#75 Fireside Chat: The Wright Stuff Sunday 09 September, 2012

“The Wright Stuff”

If you missed tonight’s live show, NO WORRIES! You can listen to it recorded by clicking here OR using the embedded player below!

Episode 75 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, September 10, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal from Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Kait from Victor’s Village, and Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty!

Happy Third Quarter Quell episode to us!

– We’ll start off by talking about last week’s “electrifying” news: We have a Beetee! After two weeks of no casting news whatsoever, we learned on Friday that acclaimed actor Jeffrey Wright will be playing our beloved Volts. Please leave us a comment letting us know what you think about Jeffrey!

– Next, we’ll help Ellie from Down with the Capitol make an exciting announcement that is sure to rock the Hunger Games fandom! You will absolutely NOT want to miss this.

– To conclude, we’ll pull fun and interesting questions and topics out of our trusty grab bag. Update: The questions/topics we pulled out are listed below.

“If you could play any character in the Hunger Games movies, who would it be and why?”
“Did Peeta’s father die still loving Katniss’s mother?” (Crackpot Theory from Emily)
“You’re in the woods and a female bear with her cubs wanders into your campsite. What should you do?” (Survival Question)

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Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
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Kait: @VictorsVillage
Ariel: @Madam_Pince


  • Maia says:

    I can’t wait to see them together I am so happy for this casting Amanda and Jeffrey are fantastic actors, I said before they are so different looking I, my understanding is that’s Wiress and Beetee are somewhat similar looking, so I wonder how they are going to do that

  • Katie says:

    I was so excited to hear the news about Jeffrey Wright, because I’ve been a fan of his for some years. I know he will not only do Beetee justice, but will add some fantastic depth and complexity to the role. His casting is another coup for the franchise, because I consider him to be in the same vein of classy character actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Stanley Tucci. The quality of the production has just been lifted yet another notch!

  • beetee is the one character that i really wanted to see cast right for this movie, and i had a very particular mental image of what i wanted him to be like, sort of like the rest of the fandom did with finnick. as soon as i saw the announcement i thought back to his movie source code, which i saw just a few weeks ago, and really loved. his character there was great, and had very distinct shades of beetee, so i can’t wait to see how jeffrey wright takes those shades and applies them to this role to make the character his own. he’s a really great actor and i’m very happy he was cast. 🙂

  • Satsuma says:

    I really like this casting. Wright has played a nerdy intellectual type in the past, specifically, Dr. Rutledge in Source Code. Though Rutledge is more of a sinister “mad scientist” type, and is portrayed as a “good guy” at first but turns out to be a rather grey character. That being said, Beetee himself turns out to have a dark/ruthless side, such as the bombs he works on with Gale, and he wasn’t a Victor by accident. I think that, much like PSH for Plutarch, the casting people are definitely thinking ahead to Mockingjay when they chose Wright, knowing that he could play Beetee as a much more well-rounded character than just a stereotypical tech geek.

    Also, while I know the race issue is usually too controversial for you guys to address on air, it did seem there was some quasi-racist, or even blatantly racist response to this casting, which is sad. =( I don’t think people just saying that they didn’t picture Beetee is black is racist by itself, but someone people seem WAY too upset about this, and you wonder if they’re reacting based on the stereotype that Black people are stupid, which would be really sad if that was the case.

  • Anna says:

    When I first saw the casting, I was a bit disappointed, but not by the fact that a black actor was cast but by the age. He looked a little too young for my image since in the book he is supposed to be older than Wiress, but I have since definitely warmed up to him. I think what people need to remember is that while he may not look exactly as you pictured, he, like Sam, must’ve nailed the audition. They don’t cast purely on looks, so he must’ve made an amazing Beetee.

    As worried as I am that another problem will arise like the castings of Amandla and Dayo, I hope people have realized how small of a deal it is after seeing Amandla and Dayo give absolutely perfect performances. Maybe people will now be able to embrace the fact that what really matters is how the actor embodies the character, not the color of their skin.

    Bottom line: Jeremy is a talented, experienced actor, and I think he will be great as Beetee. If you can’t get over how he looks, well, then, don’t go see the movie. We don’t need your ignorant comments anyway.

  • Kalina, but you can call me Delly says:

    He is not at all who I pictured, but that’s ok. I’d rather them cast a good actor that doesn’t look like who I pictured rather than they cast a bad actor who looks like who I pictured. I’m sure he’ll do a great job! 🙂

  • also, i just noticed the title, and i have to say i am loving it. it’s definitely bringing me back to my childhood, haha. 😀

  • Codi says:

    I couldn’t help but picture him a little older, but maybe they’ll put makeup on him to age him a bit like I was hoping for David Tennant. I’m not bothered by it, though. The casting director hasn’t let us down so far, so I’m absolutely certain. Congratulations to Wright! Looking forward to seeing you in Catching Fire AND both Mockingjay movies! 😀

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