Sam Claflin didn’t read ‘Hunger Games’ before he was cast as Finnick: blasphemy?

Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin appears in the March issue of Teen Vogue (the one with Chloe Moretz on the cover) to warm us up for his role as the damaged yet seductive Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. The magazine describes Claflin as a “postapocalyptic stud,” and I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on that note. I have to admit feeling slightly disappointed when released its first look at Finnick, and Sam looked like a startled deer in the headlights instead of a victorious tribute who could work some serious mojo with a trident. Even though Sam is 26 years old, he also looked pretty young to play Finnick. I had to go back and verify that the Finnick character is 24, but I still think that Sam’s face looks younger than I’d imagined for the role. Oh well. Here are some excerpts from Sam’s Teen Vogue interview:

He hadn’t read the books before his audition (uh-oh): “Yeah, so they decided to go with me as opposed to any of the other young, hot, good-looking actors out there. [Laughs] I auditioned like everyone else. I didn’t know what it was for before I went in, and I hadn’t read the books. Looking at the page with a character named Finnick, I was like, Who the heck is Finnick? And then I saw Katniss on the page, and I was like, Ahh, OK, maybe this is The Hunger Games. Then they decided they would dye my hair blonde, and presto, there’s your Finnick Odair!”

He knows the character now: “There are so many complexities to this character. Finnick has a tempestuous relationship with Katniss–she trusts him one minute, and the next she doesn’t. I love their relationship. Together they eventually realize they need each other to survive, and that is beautiful.”

On Jennifer Lawrence: “Jen is the most talented actress I have had the pleasure of working with. She is truly amazing. She has everything already and doesn’t have to try. But the fact that she is so professional and hardworking and willing to get her hands dirty makes her even more amazing.”

He plays pranks on JLaw: “There are lots of tricks that we play on each other. Josh [Hutcherson] and I are currently planning on hijacking a chicken and hiding it in Jen’s trailer. Whether or not that comes true, I don’t know.”

His life might change drastically soon: “Finnick isn’t Peeta or Katniss. I wanted to play Katniss, but they refused. [Laughs] I live in London, which is miles away from where those guys live. Therefore, it could be very different.”

On the pressure of playing such a beloved character: “All I can say is I try very hard and hopefully I won’t disappoint people. He’s a very charming physical being, and hopefully he will be exactly what people read in the book and I won’t be doing an injustice. I purposefully did not want to watch anything I’ve done so far; I actually don’t like looking at my face, so I don’t like watching myself on the screen. It’s an insecurity thing I have. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, I think, and I strive for perfection. The reason I’m an actor is because I’ll never be able to be perfect. I hope people enjoy my interpretation. Hopefully we’ll make a bigger and better one this time around.”

[From Teen Vogue]

I can easily see a lot of Hunger Games fans getting really worked up about Sam not even knowing the first thing about the book trilogy before he went in to audition for the movie. He was apparently aware of the first movie, but that’s not good enough for the literary diehards out there. I don’t know why his publicist would even let him admit such a catastrophic thing. I do hope he at least read the book after he got the role and didn’t just rely on the movie script to get him through his job.

Teen Vogue has also put together a little video featurette of its time with Sam. Yes, he’s holding a bulldog. Nice touch.

Sam Claflin

Photos courtesy of Teen Vogue

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  1. marie says:

    he looks attractive in that top picture, AND I can’t see the hips-always a plus.

  2. stellalovejoydiver says:

    “I actually don’t like looking at my face, so I don’t like watching myself on the screen.”

    Neither do I. Seriously bland birthing hips wannabe Pattinson should be forever thankful for the stupidity of those casting directors. He is so miscast. JLaw could eat him for breakfast. Alexander Pettyfer would have been great in this role.

    Also: Jake Abel:
    Alexander Fehling:

    • Miss Kiki says:

      Pettyfer aka Douche Extrordinaire? No thank you!

