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The three stars of The Hunger Games — Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth — kicked off their tour of America's finest shopping malls on Saturday at the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles. As you can imagine, the crowd was subdued and exceedingly polite, calmly engaging the young actors in conversations of dystopian literature and offering nuanced comparisons between Suzanne Collins' trilogy and Battle Royale.
I kid. They totally went cray.
A Q&A with the cast was scheduled for a little before 6 p.m., so naturally the line formed at 8 p.m. the day prior. (Admittedly, most of the crowd arrived at the more reasonable hour of 4 a.m. But then again, some of them were traveling from Montana.) Since the first hundred fans in line would nab wristbands to a meet-and-greet, things got cutthroat. Thankfully, no one had access to pepper spray, but there was fighting, cutting in line, and apparently feigned nosebleeds in the scuffle. The cast signing was also marked by bawling girls screaming, "I touched Liam!"
They may have been a little hysterical, but credit where credit's due: the fans had some pun-tastic homemade signs for Hutcherson, including "We loaf Peeta," "I Want Some Peeta Bread," and, my personal favorite, "You Make My Heart Go Peeta-Patter." Also of note? Jennifer Lawrence's response to the fan question, "If you could be any other character in the movie, who would you be?" She said Wes Bentley's beard, proving that she is the coolest.
With any luck, this mall tour will finally give The Hunger Games the promotion and public awareness it so desperately needs.