Francis Lawrence, the director of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, recently shared his vision for Catching Fire, with MTV. He also highlighted some of Sam’s best qualities. In conclusion: Yes! Sam is the Perfect Finnick Odair
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“Finnick Is More Than Fine When Lawrence inherited “The Hunger Games” franchise he also inherited the responsibility of casting “Catching Fire”‘s most anticipated dream boat: District 4 tribute Finnick Odair. For a while there, it seemed every working actor under the age of 35 was rumored to be in contention, but it was “Snow White and the Huntsman” star Sam Claflin who would ultimately wield the trident. Many fans were none-to-sure about Claflin’s casting, but Lawrence ensured the 26-year-old will live up to expectations.
“[Claflin] is very athletic, which is great. He’s in great shape. He’s very charismatic,” Lawrence said. “But I was also looking in the long term. There’s kind of a rouge-like quality to him in this book. And long term, he’s actually an emotional character and a very loyal character and a character who’s in love; a character who experienced quite a lot of sadness. And he was really able to tap into that, as well as being really charming and sexy and handsome as hell.“
As some of you may know, Sam Claflin was interviewed on Future Radio this morning! For those of you who weren’t able to hear, you can finally listen to the full interview! Future Radio Interview
(We apologize ahead of time if the following isn’t 100% identical to what Sam/Future Radio says)
FR: Firstly, I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games ’cause I read all the books. Had you read the books, before you got the part?
SC: Before I got the part? No, no. Funnily enough, when I first went to see the first The Hunger Games, the original, I had no idea that it was a trilogy. I had no idea it was based on books. I just knew there was a big hype around – you know it was being called the new Twilight. And what have you. So I think I was curious as to what this big thing, this… You know, I was very curious. And kind of got the audition for this part of Finnick Odair. I was in Los Angeles. I remember saying ‘Who the hell is this Finnick?’ And I tried to go on Wikipedia and do as much research as possible prior to my first audition, and luckily I was kind of steered in the right direction by the casting director and the director himself. Between the moment that I was sort of offered the part and I was kind of trying to work out the smaller details as the contracts and what have you, I read the books and I read them in five days. Couldn’t quite help but turn the page and keep reading, you know, you can’t just put it down.
FR: He was my favorite character, I feel he has the biggest arc and his development is brilliant. Was he one of yours? Did he stand out for you when you were reading it? You got a good part?SC: I mean, for me, again, like, I was kind of – yeah he definitely stuck out somewhat. But for all the wrong reasons. Very selfishly, that was the only character I really cared about. No, but the great thing about the books, um, that Suzanne Collins kind of created great arcs to each and every character. No matter, you know, from Katniss all the way down to her sister, her mother. You know each character kinda goes on a journey and I think that’s what’s so perfect about the books themselves.
FR: On the subject of Finnick, he’s quite a significant character in the story and he’s won. All the fans of the original literature are going to have a mental picture of him in their minds. You’re gonna have this well established picture in people’s minds of what Finnick should be. How do you approach portraying a character like that with such expectations already there?SC: I mean, I have to say the pressure is on. I mean, I’m a member of Twitter and, you know, specially when it was first announced there was a huge backlash. Some positive and some very negative, you know, people were like saying they want to kill themselves, that I wasn’t anywhere near a good looking Finnick. Everyone has their own perception of what a good-looking person is. And basically, all I can do is do my best and you know it’s – you have to kinda try not reading the bad press or whatever, you know? You have to just kinda keep focusing and, you know, working hard and the moment you kind of channel all that out – you know, I just have fun really and it was hard work, it was definitely, definitely hard work, you know. I was eating chicken and asparagus twice every day, not including all the other meals I was forced to have each day and, you know, working out three times a day. I didn’t really have a life, but when I was on set you know, there was a great between the cast and the crew, you know it’s like when you’re in the middle of Hawaii – you don’t really care of what other people think. I enjoyed the moment while I was in the moment. But now, you know, I’m still reading negative feedback but I mean, what can I do? I can’t change my face.
FR: Also when you were cast as Finnick, you read the books, knowing that was going to be your part. Did you talk to the author at all for any sort of further advice on how she saw the character? Did you talk to her or the director before you hit the set?
