age. The epic The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which played the Chinese in November 2013) made even more money than the first one.

Adopting a Jersey honk, Lawrence practically walks off with American Hustle (released in December 2013) with Christian Bale. She played Raven once more in X-Men: Days of Future Past (released in May 2014) with Patrick Stewart. The period picture Serena (released in February 2015) with Bradley Cooper, did not fair well.

In between the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (released in November 2014) and its sequel, Lawrence and her co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson were asked to make their imprints in the Chinese Theatre Forecourt. Three weeks later,
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (which played the Chinese in November 2015) with Josh and Liam, finished the series with a great flourish.

Lawrence is wonderful in the biopic of the inventor of the Miracle Pop in Joy (released in December 2015) with Robert De Niro. After appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse (released in May 2016) with James McAvoy, she did the wildly controversial and intense Mother! (released in September 2017) with Javier Bardem. Lawrence returns to the Marvel Universe in Dark Phoenix (which played the Chinese in June 2019) with Jessica Chastain.
   
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Liam Hemsworth
 
Born: January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Age at the time of the ceremony: 25
 
Liam Hemsworth answers the question of "Are there more back home like you?" with a "Yes." Born to a English teacher mother and social services worker father, Liam is the baby with two older acting brothers, Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. When Liam was 14 or so, the family relocated to a small island outside of Melbourne, where he and his brothers surfed a good deal.

After burning out on construction jobs, Liam decided to follow his older brothers and get into acting. At 17, he did a bit in one episode of the Australian soap opera Home and Away with Kate Ritchie, aired over Australia Network in March 2007. Another Australian soap opera booked Liam as Josh Taylor for 25 episodes of Neighbours aired over the Network Ten Australia from October 2007 to August 2008; brother Luke had a run on the show as well.

Liam played guitar-playing Marcus for 18 episodes of The Elephant Princess with Emily Robins in the title role aired over Network Ten Australia from October to December 2008. The sci-fi film Knowing (released in March 2009) with Nicolas Cage, was shot in Melbourne (standing in for Boston); Hemsworth got a small role as an MIT student. With this film coming out, Liam and Chris moved to Los Angeles, where they shared an apartment.

Once in LA, Liam Hemsworth though he had a role in The Expendables, but his character was written out of the movie. He auditioned for director Kenneth Branagh for the role of Thor, but the part was given to his brother Chris. While on the Disney lot, he was signed to co-star with Miley Cyrus in the romance The Last Song (released in March 2010). They would wed in 2018.

Then came the game changer. Hemsworth was cast as Gale Hawthorne in the film version of The Hunger Games (released in March 2012) with Jennifer Lawrence. The picture was a whopping success. Suddenly, Hemsworth was written back in as Billy the Kid in Expendables 2 (which had its US Premiere at the Chinese on Wednesday, August 15, 2012) with Sylvester Stallone (and got second billing, too!)

Hemsworth got top billing for the real-life crime movie Empire State (released in March 2013) with Dwayne Johnson, but it went direct to video. He again got top billing in the thriller Paranoia (released in August 2013) with Gary Oldman, but the film fizzled (you can currently purchase the Blu-Ray for $2 on Amazon.

Hemsworth was asked back to appear once more in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which played the Chinese in November 2013), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (released in November 2014). While waiting for Part 2, Hemsworth returned to Australia to appear in director Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker (released in October 2015) with Kate Winslet.

Hemsworth and his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were asked to make their imprints in the Chinese Theatre Forecourt. Three weeks later, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (which played the Chinese in November 2015) swept the country — and the world, bringing in $650 million worldwide. Liam, along with Chris Hemsworth, are the only brothers to have their imprints in the Chinese Theatre's Forecourt (sisters Norma and Constance Talmadge were both imprinted in 1927, while sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine beat the Hemsworth's by 67 years).

He plays the hero in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence (which played the Chinese in June 2016) with Jeff Goldblum, played the Good Guy in the western
The Duel (released in June 2916) with Woody Harrelson as the Bad Guy. Hemsworth plays a spoof of the heroes in romantic comedies in Isn't It Romantic? (released in February 2019) with Rebel Wilson.
   
Josh Hutcherson at the San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, California, July 9, 2015. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
 
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Josh Hutcherson
 
Born: October 12, 1992, in Union, Kentucky
Age at the time of the ceremony: 23
 
Josh Hutcherson, like Jennifer Lawrence, was born in Kentucky. Young Josh claims to have fallen in love with showbiz from the age of four. His parents thought he would grow out of this "phase." A meet-up with acting coach Bob Luke in 2002 led mother Michelle and Josh to head to Los Angeles in order to get the lad into commercials.

It did not take long for Hutcherson to get work. His first appearance was in the pilot to House Blend with Amy Yasbeck, aired over The Paramount Network in May 2002; his first film role came as a boy playing Robin (as in Batman and Robin) in American Spendor (released in September 2003) with Paul Giamatti.

He played the lead in the family / sport film Motocross Kids (released in January 2004) with Lorenzo Lamas, which has been seen by no one, and he played Joey in One Last Ride (released in April 2004) with Patrick Cupo.

Hutcherson did the voices for Van-El and Young Bruce Wayne in Justice League Unlimited aired over Cartoon Network in August 2004, and he famously did much of the motion-capture performance of the Hero Boy in The Polar Express (released in November 2004) with Tom Hanks.

The ten-year-old Hutcherson got top billing in the family romance Little Manhattan (released in Septmeber 2005) with Charlotte Ray Rosenberg, and he played Robin Williams' son Carl in RV (which played the Chinese in April 2006).

Josh played Brendan Fraiser's son Sean in Journey to the Center of the Earth (released in July 2008); in the sequel, Hutcherson's step-dad is Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (which played the Chinese in February 2012). At 19, Hutcherson starred and was co-exec prod on Detention (released in March 2011) with Shanley Caswell. The film is an agreeable fright fest.

Then he was cast to play Peeta Mellark in the film version of The Hunger Games (released in March 2012). Hutcherson impressed many with his performance, and the film was a huge hit. Suddenly, theatre owners were loving this guy.

Hutcherson took the lead in the remake of Red Dawn (which played the Chinese in November 2012) with Chris Hemsworth, then appeared in the second installment of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which played the Chinese in November 2013).

Josh was a co-executive producer and starred in Escobar: Paradise Lost (released in June 2015) with Benicio Del Toro. Then, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (released in November 2014) came out.

Hutcherson and his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth were asked to make their imprints in the Chinese Theatre Forecourt. Three weeks later, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (which played the Chinese in November 2015) opened, and the series was over.

Hutcherson played Vinnie in director James Franco's film of John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle (released in February 2017) with Nat Wolff, and played Philip / Denny in The Disaster Artist (which had its West Coast Premiere at the Chinese on Sunday, November 12, 2017) with director / star James Franco.

He has played Josh Futterman in 17 episodes of Future Man with Eliza Coupe, aired over Hulu from November 2017 to January 2019.
 
 
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. The Hunger Games Forecourt ceremony, Saturday, October 31, 2015. From left to right: Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. The Hunger Games Forecourt ceremony, Saturday, October 31, 2015. Jennifer Lawrence does her signature.
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. The Hunger Games Forecourt ceremony, Saturday, October 31, 2015. Liam Hemsworth considers writing in his last name.
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. The Hunger Games Forecourt ceremony, Saturday, October 31, 2015. Josh Hutcherson gives the handprint aspect his all.
 
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