Liam Hemsworth has said that he wanted to play Gale in The Hunger Games.
The Last Song star revealed that he felt he identified with Gale more than the novel's other protagonist Peeta (who will be played by Josh Hutcherson).
"It was always for Gale," Hemsworth told Vanity Fair. "I read the script, and Gale definitely felt more right than Peeta."
He went on to say that he was most intrigued by Gale's helplessness.
"What I thought was really interesting was - and it's one of the hardest things to think about - one of your best friends, or someone in your family, basically going off to war," Hemsworth said. "And that's kind of what happens to Gale in the first book."
He explained: "As much as he's against the government and wants to stand up to them, he really is helpless. He can't do anything about it. I just thought it was such a gut-wrenching kind of thought."