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I Genuinely Can’t Watch "The Hunger Games" The Same Way Again After Reading These BTS Facts

May the odds — and these facts — be ever in your favor!

It's been 10 years since The Hunger Games debuted in theaters and took the world by storm, so we're going to celebrate with some cool facts you may or may not know about the movie franchise!

1. The concept for The Hunger Games was inspired by reality TV and the Iraq War.

Caesar raising Katniss's arm in victory

2. Several big-name actors auditioned for the role of Katniss Everdeen — which ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence.

Shailene Woodley, Saoirse Ronan, and Hailee Steinfeld

3. Jennifer was asked to lose weight for the role, but she refused because she didn't want young girls to be exposed to a character who was "unobtainable and thin."

Katniss hunched and armed

4. Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig initially auditioned for the role of Peeta Mellark, which ultimately went to Josh Hutcherson.

Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Alexander Ludwig arm in arm

5. Jennifer was reportedly paid $26 million for the trilogy franchise.

Jennifer in a sleeveless dress in front of a Hunger Games poster

6. An interest in archery dramatically increased around the world after The Hunger Games made its feature debut.

Katniss using a bow and arrow amid trees

7. David Henrie was in the final running for the role of Gale.

David on the red carpet

8. Liam's older brother Chris Hemsworth helped him land the role of Gale.

Liam and Chris smile at each other

9. Producer Nina Jacobson was "obsessed" with The Hunger Games books.

Nina on the red carpet

10. Head hair designer Linda Flowers spent $30,000 on Katniss's lace-front wigs.

Jennifer as Katniss being filmed

11. Linda created over 100 braided styles for the cast.

Katniss with a long braid

12. Katniss is named after a plant.

The camera focuses on Katniss in a crowd

13. Jennifer would purposely make her breath smell bad before kissing Liam.

Katniss and Gale looking at each other in the grass

14. Jennifer and Liam also shared some pretty pleasant kisses offscreen.

Jennifer and Liam smiling at each other

15. Woody Harrelson used to tease Jennifer about her Oscar.

Haymitch holds Katniss's shoulders

16. Jennifer went deaf in one ear while filming.

Jennifer smiling on the red carpet

17. But that wasn't the only time a cast member got hurt on set. Sam Claflin, Josh, and Liam all received medical attention while filming.

Katniss and Peeta stand in front of a microphone

18. The Hunger Games franchise has a connection to Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Avril Lavigne.

19. A "swear jar" was kept on set because the films were rated PG-13, and one cast member basically filled it up.

There was a swear jar on the set. Co-writer and director Gary Ross said that half of it was contributed by Jennifer Lawrence. #LionsgateLIVE

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20. Donald Sutherland wrote a three-page letter asking to be in the film.

President Snow at a podium

21. Elizabeth Banks needed help using the bathroom because of her extravagant costume.

Effie Trinket in a large wig and puffy dress

22. The Hunger Games franchise was filmed across two continents.

Katniss looking to the side in a crowd

23. In Catching Fire, there were just under 350 wigs used throughout the film.

Katniss, Effie, and Peeta walking

24. Sam Claflin was on a strict diet and workout regimen for four months to prepare to play Finnick Odair.

A bare-chested Finnick

25. Jennifer's real-life nephews played her children in Mockingjay — Part 2.

Katniss holding a baby while sitting on the grass

26. The name of the dance club the cast would hang out at after working 14-hour days is hidden in a Catching Fire scene.

A scene with PDL-736 on the top of a tunnel

27. Ed Sheeran tried to get his songs on the Catching Fire soundtrack but was rejected.

Ed in a tie on the red carpet

28. Lenny Kravitz had no idea what The Hunger Games was before joining the cast, and he didn't even have to audition.

Lenny in a small Afro

29. When filming the proposal scene between Peeta and Katniss, Josh actually split his pants wide open.

Katniss and Peeta in a crowd looking up

30. Jennifer actually had to eat raw fish while filming, and we're not talking about sushi.

Katniss seated and looking sideways

31. Jena Malone credits the bad day she was having before her audition for why she got the role of Johanna.

Jena bald as Johanna

32. Jennifer was so terrified of singing "The Hanging Tree" in front of everyone that she cried.

Close-up of Katniss outside

33. No CGI was used after Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death.

Philip as Plutarch Heavensbee looks serious

34. Some of the consoles used in Mockingjay were used in other major films.

Jeffrey Wright as Beetee sits with a book open in front of him

35. And finally, Jena filmed the notorious strip scene in a real Atlanta hotel elevator, where the set wasn't closed off, and a random hotel guest ended up seeing her naked.

Jena with dramatic eye makeup in the elevator