Meet Hunger Games' Star Dayo Okeniyi

Meet Hunger Games' Star Dayo Okeniyi

The Nigerian-born actor went on his first big audition...and ended up in what may be the year's biggest film

Starrene Rhett Rocque

by Starrene Rhett Rocque, March 26, 2012

Meet Hunger Games' Star Dayo Okeniyi

televised. It’s all over Panem and they pick these young kids between ages 13 and 18, and I’m the lucky guy chosen from District 11. There are kids who feel privileged to go to this... but Thresh is not one of them. He’s not bloodthirsty and he’s not going for the glory or fame. He’s just trying to make it back home to his mom and his sister. 

EBONY: How involved was Suzanne Collins with the screen adaptation?

​DO: She was one of the executive producers and she definitely had a hand in the whole thing along with Gary Ross who is our director...she’s had a huge hand in making this thing come to life and she definitely had her say on how she wanted things to be translated, which is huge because there’s a lot of fans of these series of books who want to get that same experience they got when they read the books. They want to get that same high, so for them to just know that the person who came up with the cannon (a type of P.A. system) in the movie is the person who came up with the series of books is great. That was the best choice Lionsgate made. 

EBONY: Some people are comparing enormity of this series to Twilight. Is that a fair assessment?

​DO: I just want us to make a great film first. I think that that was everyone’s dream−to make the best film possible. If it ends up being the phenomena that Twilight is, that’s amazing. But I don’t think they said, “Lets make the next Twilight,” but I think people are jumping the gun a little bit. It’s so easy because we have our three main leads, it’s one girl and two guys and the love triangle in our movie is by no means what the book is about. The book is about humanity and it’s set in a very realistic world. With Twilight, you have vampires and werewolves and things that are out of reality but or movie is set in the world we live in. it’s a very real movie with real characters going through real trials, so if it ends up being the next Twilight then I’m extremely flattered about that but that wasn’t our intention. We just want to make a great film.

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? If so, did you enjoy it? If you haven't seen it, will you? Speak! 

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