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Josh Hutcherson’s new hardcore hobby

Actor Josh Hutcherson has finally taken up DJing after years of appreciating others' turntable talents from afar.

The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has developed a new “hardcore hobby” for DJing.

The 23 year old, who plays Peeta Mellark in the teen movie franchise, has discovered a new passion that he hopes to explore when he's finished promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, which is set for release next month (Nov15) - he has enrolled in DJing school.

“That is my new hardcore hobby,” he told ET Online. “I’ve always loved music. I’m not a musician, but I have rhythm. Every party I have I’m always DJing and selecting the songs, making the playlists. I’ve always wanted to get into it.”

Josh realised how much he wanted to develop his interest in music after his mother bought him a set of turntables for his birthday earlier this month (Oct15), but he insists he won't be turning his back on his movie career.

Promoting the final film in The Hunger Game franchise will be bittersweet for the actor, as it will be his last chance to spend quality time with friends and co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.

“It’s sad to not be on set anymore with these people," he explained. "We are all still really close friends. At the same time, I’m excited to move onto the next thing. It’s been half a decade of my life on these movies.”

In the meantime, he's excited about The Rusted, a short film he made with director Ron Howard, which is available to watch online now. The film features Josh's The Hunger Games castmate Jena Malone, as his character's sister.

“I couldn’t believe she said yes,” he admitted. “I texted her and said, ‘I’m making a short film with Ron Howard. Do you want to do it with me?’ I told her the date. She said, ‘I’m totally in.’”

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