SC: There was definitely a conversation that I had with the director. He was one of the first people I met when I first arrived in America. We had a sit-down, we talked through the script, through the novels and about the previous film. I knew that he wasn’t the director on that but we talked about the flaws and ways of improving or developing the characters’ arc. And obviously, the unfortunate thing about a film version is that they are trying to make it accessible to a younger audience. There are certain aspects you can’t include, one being, Finnick Odair wearing just the net, not covering his crotch – that was something that we couldn’t, unfortunately, include but you know, I’m scantily clad. Hopefully people will still be happy. It was quite, kind of – being able to have this kind of discussion with the director and with other cast members as well, you know, talking about how our character arc together and journey that we all go on. You know, it’s invaluable, really – you have to kind of really take that and use that and make the most of it.
FR: Was there a discussion about your accent, at all?
SC: Yeah, I mean. From the beginning I knew that I was gonna have to be doing an American accent. It’s okay. I’ve left Norwich now, I’m all cool. I have to work on it.make the most of it.
FR: It’s a conscious choice, isn’t it? I mean it’s quite difficult to do constantly, I imagine.
SC: Yeah, it’s – but when I was on set, there was obviously times that knowing that I would, you know, speak a lot, I would kind of try and keep the accent going when they say ‘Cut’, you know to kind of keep it in my brain. But I was also ’cause I was surrounded by Americans, that it was a lot easier to kinda come by. It wasn’t too much of an issue, I don’t think . There was a couple of moments that the director would say ‘Sam – you said that completely wrong’ ‘Oh God, sorry!’ But then, you know, that’s something that I can do in post-production and we can re-record things. Not really a big big deal.
FR: We spoke about – ’cause we had a Films of the Year podcast over Christmas and I think we all loved The Hunger Games. But one thing we commented on was the very serious tone of the subject matter and what I always liked about this film was that it was very aware of its subject matter, it was very delicate, very aware of where the audience will be, mentally. When, on set, you were filming Catching Fire, is there a same sort of awareness, I mean is everyone sort of heightened to the point that they know the subject matter is delicate and they kind of have to watch or is it kind of a sort of lively, happy-go-lucky kind of place, trying to gauge the sort of the vibe that might be in or around the place during the filming of it?
SC: I’d love to say that we all took it very seriously, we were very professional – and we are, you know, when we have to be, when we need to be. When they say ‘Action’ we’re all switched on. Everyone’s at positions, everyone’s doing the right thing. However, you know, the moment they say ‘Cut’, like the in-between takes, that time we spend kinda being very mischievous, like all of us were super hyper. It was for the director to kind of take that on board. I do not envy him. As a collective, we were a nightmare but individually, I think, we were all good. But no, I mean, the subject matter is something that I personally loved. You know, I’m surprised that it kind of touched base with so many teenagers. You know it’s one of those things – it’s about kids killing each other. And you know, the books are a lot more gruesome as opposed in the first film. But they have to make it accessible to that young audience, so it’s tough. It really is tough. Kind of make the most of what they have, what they can have.
FR: You talked a little bit about your co-stars and working with some of the biggest actors in the business. Philip Seymour Hoffman – I mean, he’s in Catching Fire. Does that kinda intimidate – that must intimidate you. You just walk on the set with these – just incredible people. Does it freak you out?
SC: It does. You can’t help but let it, you know – it’s one of those things that go through you, it goes straight through you. I mean, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Even Jennifer Lawrence is just, you know, one golden girl and what have you. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best actors that are living. You know, from Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz to Ian McShane. It’s ridiculous the list of names that I have worked with. But you know, I know I’m very, very lucky to be in the situation that I am. Some of my friends in drama school haven’t worked since drama school, and you know, you kind of just have to put it down to luck really.
FR: Well Sam, if you dont mind i’d like to go back in time with you if that’s alright? I’ve recently watched Pillars Of The Earth and i’ve got to say, i loved it. It was brilliant. As far as tv really goes, that must have had a healthy budget and healthy backstage production. How did it go for yourself, because you’re a local boy and how did it go from being on a TV series, then being flown to somewhere like Hawaii and do something huge like The Hunger Games?
SC: Well I think the biggest shock to the system was initially that first job, which was Pillars Of The Earth, you know i’d been studying drama school for like three years and i was supposed to be graduating that Summer. I left a month early to go and start Pillars Of The Earth. I’ll never forget the phonecall saying “take your passport and clothes. You’re going to the airport. You’re going to Budapest” and i had never really gotten on a plane on my own before. I’d just shown up with a passport and I don’t know what i’m doing. You know, I was kind of a deer in headlights. I was so lost and so confused and so worried and scared that I wasn’t going to be good enough and they really really helped me and it was a great learning experience for me, really fantastic to get to work with some of the actors that i’ve kind of watched for years on TV and on the big screen and do have the opportunity to work with them was just absolutely incredible. You know I think the biggest shock to me was one day I was eating beans on toast and the next, I was in Budapest. I come home to a very normal life. I’ll be working hard. I come home and watch the X Factor. It’s so boring and so unglamorous that it’s not even funny.
