That Time Josh Hutcherson Farted In Tom Hanks’ Face While Filming A Scene

The Hobo in The Polar Express

Show business is a funny thing. Because no matter how famous or acclaimed actors are, they all have to start with humble beginnings. This was surely the case with The Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson, as he attempted to break into the business as a child actor. One of his first big gigs was in the 2004 animated holiday feature The Polar Express, doing motion capture work for the unnamed lead character who is riding on the titular locomotive. He did his mo-cap work alongside Tom Hanks, who played a myriad of characters, but it turns out he messed up in a big way: he totally farted in Hanks' face. He recently told the story to James Corden, saying:

We're shooting this scene where he's playing the hobo and he's on top of the train, skiing down, and I'm nestled under him, and we're like, 'Woah, this is crazy.' I farted. I farted in the scene, it happened, I did it and instead of playing it cool, Tom Hanks is like, 'Woah, woah, oh my God, this kid, what the heck.' My first big movie and I just farted in his face. It was a rite of passage and looking back on it, it was very funny, but at that moment, I thought my face was gonna just start sweating blood.

Well, this is an actor's worse nightmare. Because if you're going to accidentally let one rip onset, let's hope it's not in the face of a beloved American actor like Tom Hanks. That being said, the story is utterly hilarious in retrospect, now that Hutcherson has probably had some therapy to deal with his embarrassment.

Josh Hutcherson's story from The Late Late Show With James Corden is pretty damn hilarious, especially seeing how utterly delighted Corden and and Jessica Jones actress Krysten Ritter were with his embarrassment.

While Hutcherson's account of the incident shows how charming the Future Man actor is, it's even more funny to think about Tom Hanks blowing up the young actor's spot. Instead of letting it go and chocking up the incident to the dangers of working with kids, he totally called Josh Hutcherson out. I guess this type of emotional trauma helped make him the survivor we saw as Peeta in The Hunger Games franchise. Or it's incidents like this that have kept the 25 year old actor humble, despite his rather impressive level of fame.

You can watch Josh Hutcherson tell the story below.

What a gem.

Josh Hutcherson has recently made his way to the small screen, playing the lead character in Seth Rogen's Future Man on Hulu; the first season is currently streaming in its entirety. Be sure to check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.