Winston-Salem actor happy with role in ‘Hunger Games’

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Ian Nelson (Credit: The Winston-Salem Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — “The Hunger Games” — a dystopian sci-fi adventure film that was shot in western North Carolina — has already earned more than $360 million in domestic box office sales. Counting foreign ticket sales, it has earned more than $577 million.

“The response is pretty incredible,” said Ian Nelson, a 17-year-old actor from Winston-Salem who appears in the film. “When you’re making a movie, you don’t think about when it gets in theaters.”

In the film, Ian plays one of 24 “tributes,” kids ranging from 12 to 18 years old who are forced to participate in a battle to the death during an annual contest held by a totalitarian government.

Ian’s character, who is not named in the film or in the book that inspired it, is one of the two tributes from District 3. In the book, his character is good with technology, a skill that comes in handy when he has to rig some land mines. That detail is not depicted in the film, though he is featured in a scene involving equipment that has been booby-trapped with those mines.

“My role’s not that big,” he said, but he was happy that much of the footage he shot made it to the screen, rather than getting left on the cutting-room floor.

“There are no small roles, only small actors,” he said. “You make the most of what you have.”

This article was written by Tim Clodfelter and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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