Category: Finnick Odair
Here’s a clip of the Hunger Games Training Center for the Quarter Quell.
We had the wonderful opportunity to join other awesome Hunger Games fansites in a phone interview with Sam Claflin (Finnick) and Jena Malone (Johanna) yesterday. Sam and Jena were absolutely the best and so funny! Here’s our interview with Sam and Jena!
How would you both define Finnick and Johanna’s friendship?
Sam: I wouldn’t. [laughs]
Jena: I think it’s beyond friendship and it’s just like family. Like they’ve drawn blood together. They’ve killed together, they’ve been tortured together.
Sam: They’ve been through a lot. There’s only a very few amount of people still alive that have lived through the experiences they’ve witnessed.
Jena: Kinda like military buddies, you know what I mean? They’ve been out in the field together and they’ve witnessed, you know, horrors together and that’s really bonded them forever.
The rest of the interviews after the break!
The Catching Fire cast is featured in this month’s Vanity Fair! Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, and Elizabeth Banks all looked capitally amazing in Vanity Fair. Here’s part of the Vanity Fair interview with director Francis Lawrence.
“One of the big overarching themes for all the books is this idea of the consequences of war, and one of the unfortunate consequences of war is post-traumatic stress,” explains Francis Lawrence, who directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, out this November. (His previous films include I Am Legend and Water for Elephants.) In the new movie, not only have young leads Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson aged nearly two years, but also their characters, Katniss and Peeta, have returned to their home district haunted by what they’ve seen and done. “That’s one of the first things you see in the movie,” the director adds. “They’re changed people because of having been in the Games.”
We saw how it affected Haymitch in the Hunger Games. How will it affect Katniss and Peeta, their families, their District? I can’t wait to see it.
Check out this week’s Entertainment Weekly’s covers of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and Finnick!
After a special report from the sweltering set in Hawaii, we head to Santa Monica, where EW reconvened the stars — along with new director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson — for a rollicking conversation about the new movie. Among the subjects? Everything from the decision to “man up” Peeta’s character for the movie to Lawrence’s spectacular fall in Katniss’ wedding dress while the cameras were rolling. The filmmakers also talk about creating new scenes for Plutarch Heavensbee (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), and actress Jena Malone talks about the thrill of playing the ax-wielding tribute Johanna Mason. Despite the easy camaraderie of the crew, everyone took seriously their mission to respect the pained heart of author Suzanne Collins’ sequel. “In every scene we asked ourselves, ‘How would these people feel if they came back to the Hunger Games,’” says Jacobson. “What happens when you come back from these experiences of war, not what happens in a movie when you’ve kicked a lot of ass?”
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire theatrical trailer debut! It is amazing! I have chills! And tears!
What are your favorite moments?
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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