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Duh: Robert Pattinson Says He's Not Going To Be In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 28, 2012 12:07 PM
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While he hasn't yet won over all his critics (reviews for "Cosmopolis" were mostly pleasantly surprised about his performance without raving about it), you have to give it to Robert Pattinson for making smart, bold choices. The actor's mostly been tied up on the "Twilight" movies for the past few years, but now he's admirably taking some risky and diverse roles, including parts in the costume drama "Bel Ami" from theater veteran Declan Donnellan, a thriller about the hunt for Saddam Hussein entitled "Mission: Blacklist," another picture with Cronenberg, and a team-up with Guy Pearce on "The Rover," from "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod.

But rumors started to fly in the last few days, after a report from Think McFly Think, that Pattinson might have another franchise picture on the way. According to the site, Lionsgate wanted Pattinson to play Finnick Odair, one of the major additions to "Catching Fire," the upcoming sequel to megahit "The Hunger Games" (recently retitled, simply enough, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). Odair is a former victor and fan favorite in the Games who comes across Katniss and Peeta when *spoiler* they're forced to compete against other past champions in a special edition of the games *end spoiler*. And on one hand, Pattinson would make sense in the role: he's obviously in the same demographic, and he worked with the film's director, Francis Lawrence, on last year's "Water For Elephants."

But mostly, it made no sense whatsoever. Pattinson is only just getting out of a franchise, he's shown no real inclination to play second fiddle, he's not a good match for the part, and "The Hunger Games" has already outgrossed every "Twilight" movie by at least $100 million (although it's a touch behind "New Moon" internationally). Plus, they share the same audience for the most part anyway, so Pattinson's involvement wouldn't be a particular boon to the series. And indeed, the actor has confirmed that he's had no approach from the studio, telling USA Today that "I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in 'The Hunger Games.' I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent. [He] was like no one's going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance."

So there we have it. Twihards and... whatever you call 'Hunger Games' fans won't be united. Not a surprise so much as a confirmation of what should be obvious to anyone with half a brain, but still. We hope that Think McFly Think were fooled by a convincing prankster rather than just making it up for attention, but either way, there's not gonna be any R-Patz in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Besides, he's much too busy getting ready to star in a film about The Band...

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15 Comments

  • Megan | June 17, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    Hahahahaha xD ! thank gosh rob isnt going to be in the hunger games.. because that would just make him very stupid like the rest of the hunger games cast.. hunger games can suck it because they suck.

  • Kayla | June 17, 2012 12:46 PMReply

    Hunger Games can go suck my fucking dick.

  • Hannah | June 17, 2012 12:45 PMReply

    Wth?! people need to shutup & stop hating on Rob. He did nothing wrong & im actually very happy he isnt gonna be in the hunger games because that movie sucks ass. It's so predictable & the story doesnt make sense whatsoever so people can shut there fucking mouths & stop being haters because rob will get farther in life than anyone of you haters. If you are a hater why the fuck are you wasting your time reading this anyways? Twilight & Harry Potter fucking kick the hunger games ass so it should really stop trying to be good because no one gives a shit about the hunger games. Twilight & Harry Potter. Nuff said.

  • Jenna | May 29, 2012 4:12 AMReply

    Rob Pattinson received very rave reviews about his Cosmopolis performance in almost every movie magazines, & some newspapers in Paris, & other countries, sites & film blogs like Variety, thompson on holywood, Film4, to name a few. Cosmopolis blow your mind and Cannes was amazing.

  • hahaha | May 29, 2012 12:35 AMReply

    The Hunger Games is a hell of a lot better than the melodramatic Twilight. Robert Pattinson is 26 years old and best known for starring as a 17 year old sparkling vampire. Why did he call his agent to ask if he didn't care? He should be so lucky to be in a movie with good reviews because Bel Ami was as rotten as Twilight.

  • d | June 5, 2012 10:11 PM

    "Why did he call his agent to ask if he didn't care?" WTF? He said he was curious. Wouldn't you be curious if the press was reporting you'd been cast in a movie and you didn't know anything about it?

  • morons! | May 28, 2012 11:50 PMReply

    i think i speak for every normal person that loves and appreciates movies for what they are "fun and entertaining " . Unfortunately all the crazy teens that are so obsessed with Hunger Games are missing the point , well what do i expect they are after all children . Myself i can only take on kiddie franchise , Twilight was it and HG wasn't all that , and another thing he would never take that part even if he was right for it, so all of you Pattinson "Haters" [that's what they are called on the internet right !] don't take credit for this because obviously you all have been played by this blog "ThinkMcFlyThink"and all of you fell for it ... not too bright hey.. And for those that believe that Pattinson is a "dumbass" or make boring films he's laughing his boring ass all the way to the bank with a beautiful girlfriend and what do you have ?? , i say thank God i won't have to share an auditorium with you ..And to MIA, STEVE, and KRACKEN your ass must get jealous of all the shit that comes out of your mouth!!

  • oogle monster | May 29, 2012 7:37 PM

    A moron calling people morons... original! Also, he's not so much a dumbass as he is a giant block of wood.

  • Hahaha | May 29, 2012 12:38 AM

    ^^^^ This is Robert Pattinson's real problem.

  • Mia | May 28, 2012 5:25 PMReply

    I think I speak for everyone when I say: Thank God

  • Steve | May 28, 2012 3:40 PMReply

    Thank god! Robert pattinson is a dumbass and doesn't even come close to being a fit for Finnick.

  • George | May 28, 2012 4:12 PM

    The funny thing is that THG fans here have not yet caught on to the fact that those books are the Twilight romance in a different setting. Better filmaking has masked the same dumba** central premise. The books are the same childlike writing style and similarly get worse with each part.

  • kracken | May 28, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    He should stick to boring movies nobody wants to see. Oh wait..

  • Kk | May 30, 2012 7:26 AM

    He's making movies HE wants to do. He could easily make movies with
    Explosions and nothing else; fortunately he's no sell out. And fyi, there's an audience for the kinds of smart movies he's making. So why dont you just enjoy your mindless entertainment and leave us be k?

  • Julio | May 29, 2012 3:09 AM

    Hahahahaha!!!!! I see what you did there :)

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