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Watch Josh Hutcherson Romance Hayden Panettiere in 'The Forger' — EXCLUSIVE

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Jun 28, 2012 | 8:20am EDT

Whether it’s decorating cakes or painting like the masters, it looks like the characters Josh Hutcherson plays always seem to be artistically inclined. Die-hard Hunger Games fans everywhere will rejoice to hear that The Forger (formerly called Carmel-by-the-Sea) is hitting shelves next week, a movie in which Hutcherson plays a down-on-his-luck teen who stumbles into the world of art forgery. Feast your eyes on Hollywood.com’s exclusive clip of the film, which comes out straight to DVD on July 3:

As you can see, the clip doesn’t actually show Hutcherson forging anything, but it does play on the movie’s highest-selling asset: its leading man. Josh works his other forgery magic, that of romance, on Hayden Panettiere (or is it genuine — murky relationship waters, for sure). Whereas the dangers of The Hunger Games are more physical and straightforward, Hutcherson's ventures into the word of art crime may be even meatier and more ambiguous. Little movies like this are where the actor can really shine.

The Forger is directed by Lawrence Roeck and stars Lauren Bacall, Alfred Molina, Hutcherson and Panettiere.

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