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Star attracted to Hunger Games role

Philip Seymour Hoffman has said he isn't worried about starring in the high-profile Hunger Games sequel.

The Capote actor isn't known for gravitating towards Hollywood blockbusters but he has signed up to play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the eagerly anticipated follow-up Catching Fire, the man creating the battle to the death which 'tributes' Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) will be forced to take part in.

But the star told Entertainment Weekly he isn't too worried about everything that will come with starring in such a big movie.

He said: "Things always pass over, you know? I don't know what it will be like. But, you know, I'm not playing Katniss. I'm not in high-profile movies in that way too often, so it usually passes. I'm 45. I think it will be all right."

Philip also revealed he was drawn to the cast and character.

"I liked the people involved," he said. "It's a great group of actors. It's a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role."

The actor also discussed his character's journey in the trilogy, based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling books.

He said: "He's somebody who's part of the revolution, but you don't know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that's that dangerous because he thinks it's the future... that's interesting stuff, you know?"

Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence and is due to start shooting in September.

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