FR: You talked a little bit about your costars and working with some of the best actors in the business. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in Catching Fire. Does that intimidate you? You just walk on set with some of these incredible people. Does it freak you out?
SC: It does. You can’t help but let it, you know, it’s one of those things that gets goes straight through you. Woody Harralson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, you know even Jennifer Lawrence just won Golden Globes. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people in the business. It’s ridiculous the names that I have but I know that i’m so lucky to work with the people that I have.
FR: I’ve heard a rumor that whilst you were filming Snow White, you had an incident with your horse where it kinda took off on you and Chris Hemsworth came to the rescue. Now, you’ve been using a trident for the role of Finnick. So have there been any kind of close calls or horror stories whilst you’ve been filming?
SC: There really have. This is actually questionable how much I can talk about ’cause I was specifically asked not to mention some of the accidents that happened there. Let’s just say I’m a very, very clumsy person. There was fall after fall after fall – I mean we basically, me and Francis, the director, we were laughing that there will be a whole DVD extra, you know, a whole DVD on its own for the blooper reel just for me. Because every time he’d say ‘Action’, you know just before he’d let the fire, I’d slip over or I’d fall – even when I’m standing still, I’d manage to fall over so um, there were plenty of accidents. My dad would probably tell you on the private.
FR: Well last thing before you do go, last week’s top 10 movies, being Les Mis, Life Of Pie, and coming up soon we’ve got the Oscars and Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln. Which one do you think will win out of those?
SC: Well the most depressing thing is i’ve not seen one of those films yet and when you’ve kind of been away from home and once you get home there’s so much that I have to sort out. It’s quite tough to get to the cimema. I have a friend who is in Les Miserables, Eddie Redmayne, who I worked with in Pillars Of The Earth, so I have to swing that way and also when I was a lot younger I did Les Miserables school audition in Norwhich and so again I have to go with that?
FR: Who did you play in Les Mis?
SC: I did it twice. One, I did my high school and I played Javert, the Russell Crowe part and the other I played (could not understand the next part) FR: Do you think you can sing a little bit better than Russell Crowe?
SC: You know, from what i’ve seen, I hope so (laughs) but you know i’m not the best judge I have to say.
FR: Well Sam, I think we’d all like to say a massive thank you and Hunger Games is out later this year and we look forward to it very much and wish you all the best in your career for 2013 and beyond, so thank you.
And as for us.. as usual we were just totally ecstatic to hear this interview. Sam is obviously interesting, genuine, and down to Earth.. tons of success coming his way!
“Well I mean this is my first time in Italy, Milan. It’s kind of nice to see the influences that are brought into the lifestyle, the..the way that you guys live brought into fashion. You can obviously, as an Englishman I can kind of see that fashion that Armani brings and sort of translates very well into the English society, you know, the grays, the blacks. As you can see I’m wearing gray and black. But no, it’s amazing kind of seeing where it originates, you know? Im a big fan of the muted yellow that he sort of used as an influence. Yeah, I think it’s gonna be a big collection.”
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Sam with Giorgio Armani
Sam was present at the Emporio Armani fashion show on monday. It seems like he enjoyed his stay in Italy! As you may know, this is fashion week in Milan and Sam decided to go with his younger brother Joe Claflin, who posted on his instgram a picture of Sam and him in the Armani Hotel.
Sam Claflin (left)/ Joe Claflin (right)
Women’s Wear Daily: “The Emporio Armani show offered a breather for young British actor Sam Claflin and world champion skier Christof Innerhofer. Claflin, who is wrapping up “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” to be released in November, clearly relishes his day job. “Every day is a dream come true,” he said. During his first trip to Italy — albeit a short one — he squeezed in a walk around Milan’s cathedral on Sunday night. “It’s how I imagined Italy,” he said of the promenade.“
You can find pictures of the cathedral Sam visited on Joe Claflin’s instagram For now, we wonder if Sam will attend other shows ? Men’s Fashion Week is starting this Saturday in Paris.
