(LOS ANGELES) — With hundreds of fans already camped out around Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, The Hunger Games had its premiere Monday night.
ABC News Radio was there as the movie’s stars — including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth — got a chance to see the film and a legion of die-hards got a chance to see the stars of the anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestseller.
“It was totally worth it,” exclaimed one fan. “Totally worth the cold fingers,” said another, after getting a glimpse of the movie’s stars.
Their dedication left those involved in the film slack-jawed.
“The first thought in my head is: ‘Wow! They really camped out?…It’s craziness,” said Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays one of the movie’s villains, Clove.
“Bananas,” was how actress Paula Malcomson described the scene, saying it looked as if an Occupy protest had moved outside the theater.
For her part, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson said she “admires that commitment,” but can’t picture camping out for any movie.
“I like my pillow,” she joked.
The Hunger Games, about a bloodsport/reality show that forces young players into a kill-or-be-killed competition, opens on March 23.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Sandra Gonzalez, CNN
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Eric Levenson, CNN
Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN