Josh Hutcherson has had a strange start to his career. He starred in a number of major movies as a young actor, in numerous smaller roles. He was in films as eclectic as “American Splendor,” “The Polar Express” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” before he finally broke out in 2010. Now, in 2012, Hutcherson stars in two of the year’s most action packed films including the new release, “Red Dawn,” reinventing himself as a very different kind of action hero.
Here is a look at the interesting career of Josh Hutcherson.
“The Kids are All Right”
While Hutcherson was already making waves in some of his young adult roles, he completely broke out in the 2010 indie hit “The Kids are All Right.” In the movie, he stars as Laser, the son of a lesbian couple who wants to learn who his biological donor father was. The movie picked up four Oscar nominations, including acting nominations for Annette Bening as one of his moms and Mark Ruffalo as his biological dad. It also helped Hutcherson rise above other child actors of his era.
“The Hunger Games”
After returning to the “Journey” movie series in 2012, he appeared in the adaption of “The Hunger Games” as Peeta Mellark, one of the major characters from the book series. Much like “Twilight” before him, the role made Hutcherson a huge star. While many still focused on Liam Hemsworth, who had a smaller role, fans of the books know that Peeta is the major character in the series that wins over the hearts of the readers and Hutcherson has set himself up for a role that might define his career.
That is great news because “Red Dawn” does him little favors. He takes on a similar role in “Red Dawn” that he does in “The Hunger Games,” as a reluctant fighter. In both movies, Hutcherson plays a young man not suited for battle who ends up buckling down and learning how to fight. The best part of “Red Dawn” is the acting, and while Josh Peck is the real star of the movie, Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth steal the show and Hutcherson proved that he is a star to be reckoned with.
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