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An Interview with Josh Hutcherson - CinemaDave

Jul. 13th, 2008 09:03 pm An Interview with Josh Hutcherson

While dining at Antonio's Restaurant, My old Driver's Ed instructor entered the room, Coach Mike Benanti. Of course I started having flashbacks to memories of when I was fifteen years old. The challenges that I was facing at that time; acne, learning my lines for the school drama - **R.U.R** and finding a chaperone to practice my driving skills under my learner's permit. That was almost thirty years ago, twice the lifetime of Josh Hutcherson, the 15 year old actor who is currently starring in "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a Summer movie that opened with a twenty million dollar box office gross last weekend.

Some things remain consistent for a 15 year old young adult, Josh has started the countdown to getting his driver's license. Hutcherson commented;

“It is different where I live, it takes longer unfortunately. At age sixteen you get your learner's permit and at seventeen you get to drive yourself.”

Hutcherson lives with his parents and younger brother Connor in Kentucky, far from the temptations lurking for young adults in Hollywood, California. When he is not filming movies, Josh can be seen on green grass playing soccer or on the hard wood shooting hoops. I asked him if there were any peer pressure from his classmates in Kentucky;

“Most kids are cool with it, yet there are some who are mean. The friends I have now have been my friends since I was little..”

Josh Hutcherson has been making films for most of his life. He has costarred with Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines in "RV" and Tim Robbins portrayed his father in "Zathura." Josh is the leading man in "Bridge to Terabithia," costarring Annasophia Robb. Despite starring in such literary cinema, Hutcherson admitted that he is not much of a reader;
”...but does study his scripts from movie to movie.”

With "Zathura" and "Bridge to Terabithia," "Journey to the Center of the Earth" marks Josh Hutchensen's third feature working with the green screen of special effects.

“You have to ad lib. You are staring at a mark on the wall. It is more technical and more tedious. You have to pretend that you are being chased by a giant albino dinosaur. When actually you are running on a treadmill with Brendan Fraser."

Josh did admit that;
""Journey to the Center of the Earth" is my most favorite and most fun movie to work on and to watch.”

As for his future in film, Josh will be costarring in "Cirque du Freak" with John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek and Willem Dafoe. His private future may involve going to college after high school graduation, with a major yet to be decided.

While interviewing Josh Hutcherson at the Boca Raton Hotel and Resort last April, I was impressed by this young man's poise and candor, something I wish I had when I was fifteen years old. With films like "Zathura," "Bridge to Terabithia," and now "Journey to the Center of the Earth," in his back pocket, Josh has starred in three mainstream motion pictures that are based on books that are required reading for most public schools. This means that when he is 45 years old, Josh will be receiving e-mail from students who are his current age, sweet 15.

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