Long before actor Alexander Ludwig was cast as the brutal District 2 tribute Cato in The Hunger Games, the 19-year-old actor was considered for another role: good-natured Peeta, Katniss' trusty partner from District 11.
"I started traveling Europe with a couple buddies after my senior year, and while traveling Europe, I made it my goal to physically sculpt my body so I could portray the character. I was really getting ready for that role. When it came down to it, it was between me, Josh Hutcherson and one other kid," Ludwig tells BULLETT's Spring issue.
Director Gary Ross felt Ludwig's talents were better suited for another role, "and Josh really did a great job of portraying Peeta's overall essence," Ludwig says.
"Usually I'm always playing the nice guy, and it's fun playing the bad guy once in a while, he tells BULLETT. "I got to really experiment with a side of me that I've never seen before and definitely the audience hasn't seen before, so it'll be really fun to see how people respond."