'Catching Fire' Star Liam Hemsworth Felt Weird Getting Whipped

Liam Hemsworth has been dealing with plenty of "Paranoia" lately. And that's not just a sad pun referencing his upcoming thriller. (But it is that, too.) In all fairness, you'd be watching your back too if you had Panem Peacekeepers at the ready to whip it raw. Which is exactly what happens to Liam's character, Gale, in "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire"—an experience the actor recalled recently to MTV News.

"Getting whipped—it was interesting," Liam said of finding the proper mindset for the harrowing scene. "It was weird 'cause we had a couple hundred extras on set, and I spent awhile in makeup getting my back done with all this interesting prosthetics. I think we shot it for about three or four days. I was tied to a pole and screaming and getting whipped, and after awhile, it starts to wear on you a bit—just the yelling and exhaustion of it all. It's an odd thing to turn up to work and get whipped for a few days. For most people."

Indeed, Liam! But, thankfully, the 23-year-old had a top-notch director to rely on—one whose career he'd been following for a while.

"Francis [Lawrence] is—I've been a big fan of him since 'Pleasantville.' I used to watch that movie a long time ago, and then 'I Am Legend.' So I've been a really big fan of his for a while, and I was really excited when he came aboard, and he's exactly the kind of director I want to be working with at this point," Liam said. "He's a great guy. I really enjoyed working with him. He's very intelligent, very well-prepared, relaxed. You feel comfortable with him on set. He's not a manic director. He's not freaking out all the time. It's amazing how much he's taken on his shoulders. He has this whole kind of franchise on his shoulders now. He couldn't be more relaxed about it. But he's so well prepared. I don't know how he does it. Hats off to him."

Are you prepared for Liam's grisly "Catching Fire" scene?