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Stanley Tucci was Gary Ross' first choice for the role of talk-show host Caesar Flickerman
Though casting the other roles in the film was a time-consuming process, Ross didn't have to look far in finding the right actor for blue-haired Hunger Games reporter Caesar Flickerman.
"Stanley Tucci for Flickerman I thought of very early," said Ross. "In fact, a year ago last New Year’s, I was at a restaurant in New York and he was at the next table, and I said, Stanley, I think I have a really good part for you. He went, 'Great, I’ll do it.' We had done [the Ross-produced 'Tale of] Despereaux' together, so I knew him."