1. He’ll bring the funny. And that’s important, because before Haymitch turns out to be a major player in the Panem uprising, he’s… um, kind of a tool. John’s comic expertise and unparalleled bumbling abilities make him an excellent dystopian oaf.
2. …BUT, he’s a serious actor. Like, Academy Award-nominated serious (for his role in “Chicago,” by the way, where he also played a comic sad-sack. Dude’s got talent!). Haymitch’s surprising and unexpected complexity is one of the things that makes him a great character, and John’s ability to combine Will Ferrell-esque buffoonery with a hidden well of Endless Sadness will come in handy for the big reveal.
3. He looks the part. Oh yes, he does. Sure, Haymitch is meant to have been a one-time hottie—but years of hitting the bottle take their toll, y’all. So by the time the 74th Hunger Games roll around, Haymitch’s bad habits will have turned him from a lithe, lean killing machine into a doughy old drunk with a face like mashed potatoes.
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