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Sam’s tweets are funny, he tries to interact with the fans as much as he can, he’s always so sweet with us, #ClaflinCadets! Plus, Sam is an outstanding actor with a lot of talent! Let’s show him the love, and VOTE for him guys! 1 tweet = 1 vote. We can do it
The #Actor Shorty Award : King of the screen or maybe the stage is more their. Wherever it is…
When they’re not working on that action flick, adventure story, comedy, romcom, or other project, these actors are letting their fans know what’s on their mind, and showing their fans love via tweets, Facebook posts, pins, Instagrams, or Youtube videos. Nominate your favorite #Actor HERE!
As you all know, Sam Claflin got the coveted role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Also, new pictures of Sam as Finnick have come out leaving us more than anxious. The pictures were released in an Entertainment Weekly article about THG. Also, this was a full interview specificaly about Sam:
“Sam Claflin was sure he’d whiffed his audition. He was in Los Angeles on a promotional tour for Snow White and the Huntsman when his agent sent him in to read for Finnick Odair—District 4’s charismatic golden boy whose motives remain unclear to Katniss as they head back into the Games. “Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed, sex god,” laughs the 26-year-old Brit over sodas at his Waikiki hotel on a day off from shooting. “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”
But the filmmakers were after more than just some young stud. “Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness or the other way around,” explains Jacobson. “Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.” He has a sweet fiancée as well, the British actress Laura Haddock who walked by the restaurant during our interview, excitedly holding up towels and waving at him as she made her way to the beach.
Claflin brings dimples and green eyes naturally to the role of Finnick. But to otherwise ready himself, he spent months eating nothing but chicken and asparagus. “It’s depressing,” he sighs. “I just want a burger and beer.” He dyed his hair blonde and endured the indignities of spray tanning. “Look at the tanlines on my fingers!” he says as he shows off his peeling brown knuckles. “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.”
All this physical prepping so that he wouldn’t let Finnick’s fans down during the infamous sugar cube scene when the character teases Katniss while wearing a strategically placed bit of net. Just how much net he’ll have on remains to be seen. “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 pauses with a sheepish smile. “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.” Still the scene left Claflin feeling rather exposed. “It was the scariest moment of my life,” he says with a laugh. “I’m on Twitter and so many people have been like ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’”Before the shoot wrapped on December 22, Claflin already knew what he wanted to bring home with him: The arena wet suit for his mother (“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…”) and Finnick’s trident for above his own mantle. “Though I don’t know what my fiancée will think about the décor in our house.”
This not only starts a pretty crazy and exciting adventure for Sam, but for us as well! We are happy, pumped, and fully prepared to follow all news and exciting experiences that Sam will going through in these years to come!
EW released a first look at Catching Fire! You can see our dear Sam as Finnick Odair with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen on the cover! They also released the first still…. and we have no words. We are so proud of Sam, he embodies Finnick perfectly! Look at him! He’s shining. The hair, the smile, everything!
What do you think? Is Sam your Finnick?
EW‘s article (last paragraph is about Sam): ” 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.’”
Sam Claflin has been more than great to his fans. He interacts and is very kind. He’s also one of the most talented actors that we personally have ever seen. Put these two together and what do you have? Sam Claflin coming out at number 2 for Fandango’s fan picks as Biggest Male Breakout Star for Catching Fire! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is also the number 1 fan pick for Most Anticipated Blockbuster.
We are so grateful that THG fans have accepted Sam in to their hearts. But honestly..how could you not? 😉
Now there is only one thing left to do. Get him to number 1, of course!
As 2012 winds down to an end, we have seen a lot of final reviews on all of the big things of the year. And one of them happens to be Sam Claflin. Sam Claflin has played in several movies, several roles, and for several companies. Some were smaller movies, roles, and companies, but some were large which premiered (or filmed) in the last year and a half or so. Which is why we are not surprised that Sam was chosen as one of Teen.com’s 12 biggest breakout stars of 2012.
One of Sam’s first big roles was in 2011′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and his career has only gotten hotter from there! Not only did he star alongside Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman, but he got cast as Finnick Odair in a little film called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, maybe you’ve heard of it? Sam nabbed the highly-coveted role, and we predict he’ll be a household name by this time next year!
Couldn’t have said it better outselves, teen.com. I’m sure we will see his name in several more “biggest of 2012″ articles before the new year!
For anyone who is interested, there is a charity Christmas card that Sam HIMSELF has signed! Just go to the site (HERE) and make your bid! If you have any questions, you can ask (@13challenge) on twitter.
And we know its true because we have the first one! 😉 do this for a good cause and because you love Sam!
Here’s the Christmas card signed by Sam for charity, we received it last weekend :