Category: Sam Claflin
His co-star Alan Ritchson, who plays Gloss in the film, revealed all when he was interviewed at the MTV Movie Awards.
It was in rehearsal so we weren’t even shooting. He broke it on the stunt guy, warming up. I was standing right next to him. It was tough to watch.
Ritchson, who is set to star in Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles reboot, said Claflin “took it like a champ – he took it and kept moving.”
Let’s hope there were no other injuries and the main action is saved for the film.
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]
Well, Mockingjays, it looks like our franchise has its own little bromance brewing. At an LA screening of “Silver Linings Playbook,” the folks at MTV News asked Jennifer Lawrence why she likes Sam Claflin and why he fits the role of Finnick Odair. She replied that she was not the person to ask. You’ll never guess who was.
“Josh Hutcherson,” she said. “They are in love.”
Finn and Peeta may not have been romancing it up in “Catching Fire” (unless you count the scene where Finnick revives Peeta…and I don’t), but it would appear they have been hitting it off when they aren’t on camera.
“It’s a full-blown bromance and it’s really bromantic and adorable,” Jennifer went on. “It’s really cute. It’s annoying, but it’s cute.”
As for the trident-wielder’s acting skills, Jennifer said, “He’s really sweet, a great, wonderful actor. He’s got a great American accent.”
What do you think about the baker/fisher bromance?
[Source: MTV News]
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.
[Are you wondering what in the world you just read? If so, you probably haven’t read my “Two-Sided Look” posts before. Check them out on our sister site, Hungergamesmovie.org, by clicking here.]
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.