'Hunger Games' Star Josh Hutcherson Gets an Amazing Mockingjay Salute at Kentucky Wildcats Game

PHOTO: Josh Hutcherson waves to the crowd during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena, Dec. 28, 2013, in Lexington, Ky.

When Josh Hutcherson headed home for the holidays he never could have predicted that he'd get this kind of a welcome.

The "Hunger Games" star, 21, attended a Kentucky Wildcats basketball game near his hometown of Union, Ky., on Dec. 28, and greeted the crowd at halftime.

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In response, his fellow Wildcat fans gave him the three-finger Mockingjay salute from his famous films.

PHOTO: The eRupption zone , UKs student section, salutes Josh Hutcherson with a symbol from the Hunger Games as Kentucky defeats Louisville 73-66 on Dec. 28, 2013 in Lexington, Ky.
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PHOTO: The eRupption zone , UK's student section, salutes Josh Hutcherson with a symbol from the Hunger Games as Kentucky defeats Louisville 73-66 on Dec. 28, 2013 in Lexington, Ky.

It's appropriate, especially given the Kentucky connection that Hutcherson has with his co-star, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence.

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"It was kind of an instant bonding factor, being from the same place," Hutcherson told Kentucky.com last year . "For me, it was the upbringing; it's the family and the culture and everything. It felt like her and I were on the same page with that whole thing. There's an understanding when you're from the same place, an instant sort of connection with someone."

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