Sam is featured as one of four cover stars on the October 2016 edition of L’Officiel Hommes NL. As well as a stunning photo-shoot by Roger Rich, the magazine has a fantastic interview with Sam, which we have transcribed below. In it, he talks about his hopes for the future, his memories from the past & how life has changed since the birth of his & Laura’s Son in December 2015. Enjoy!
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Up Close & Claflin
The new James Bond. The new Hugh Grant. Sam Claflin (1986) has heard all of the comparisons. The steady actor lets the compliments slip. There are more important things in the world. Acting for him ‘a job’, but one to which he is fully committed.
Sam Claflin has starred in The Riot Club, a take on student life in Oxford, in fantasy films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Hunger Games, but also in romantic roles such as Me Before You and Love, Rosie. For others, his career sounds like a dream – and it is – though the actor remains with both feet firmly on the ground. Last summer he was both thirty and a father, making life suddenly feel different for the young Englishman. “I feel like an adult for the first time. I’ve started a new chapter in my life and have to remind myself that I have a responsibility.”
Will you always make different types of movies?
I always try to find new challenges. Much of my work until now has been suitable for the whole family. Now I want to explore new aspects of this profession to prove that I am more than what you think you know.
What kind of movies feel most natural to you?
Hard to say. I do not think I’m an action hero but I would have liked a try. At the same time I like to get down and dirty for a role, feel the real depth of it. I feel at ease when I continually push myself. That’s what I want to do more and more.
Some people see in you the new James Bond.
I think I speak for every Englishman, and basically for every man, when I say that it would be an absolute honor to play James Bond. It’s such a great character. But I’m not putting bets on me taking on that role. It would be wonderful but I keep focusing on other things.
You studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; What was your most valuable lesson which you learnt there?
I learned so much there. It was the most valuable three years of my life. It taught me a lot about the whole business of film, politics and everything around it. Things of which I was unaware. It also made me realize that everyone approaches this profession differently. The main lesson is: be yourself, try not to emulate anybody. You work with different actors and directors, and they all approach the subjects differently. So be comfortable with whom you work with and what you do.
You also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. How was that?
It is not my strongest point. With all due respect to my former teachers, Shakespeare was not very well taught to us. That’s why I cherish the little warm feelings I do have for it. It’s something which I gradually grew to love with Drama, but I’m certainly not a natural talent in Shakespearean roles. Read more »
On October 14th, the day after the London Film Festival Premiere of the film, SCF were lucky enough to have advanced tickets to a screening of Their Finest. Watch Jemma from the team’s video review below. And don’t worry – it’s spoiler free! The film will have its general release in Spring 2017. Huge thanks, as ever, to @jonnyhadapigeon for doing an incredible job of editing the video for us! Enjoy!
Film Synopsis: ‘Their Finest’ combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz. A witty, warm-hearted and moving portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart.
Sam Claflin – Tom Buckley
Gemma Arterton – Catrin Cole
Bill Nighy – Ambrose Hilliard
Jack Huston – Ellis Cole
Attention Claflin fans! We are lucky enough to have a copy of Me Before You (book) which has very kindly been signed by Sam to giveaway! To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is retweet this TWEET.
* Competition will close on Wednesday October 26th.
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* Winner will be contacted by 3pm Thursday 27th October 2016 via Twitter. If we recieve no response by 10am Saturday 29th October then we will have to choose another winner at random.
SCF were in London once more on October 13th to once again support our fave guy at the BFI London Film Festival Gala Screening of his latest film Their Finest. Below, Jemma from the team tells us all about it!
Arriving in Leicester Square at 8:30am, I got my number (5!) ready to line up for the red carpet later on that evening. It can be a long day, but with lovely fans of Sam coming up all the time & wanting to chat about him & his work it makes the time pass so quickly! And by 4:30pm it was time to start lining up, ready for the red carpet to begin. It’s so cool to watch it all coming together, from the photographers pens being set up, to the posters getting attached to the railings, to finally that all important red carpet going down! And before you know it, the cars are pulling up & it is showtime!
With thanks to Get Into Film, we are able to share two new clips from Sam’s latest film Their Finest. Sam plays Tom Buckley, a writer commissioned to write uplifting stories to help the war effort during WW2. He enlists Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) to help provide a female spin on proceedings. Watch the two brilliant clips below!
Sam also attended Their Finest Mayor’s Centrepiece Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square in London, on October 13. He was accompanied by his lovely wife Laura Haddock, the pair looked absolutely stunning together, as always! And Sam was also seen alongside the rest of the cast. Make sure to check out all the lovely photos of Sam posing with his wife, his co-stars, and of course, the fans!
We will soon be posting about our SCF adventure at the premiere, as well as the reviews of the movie!
On October 13, Sam attended Their Finest photocall and press conference during the 60th BFI London Film Festival in London. He was seen alongside Producer Stephen Woolley, actors Rachael Stirling, Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, director Lone Scherfig, director of the BFI London Film Festival Clare Stewart and producer Amanda Posey dProducer Stephen Woolley, actors Rachael Stirling, Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton and director Lone Scherfig. You can watch the full video of the conference above!
We all know our Sam is such a kind hearted guy. Back in May he proceeded to send fans in London into a frenzy of excitement when he very kindly left his signed copy of Me Before You (book) on a London tube for one lucky fan to find. And on October 8th he decided to do it again! This time, Sam was leaving his signed copy of the brand new Me Before You DVD somewhere in Central London. The DVD is not officially out in the UK until the 10th, so for the lucky fan who would manage to find this, it would be a wonderful surprise!
mrsamclaflin – So, even though the ME BEFORE YOU DVD isn’t officially out until Monday, I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on one. Now, I’ve ruined it with my scribble, so, sorry about that, but I’m heading out in to central London soon to leave it somewhere for someone to find… Tune in soon and I’ll let you know where it’ll be. Happy seeking.
A little while later, Sam (as promised) posted a sweet little video giving clues as to the DVDs location………
And one fan was lucky enough not only to find the DVD but to actually see Sam as he recorded the video! Congratulations Vanessa – we hope you treasure it! And once again, a shout out to Sam for just being the best guy!!
vanessapolke – Sooo this just happened @mrsamclaflin went into central London to hide a little something for his fans and I just happened to sit at Leicester Square, actually see him take the video without realizing it was him I just saw this cute looking guy walking around the fountain, taking a video of himselfThank you for doing this. My highest respect for being so human and kind. What a man Now come back so I can actually say hi and thank you in person
On October 3rd, Sam attended the Emporio Armani show as part of the Fashion Week in Paris. He was seen sitting front row at the Studio Marcel Cerdan next to Elodie Frege and Dylan Penn, and also took a photo with the creator himself, Mr. Armani, who invited Sam to the see his new collection. Not the first time Sam has attended an Emporio Armani fashion show! As always he looked amazing!