Josh Hutcherson was in one of the biggest film franchises of all time. Then he disappeared.

Among that good was the reaction to his performances. Hutcherson was beloved by fans as Peeta, and he also commandeered critical and audience respect for his acting.

By the time of the final two films (Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2), Hutcherson was even the subject of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of ‘hijacked Peeta’ (for the uninitiated, this meant he was basically tortured and brainwashed into believing that Katniss, played by Lawrence, was hell-bent on killing him).

Nothing eventuated, because the Oscars very, very rarely acknowledge young adult films, but it speaks to the respect Hutcherson established.

Then, with the four movies wrapped up, and as Lawrence and Hemsworth’s stars continued to rise, Hutcherson’s profile diminished.

It turns out this was a conscious decision.

In 2020, he described the experience with The Hunger Games to Entertainment Weekly as “like my college”.

“That was like such a coming-of-age time for me,” he said.

“It was worlds apart from anything I have ever experienced. It’s like a double-edged sword. Obviously the benefit of having more projects come your way is great. But when I set out to become an actor at eight, being famous and being recognised was not on my radar. I just wanted to make movies.

“That naivety followed me until The Hunger Games slapped me in the face. It’s hard for anybody to digest, especially being a kid from Kentucky.