The Hairy Side Of ‘Hunger Games': Our Interview With Seneca Crane’s Beard

If you caught “The Hunger Games” trailer yesterday, you no doubt noted the presence of some major, A-list acting talent. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson—the list goes on and on! But in the wake of all the big-name buzz, there’s one surprise subject that everyone is talking about—a rising star, previously unknown, who just 24 hours after the release of “The Hunger Games” trailer has gotten his own Facebook fan page and become the subject of several new internet memes.

We are, of course, referring to Seneca Crane’s beard.

Close-cropped and geometric, the beard sported by Seneca Crane (played by Wes Bentley) is the hot topic on everyone’s radar. And today, Hollywood Crush has an EXCLUSIVE interview with the most sought-after new personality in showbiz…

No, not Wes Bentley. The beard.
Please join us in welcoming Bearderson McBeard.

Hollywood Crush: Thanks for joining us, Mr. McBeard.
B McB: Please, my father is Mr. Beard. Call me Beardie.

Okay then, Beardie it is. So tell us, Beardie, what sort of roles have you played before now? And how did you land such a pivotal part in one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2012?
I’ve done a few small films before, mostly playing evil beards—I get called to audition pretty much any time they’re casting a beard for, say, the Devil. But I’ll tell you, when it came to “The Hunger Games,” I didn’t think I had a chance. They had an open call for unusual facial hair, and I was in the audition room between a Salvador Dali mustache, a Fu Manchu goatee and this just, like, epic neckbeard. It was really intimidating. But after I read for the part, it was like the whole vibe in the room changed. I had this amazing feeling that I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

So when you say that you read for the part…
Oh, right. I mean, I didn’t actually have to read, you know. I’m a beard. I just attached myself to Wes Bentley’s face while he read the part and tried to hold it together.

Speaking of Wes Bentley, what’s it been like to work with him?
I’ve always admired Wes as an actor, so of course I was thrilled to learn I’d be working alongside him. And Wes, I mean, he’s done a lot of movies, but he’s never actually worked with facial hair before, so it was a new thing for both of us. I admit, it was a little awkward at first—I mean, it’s the first day of filming, I’ve just met the guy, and I have to just plaster myself all over his face—but we got comfortable pretty fast. By the time we were done shooting, he was touching and twirling me so easily that it was like I was actually his beard.

What are your worst fears?
I’m not afraid of much, but I do have a recurring nightmare involving the Schick Quattro.

What advice do you have for any other beards who are hoping to make it in showbiz?
Just keep dreaming, man. And don’t be afraid to be yourself! I mean, look at me: I’m a weirdly-shaped, pointy, chin-to-sideburn freakfest, and now I’m on the big screen in a blockbuster flick. If I can make it, anyone can!

And now that you’ve gotten your big break, what are you hoping to do next?
Let’s just say that I can totally see myself on the face of a James Bond villain.

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