Rankin Collabor8te Premiere

Sam attended the Rankin Collabor8te Premiere in London, with his fiancé Laura Haddock on February 12th. Looking good as usual!

     

talking about Catching Fire, Finnick  Odair, Jennifer Lawrence, Snow White & The Huntsman + message for the fans. 
       
talking about Hunger Games, not being done with the filming yet, and Jennifer Lawrence.

(All the screencaps below + transcription)

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FIRST VIDEO
Q: Are you excited about tonight’s event?
A: I’m very excited, yeah thrilled to be here.  I mean i’m a big fan of Rankin’s work and so to be apart of something this amazing, ya know, I think it’s amazing.  I’m very excited

Q: Why are you such a fan of Rankin?
A: I think he’s got such a good eye.  He’s obviously such a very talented photographer.  At the same time, he’s a great man, who’s always wanting to get more involed with charities such as this, so it’s an incredible feeling.

Q: How useful a tool do you think short films are for inspiring the next generation of film making?
A: Well that’s what I love about this industry.  A lot of my friends are currently in the process of making short films.  They are the film makers of tomorrow and I think that’s what i’m excited about, you know, seeing the prospect of potential new Oscar winners.

*Talking about Catching Fire now*
Sam:  I’m going off to finish Hunger Games at the end of the month.  We have a week or so left of filming so i’m excited about that coming up, but at the same time, very nervous.

Q: I guess the obvious question fans are going to have..What can they expect from Catching Fire?  How do you think it differs from the first film?
A: It’s a very different story, you know, there’s new characters.  My character being one of them.  A new directer.  So you know it’s going to be a very different outlook..a very different feel to it.  I have not seen anything back so far so i’m excited about how it might turn out.  I have faith in Francis and i’m sure it will be bigger and better than the last one.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your character, your tribute.  What weapon does he use and how exciting was it and what kind of training have you done to get into the role?
A: I mean for me, reading the book, I fell more and more in love with the character, like i sort of auditioned without knowing anything about him and getting an opportunity to sit and talk with Francis and even Suzanne Collins.  Finnick’s a very complicated and complex character.  Lots of ups, lots of downs, but his weapon of choice is a trident, which is something i’m not overly familiar with so I had to kind of train like three hours a day on top of going to the gym and everything.  It was a very hard hard shoot but the physical shoots are the things I enjoy the most.

Q:  You’re working alongside an extraordinary cast like Oscar nominated Jennifer Lawrence.  What’s it like working with her?
A: She’s a diamond.  She is very hard working and at the same time likes to have fun, you know, she’s very grounded and I think I can class her as a good friend now.  I’m excited about seeing her again, it’s been a while.  I have to congratulate her officially, face to face.  It will be good to see everyone again.

Q:  You’ve had some great experiences working with leading ladies.  Kristen, of course in Snow White.  Do you think we are going to get a sequel to that?  Will you be excited to take that further?
A: I’d love to give it another go, just because I enjoyed the process of making the film so much.  Especially filming it in England.  I feel like I was sort of apart of something original for the first time, so i’d be more than willing to jump back on board if that was ever an opportunity that came up.

Q: Final question.  Do you have a message to all the fans out there?  Anything you’d like to say?  Specifically Hunger Games fans?
A: Make sure you watch the film (laughs).  Keep a lookout for me.  Hopefully i’ll pop up somewhere, more than one place.

SECOND VIDEO
Q: You’ve been spending time with Jennifer because she’s been here for the BAFTA’s.  What’s her special quality?
A:  She has an amazing ability to switch it on and switch it off and I think that’s a rarity.  A lot of people can to that but she has the ability to do that right up to the deadline, you know, that final stop point.  She’s very grounded, she’s a lovely girl.  I was blessed to be working with some incredible actors

Q: Lucky to work with you.  So different director.  Is it a different feel to this one?
A:  I didn’t work on the first one so I don’t know how different a feel it is but it definitely felt like a family unit.  All of us were happy to turn up for work everyday.  Partly because we were filming in Hawaii, so you can’t complain (laughs).  We all got along really well and spent a lot of time socializing off set as well and so like I said, i’m looking forward to catching up with them all.

THIRD VIDEO
Q: What was your favorite video growing up?
A: The Goonies, growing up.  Stand By Me is another classic, but The Goonies.

Q: Why The Goonies?
A: I don’t know!  It’s the sense of adventure and the friendships.  I was also obbessed with pirates and exploring and treasure, you know, all that sort of side of things so.  Oh my god, I can’t remember what the quote is! “Never say die!” Goonies “never say die”.  It holds a very special place in my heart, that film.