So what did the famous young fellas have to say about their new life and look-changing roles?
"I don't want to be the actor who's like, 'Yeah, man, the role is so me.' But it is!" Hutcherson excitedly explained to E.W. "I am Peeta. His humility, his self-deprecating humor, his way he can just talk to anybody in any room."
Well, well, well, sounds like someone is very please with himself these days! Good thing Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins totally agrees.
"People may get thrown off by, say, the color of an actor's hair," explained Collins of her casting choices. "But I tell you, if Josh had been bright purple and had six-foot wings and gave that audition, I'd have been like, ‘Cast him! We can work around the wings.' He was that good."
And H.G. director Gary Ross has the same kudos for the film's other leading man, Liam.
"On first glance he's such a hunk that it's easy to just sort of ascribe a hunk-like simplicity to him," dished the director. "But this is a phenomenally subtle actor."
Turns out that Hutcherson and Hemsworth totally bonded on set during their six weeks filming together ,and after a jaunt to visit Josh's grandma in Kentucky together, the onscreen rivals have decided to look for an apartment together in real life in Los Angeles.
"I think it's going to blow people's minds when they see that Peeta and Gale are actually best friends in real life," says Hutcherson. And their third musketeer? J.Lawrence, duh.
"There is a brother-sister quality to them which I think is actually great for the dynamic in the relationship," says Ross of the Katniss-Peeta relaysh. "For Katniss, Peeta is an acquired taste…not the hot guy that she's into in the beginning."
And nowhere did the bro/sis relaysh come out more than the on-the-set pranks between castmates.
"We have this fake dummy on the set, this really gnarled-up, scary-looking thing," Josh says of his antics with J.L. "The other day I put it in her bathroom trailer, and she told me she actually peed her pants, she was so scared. I'm sure she's going to pay me back."
Good thing this cast seems to be in the midst of a totally adorable and slighty too much lovefest, ‘cause they only have three more flicks to film!