I know it isn’t official yet, but my husband informed me today that John C. Reilly is in talks to play Haymitch Abernathy in the movie version of The Hunger Games.
To Hollywood and director Gary Ross: THIS IS NOT OKAY. This is indeed a DIRE situation.
I love when actors step outside their comfort zone and surprise us as viewers with their talent and versatility. However, this is the guy who makes fart jokes with Will Ferrell and as of late plays a 41 year old man who talks like he’s 12. Sorry John C. Reilly, I can’t take you seriously as a wise, old, cynical drunk. Yes, I realize the stupidity of that sentence, but I don’t care. I am indignant as a consumer.
And dammit, I want Robert Downey Jr. as Haymitch. I’m not hiding my favoritism.
I’m certain even Suzanne Collins herself had RDJ in mind when she was writing Haymitch.
Feel free to disagree with me in the comments, I can’t promise I’ll play fair.