Jennifer Lawrence needed spider 'cleaner'

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
March 22nd, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence had to have someone rid the set of spiders before she went on 'The Hunger Games'.

The Oscar-nominated actress - who plays the role of Katniss in the Gary Ross directed movie - is so terrified of the eight legged creatures she had to make sure any trees she was climbing were cleared of them, but thinks many times she may have just been lied to when she asked if it was done.

She said: ''The worst part about tree-climbing is the spiders. My biggest fear. I mean, we had bears, we had wolves, snakes, poison ivy, everything. Nothing got to me as much as spiders. And like daddy longlegs - it doesn't matter how harmless they are, I'm terrified.

''So they used to clean the spiders off the tree before I got up there. They'd be like, 'Yeah, yeah, we've got a spider killer up there.' And they would just lie to me and I'd be like, 'OK'.''

However spiders were not the only problem for Jennifer - who is also known for her roles in 'Winter's Bone' and 'X-Men: First Class' - as she also struggled to deal with the heat.

She added to Buzzinefilm.com: ''The difficult scenes were always the physical ones because of the heat. Running through the Cornucopia in the middle of the movie to get the backpack, it was over 105 degrees that day, and there was no shade anywhere, and I'm in full jacket, pants, sprinting 10, 15 times all day. It was brutal.''