Alexander Ludwig talks The Hunger Games, Cato, fans, career and more

In an interview with, Alexander Ludwig discusses The Hunger Games, his thoughts on Cato, going to University, career and lots more. Check out excerpts below:

2) ‘The Hunger Games’ is still playing in theatres and is one of the biggest films of this year. What was it like to play such an integral role in this film and how has the experience affected you?

I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of such a phenomenon and I am really happy that the fans felt that we honoured this incredible story. I think for me personally, HG [Hunger Games] has opened doors and has given me access to meet extremely talented directors, actors and producers.

3) Although Cato’s character seems to be villainous upon introduction, he is really a victim of circumstance.  How did you get into the mindset of this character and do you have any similarities to him in real life? 

Becoming Cato was a process that I undertook in a very serious way. Gary Ross and I collaborated a great deal in terms of the direction that we felt Cato should take. It was through that collaboration that the final scene emerged as a means of showing the audience the humane yet twisted side of the character. Cato was a broken man at the end of the movie, and although I don’t have personal experience that parallels his journey, I did relate to his loss and resolution. I enjoyed exploring the dark recesses of his mind.

5) Can you tell us about any upcoming roles or future projects you have in the works?

I’m currently working on ‘Grown Ups 2’ with Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock and a ton of other amazing actors. I play David Spade’s son, and I am having a blast. I have never met a more cohesive and fun group of guys than the Happy Madison team. They are the best.

7) After achieving similar success, many young actors would be inclined not to go to college. Why was it important to you to enroll in university and what do you study?

I was always brought up to think that University was going to be a part of my life. Attending USC (University of Southern California) is one of the best experiences I have ever had and I’d encourage everyone to give college a shot.

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