(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — When Josh Hutcherson headed home for the holidays he never could have predicted that he’d get this kind of a welcome.
The Hunger Games star, 21, attended a Kentucky Wildcats basketball game near his hometown of Union, Ky., on Dec. 28, and greeted the crowd at halftime.
In response, his fellow Wildcat fans gave him the three-finger Mockingjay salute from his famous films.
It’s appropriate, especially given the Kentucky connection that Hutcherson has with his co-star, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence.
“It was kind of an instant bonding factor, being from the same place,” Hutcherson told Kentucky.com last year. “For me, it was the upbringing; it’s the family and the culture and everything. It felt like her and I were on the same page with that whole thing. There’s an understanding when you’re from the same place, an instant sort of connection with someone.”
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Noelle Baldwin, Deseret News
Lisa Respers France and Brian Stelter, CNN