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The Hunger Games finds its Gamemaker in Wes Bentley

May. 5, 2011by: Paul Tassi

How many roles are in this movie? It feels like I hear a new cast announcement for THE HUNGER GAMES every day.

But this one seems important, as the role of Seneca Crane has been cast, where Crane is the head gamemaker who creates the titular tournament. I would guess this is a villain role, but when I tried to look it up, I was plagued with spoilers from the book that I don't want to ruin the movie for me, so I'll leave it to you guys to confirm that.

The man who got the part is Wes Bentley. Not exactly a household name, but you will remember him best as the creepy kid from AMERICAN BEAUTY with a fascination with plastic bags. He hasn't done a whole lot since, with his most notable roles being in GHOST RIDER and JONAH HEX. Hmm.

Fans of the book, does he seem right for the part to you? And how many people are there in this damn story? I think I'm going on HUNGER GAMES hiatus until they give us a poster or trailer.

Extra Tidbit: This dude has a face that just always looks pissed. I can relate. It's the damn eyebrows. I'M NOT MAD IT'S JUST HOW MY FACE LOOKS GODDAMNIT.
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10:44AM on 05/06/2011
Seneca Wallace doesn't play a huge part in the book, but it's an interesting casting choice. I hope this means that Woody gets to be Haymitch!
Seneca Wallace doesn't play a huge part in the book, but it's an interesting casting choice. I hope this means that Woody gets to be Haymitch!
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5:51PM on 05/05/2011
I could see him in a Norman Bates kind of role but not as a full on villain like this...it just doesn't seem to work.
I could see him in a Norman Bates kind of role but not as a full on villain like this...it just doesn't seem to work.
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5:26PM on 05/05/2011

I agree he's no villain.

But to be fair, he's become better as an actor overall since he's come off heroin. He wasn't absolutely dreadful in Jonah Hex, which considering most of the rest of the cast were is quite an achievement.
But to be fair, he's become better as an actor overall since he's come off heroin. He wasn't absolutely dreadful in Jonah Hex, which considering most of the rest of the cast were is quite an achievement.
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4:15PM on 05/05/2011

uggh

What are producer's hard on with casting him as a bad guy. He looks and comes across as a 15 yr old with facial hair. P2 and Ghost rider anyone?
What are producer's hard on with casting him as a bad guy. He looks and comes across as a 15 yr old with facial hair. P2 and Ghost rider anyone?
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2:32PM on 05/05/2011
Just finished the book on Monday; it was awesome. But Wes is a little young for being Seneca imo, and all I can think of when I think of this guy is the shiteous Ghost Rider movie... I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Just finished the book on Monday; it was awesome. But Wes is a little young for being Seneca imo, and all I can think of when I think of this guy is the shiteous Ghost Rider movie... I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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2:35PM on 05/05/2011
Lets hope he's a little more "beauty" than "hex"
Lets hope he's a little more "beauty" than "hex"
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