Based on the young adult novel of the same name, the film sees Hutcherson playing male 'tribute' Peeta Mellark, who participates in a deadly competition
"I feel like I'm a lot like Peeta, and I don't know what I would have done if I didn't get the part," Hutcherson shared to New York Magazine. "Wouldn't I be a bad actor if I couldn't play myself? I think one of my biggest struggles was getting Peeta to be as strong as possible.
"He can come across a little soft - because he's admitting his love for Katniss, and he's sensitive. But he's got a backbone. He's got strong beliefs. He's a people person. And we have the same sense of humour."
Hutcherson also admitted that he fell in love with the books after he began reading them when he was cast in the movie.
The Hunger Games will hit the big screen on March 23, 2012 in the US and UK.
Hutcherson can also be seen in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine.
Journey 2 is now playing in the UK and will open in the US on February 10.
Watch a trailer for The Hunger Games below: