If you get chosen to be in The Hunger Games, you better be in tip top shape or you'll be the first to go!
The same can really be said about getting ready to do the movie — if you're chosen, you better be ready! Jena Malone was chosen, and let us just say… girl couldn't have been any more ready!
Here's what she said about how physically tough the role was and how she got ready for it:
Luckily, I did [an action] film called Sucker Punch a few years ago, which taught me what I could achieve in a gym. I lifted 235 pounds in preparation for that movie and my whole body transformed. The same stunt team—they’re called 87Eleven—got me in shape for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
We focused on martial arts–type training for the role of Johanna, which helped with stamina and endurance. I also did strength training with Patrick Murphy, who is kind of like a body sculptor. I trained five days a week for two months before we started filming, and then I kept it up during the months of shooting.
Five days a week for two months!! Holy shizz!!
So how did it work out? What changed for her? Here's what she said:
My posture. And my mood. Sometimes you just need to get sweaty in a gym and feel pain in your body like you’ve never felt before, and then learn how to rise above it. That was important, because the hardest thing about being Johanna was finding a way to carry her energy in my body for sixteen hours a day. She has this anger that is always bubbling at the surface.
Um, we're not sure we could ever be in the Hunger Games. Mostly because we don't want to be murdered for sport, but also because that sounds GRUELING!
Though, we bed the end results are totes worth it!
[Image via Lionsgate.]
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