Well, my friends, that’s just another name for them! On Monday, we got two casting announcements because one could not have been announced without the other. Wes Chatham was cast as Castor, and Elden Henson was cast as Pollux for Mockingjay. For those that need a refresher, Castor and Pollux were part of Cressida’s film crew as the cameramen for the propos, Katniss likening them to insects because of the shell-like apparatuses that were the cameras that they wore. They were brothers, and Pollux was an Avox.
Now there is another Castor and Pollux in Greek and Roman mythology, who Suzanne Collins no doubt named the characters after. They were also brothers – twins, but with different fathers. Castor was mortal, his father being Tyndareus, king of Sparta, and Pollux was a demigod whose father was Zeus. This is fitting with the Castor and Pollux from The Hunger Games since Castor dies during that nasty bit with the lizard muttations and Pollux survives. In Roman mythology, Pollux shares his immortality with Castor, and they become the constellation Gemini.
I know Wes Chatham mostly from small roles in The Help and the mini-series Political Animals. And this is not Elden Henson’s first time playing a “brother” since he played Fulton Reed in The Mighty Ducks movies, aka one half of the Bash Brothers. He’s also continued to act through the years and has had roles in She’s All That (another classic!), Lords of Dogtown (another favorite), and Psych (Tuesday the 17th, a classic episode), among many other episodes. Keep in mind that, given the assumption that with the inclusion of Pollux the Avox storyline will be touched up, Castor ends up talking for both of them through most of the story.
And before anyone complains that the actors aren’t twins, let me remind you that book canon does not confirm they are twins though Katniss remarks that they look similar. Not to mention casting twins is a difficult and often disappointing process, especially when they need to look a certain way. Let us all remember that they had to digitally put Armie Hammer’s face on another also attractive but unrelated person for The Social Network because the twins they saw were either not good enough or didn’t fit the physical description.
And with Castor and Pollux cast, that rounds out Cressida’s crew, and believe me when I say that I didn’t expect them to make it as featured-enough-to-be-announced.
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