Dec. 31, 2013 -- 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.
In response, his fellow Wildcat fans gave him the three-finger Mockingjay salute from his famous films.
It's appropriate, especially given the Kentucky connection that Hutcherson has with his co-star, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence.
"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."