While The Hunger Games movie franchise has packed its bags with Mockingjay Part 2, news of a miscasting has surfaced, several years since the first film was released.
Producer Nina Jacobson has recently admitted to having miscast a character from the first Hunger Games movie. Was it a mistake leaving Katniss Everdeen in the hands of Jennifer Lawrence, or is Jacobson referring to someone else entirely?
As it turns out, Jacobson had mistakenly casted the wrong cat for Primrose Everdeen’s feline friend, and it has always bothered the producer since day one. In the books, Buttercup — Prim’s cat — was described as muddy-looking, with a color reminiscent to the actual flower. However, the cat casted to play Buttercup was black and white.
“I don’t know how that happened because somehow or another, I missed the casting of that cat,” admitted Jacobson to People. “I get to set the day that we’re shooting, and the cat just shows up and it’s a big black-and-white cat. And I was like, ‘What’s that in doing here? That’s not Buttercup!’ And I couldn’t get a new cat!”
Jacobson shared that even Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins was admittedly bothered by the feline miscasting.
“I was really obsessed with it for a long time,” Jacobson added. “You know, ‘Can we reshoot that? Can we digitally alter the cat?’”
Fortunately, the whole cat fiasco was resolved when Francis Lawrence joined the team as director and was allegedly open to recasting a new cat for Buttercup.
At this, Jacobson shared, “I called Suzanne [Collins] and said, ‘I met a really wonderful director, and good news: He wants to recast the cat!’”
For everyone’s sake, this is what the REAL Buttercup looks like: