Category: Finnick Odair
Sam Claflin originally thought of himself as an unlikely candidate to play Finnick Odair. While promoting “Snow White and the Huntsman” in L.A., the British actor’s agent had him read for the part of our favorite District 4 fisherman.
“Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed, sex god,” said Claflin. “I’m thinking I’m brunette, I have loads of stubble, at the time I was by no means in shape. This guy walked in just after my audition who looked like Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. Yeah, I’m not going to get this.”
Luckily, producer Nina Jacobson was looking for much more than a pretty face and caught a glimpse of something distinctly Finnick-y in Sam Claflin.
“Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness or the other way around,” she told EW. “Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.”
Still, Claflin underwent quite the transformation to become Catching Fire‘s flirty trident-wielder, consuming not much beyond chicken and asparagus.
“It’s depressing,” he admitted. “I just want a burger and beer.”
He also had his hair dyed and went through several sessions of spray-tanning to get that classic bronze skin found in District 4.
“Look at the tanlines on my fingers!” the 26-year-old said. “I’m very English. I’m white. I mean I’m so pale. With spray tans they start peeling and start getting really dirty looking. It’s kind of lucky for the arena because I’m dirty a lot of the time but it’s not great with my shirt off at the moment.”
As for the sugar cube scene many think will make or break Sam Claflin’s performance, he says he won’t be quite as exposed as Finnick was in the book.
“They did have to tone it down from what it is in the book because they can’t make it too graphic if you know what I’m saying,” he said. “Because it was just a knot covering his, basically, you know what I’m saying! I was definitely prepared to do anything. But the costumer said ‘Well we can’t have you in nothing’ so I’m kind of covered up.”
Despite those somewhat comforting changes, Sam definitely felt pressured to nail the scene.
“It was the scariest moment of my life,” Claflin admitted. “I’m on Twitter and so many people have been like ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’”
Besides taking away many wonderful memories from the “Catching Fire” set, Claflin is considering keeping a little memento to remember his role in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
“I kept my armor from my first role playing a knight and my mum bought a mannequin for it, so part of me wants to get the wet suit so she can have mannequins all over the house,” remarked Claflin. “Though I don’t know what my fiancée will think about the décor in our house.”
It was nice to finally hear from someone regarding why they cast Sam Claflin as Finnick. It sounds like he can bring several aspects of Finnick’s personality to the table, which I’m excited to see. And it seems like he really wants to please the fans.
So, what do you think about Sam Claflin now that you’ve seen those official photos from “Catching Fire?” Tell us in comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]
This week’s Entertainment Weekly features a cover story about Catching Fire which offers an amazing first look at the film. Be sure to pick it up on newstands for more pics and and article inside!
The revolution has been sparked. In this week’s cover story, EW traveled to Waikiki, Hawaii where cast and crew were in the final days of production on the eagerly anticipated Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire (in theaters Nov. 21). Just as the revolution that could embolden the people of Panem rests on young Katniss Everdeen’s shoulders, the success of the franchise depends largely upon Jennifer Lawrence. After spending the day outrunning death in a nearby jungle, the 22-year-old actress ordered herself a Budweiser and kicked back in the Trump balcony lounge to discuss the sequel, her life now as a blockbuster star, and her willful inability to behave like the nice sound-bite machine Hollywood might expect her to be. “It’s almost like I subconsciously don’t want to work anymore so I’m trying to ruin my career,” she says with a laugh at one point, before leaning in close to the reporter’s tape recorder. “I’m pregnant!” she joked.
From her first meeting with new director Francis Lawrence (“I spit egg inside his mouth when I was talking. Into his mouth”) to the raucous party she hosted for the Catching Fire cast and crew (“When Sam walked in I was chasing Woody and we’d flipped over my couch and Woody had a sock all the way down my throat…”), Lawrence was frank and funny and self-aware. “I’m so aware of all the b.s. that surrounds Hollywood,” she says, “and how everyone gets on this high horse and thinks that they’re curing cancer and it makes me so uncomfortable every time I see it. So I go in the exact opposite direction and end up saying something like ‘I’m pregnant!’ when I’m in two franchises.”
Then in an exclusive conversation, director Francis Lawrence described his vision for the sequel, his immediate three-day pow-wow with series writer Suzanne Collins to ready a script, and how one of his inherited cast members had a particularly hard time adjusting to the loss of Hunger Games director Gary Ross. (Woody Harrelson, who plays Katniss and Peeta’s wry and PTSD-ruined wreck of a mentor Haymitch.)
EW also sat down with Sam Claflin, the green-eyed, dimpled Brit who won the role of District 4′s charming and enigmatic golden boy Finnick Odair, for his first Hunger Games interview. He described filming the infamous sugar cube scene, in which Finnick teases Katniss while wearing nothing beyond some strategically placed netting, as “the scariest moment of my life. I’m on Twitter and so many people have been like ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’”
Well, my two halves have come out of hibernation to discuss one of the most important and long awaited casting decisions of the “Hunger Games Movie” sequel. Let me give you a hint. It starts with Finn and ends in dair. That’s right. Finnick ODAIR. And yes, it did take quite a long time to awaken my split personalities. This is gonna be good…
Hey, there! I’m Dani’s optimistic side. It’s so nice to be back!
Let me hit things off by saying this was an interesting casting choice. I have seen Sam in only one movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and he did a great job in his role! It’ll be nice to see him take on a larger, more complex character. This might have been a risky choice on part of the casting director, but it was a bold decision and one that might result in ample rewards.
As for his physical appearance and whether or not he can literally embody our favorite trident-wielder, I would like to defer you to this:
Oh yeah, and this:
And that’s even before adding Finn’s trademark flirtatious behavior and sugar cube offerings.
Well, that about does it for me! Over to you, Cynical Dani!
Hello. I’m Dani’s cynical side. I do not appreciate people waking me from a deep sleeping state.
I have only one word concerning Sam Claflin: who? Seriously, who is this guy? He’s only had, what, two, three serious roles? None of which had more than six lines. I know nothing about his acting ability. Can he be the Finnick who revived Peeta and saved Katniss on several accounts in “Catching Fire?” Can he be the Finnick who lost his marbles and found solace in tying knots in “Mockingjay?” Can he be the Finnick who is deeply in love with a crazy girl named Annie? No one knows…except maybe Sam.
As for his looks, I can’t say I would be tempted to spill my secrets to him in exchange for cubes of sugar. He’s attractive, but I’m not feeling the “Finnick smolder” so to speak.
Whatever. It’s not like the casting will change. Guess we’re at a dead end again, Dani.
Thanks to the both of ya! So, Finn fans, do you agree with Optimistic Dani, or Cynical Dani? Or do you have a unique perspective all your own? Tell us about it in comments!
Optimistic Dani: C’mon, everyone, at least give Sam Claflin a chance! Do I need to defer you to those pictures again? ‘Cause I will.
Cynical Dani: I think we’ve all had enough of your campaigning.
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Best Movies Ever has posted even more shots from the set of Catching Fire, and I think some of you might be happy to see these. Looks like a spray tan and bronzing hair color can go a long way in transforming someone into something resembling Finnick Odair. Ahh, and then of course there is Peeta. Thoughts?
SAM CLAFLIN CAST AS FINNICK IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Santa Monica, CA, August 22, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.
After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONES opposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.
So what do you think? Perfect Finnick? Hardly what you envisioned? Or you’ll have to wait for the movie to decide?
Variety is reporting that Sam Claflin has been offered the role of Finnick in Catching Fire. He recently played William in Snow White & the Huntsman.
Also rumored: three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub from Monk is Lionsgate’s first pick to play Beetee.
These casting rumors have not been officially confirmed by the studio.