“I’m not even hungover, but I was super-super-super-hungry,” Liam says, proudly pointing at the crumpled wrapper and bag on the floor of the Disney Queen of Tween’s $100,000 convertible.
Here’s Details writer Mickey Rapkin’s breakdown of Hemsworth’s Hunger Games character:
In The Hunger Games, Liam stars as Gale, a brooding man-child suffering a serious case of heartache when his girl, Katniss, is shipped off to compete in the killer Olympics. It’s Liam – not Jennifer Lawrence – who is this film’s ingénue, a pretty young thing watching the hero do battle.
Other than referring to Katniss as “his girl” (really?), Rapkin hits the nail on the head: Liam’s character occupies the unusual role of Female Protagonist’s (Potential) Boyfriend. But fret not, fashionable gentlemen readers! You needn’t be off-put by the relegation of a strapping young man to the sidelines:
“He’s so vital to understanding where she comes from,” says the film’s director, Gary Ross. “We need to feel for her and her connection to him.”
It’s true. Without Gale, who would even given a crap about that chick – what was her name again? Snapkiss? I mean, she’s cool and all, but Gale, he’s like, vital.
Gentlemen, listen up:
Katniss is strong, smart, brave, and loyal. She is a fucking badass protagonist. Yes, she has lady parts and you have man parts, but guys, seriously: YOU ARE ALLOWED TO IDENTIFY WITH HER.