"Anything with Woody as Haymitch. I think that may have been the most perfectly cast part in the movie." -– Amy Oztan
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So, you have “The Hunger Games” coming up. When you were first approached to play Haymitch, were you at all hesitant? Because, on the surface, before you get to learn about Haymitch, it doesn’t seem like your type of thing. He is a complex character.
“No, I was interested because I knew Gary Ross was doing it. I didn’t know about the books until after they offered it. And I took a while to respond. But then I started reading one of the books and, the first book, I really liked. But, I thought about it and I just didn’t think — I didn’t think there was enough to do. Do you know what I mean? It’s not a huge part or anything. I’m happy to do smaller parts — I don’t have a problem with that — but it just didn’t seem like there was enough to do. I turned it down, but then Gary called me and said, “Dude, you’ve got to do this. I don’t have a second choice. You’ve got to play Haymitch.” And I was like, “Well, when you put it that way… let’s do this damn thing.” And I’m so glad that I did, because, you know, it’s really was one of the best experiences and just a great group.”