      Jesse Williams, every day of the week.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      @Miss Kiki: I know he is so douchey, but hot, he is my shamefuck. Also think about those hilarous interviews he would give. Jesse Williams, as perfect he would have been, would never get cast, not after the racist backlash first time, they also whitewashed Katniss.

      @Amelia: Pettyfer would have no problem pulling of the cocky attitude Finnick has and I think the interviews would be hilarous, also him and JLaw would prob not get along due to his ego and her being really down to earth, just imagine the juicy gossip and bitchfights.

      • Miss Kiki says:

        I can’t even judge you, my shame f*cks are Adam Levine, Shia La Bouf and James Franco. The tri fector of douche bags!

        You’re right though, the shit, Alex would talk after the film would be hilarious. I think that Jesse is confident enough in his beautiful good looks to bring the right amount of cockyiness that a character like Finnick needs and if I’m not mistaken even in the books he’s described as having golden skin. After the backlash from before from Rue I’m not overly surprised that they chose Sam.

      • kixendawn says:

        OMG! Shamef**k!! So thats the word to describe how I feel when I look at adam levine lol

    • Liv says:

      @stella: Oh my, he’s mine too! Totally hot, but obviously an idiot. I mean let’s not talk about his tattoo…

      And seriously, I’m angry that Claflin didn’t even read the book when he auditioned. He’s apparantly not the perfectionist he wants to be. I really wanted to give him a chance as Finnick ( ;-) ), but this is ridiculous.

  3. Esmom says:

    I don’t know who this guy is but in a million years I wouldn’t imagine Finnick looking like him.

    But I also wanted Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss and think Peeta and Gale are miscast so what do I know?

    • flor says:

      I wanted Hailee too! I think she would have rocked that part. But they cast JLaw so well…
      I still don’t get why I am suppose to think that Josh is hot because he isn’t. Miley’s man is almost married and I feel weird looking at him so then, there’s this guy who was terrible in POTC and it’s not Finnick hot.

      THG is a big casting fail. They are lucky people are obsessed with the books because the movie was very bad directed and the CGI looked terrible.

    • Simmy says:

      I still think Hailee Steinfeld would have made a better Katniss. I like JLaw a lot, but I think Hailee would have really rocked it. And I am definitely not into Liam Hemsworth. He just has kind of a dumb face. They were spot on with Hutcherson though. Of the three his performance was definitey most like what I imagined Peeta would be.

      I like Sam Claflin from what I’ve seen him in (Snow White, Pillars of the Earth) so I have hope. Jesse Williams though… sigh, the Finnick of my dreams.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I think Emily Browning would have been a better Katniss as JLaw.

    • Bijlee says:

      Saorise Ronan would have been amazing. She’s incredible and completely underrated.

  4. pretty says:

    i personally think jesse williams <- this guy would be the perfect finnick~! He is so beautiful.

  5. Micki says:

    I aven’t read it either, bought it for my husband, he’s read it in a flash.
    Have to find time for it.

  6. Victoria1 says:

    Isn’t Finnick supposed to be hot? Why is this dude cast? Seriously did the casting director read the books? I should be a casting director. Shirtless auditions only!

  7. I’m still so upset about this casting. I WANTED GARRETT HEDLUND!!!

  8. annabelle says:

    I love the books, but I’m not feeling too much angst over the fact he didn’t read them first. A twenty-something year old actor dude not reading an actual book isn’t all that surprising to me.

    My beef is that he in no way matches the detailed literary description of the character, nor does he radiate the essence of Finnick in translation to film. This is a terrible casting job.

    (as was the Josh H, but whatevs)

  9. mia girl says:

    Meh, don’t care if he didn’t read the book before going to the casting.
    What I am worked up about is that the generic looking tshirt he’s wearing in the first pic cost $125!!?? WTF.

  10. j.eyre says:

    I would have loved Jesse Williams too and there are others who have Finnick’s look but I am backing Chafin in the role. Finnick is all about the attitude and I think Chafin is cheeky enough to pull it off.
    I just hope I am right.

    • Marty says:

      Agreed! Although I really like Sam as a person, so that might be swaying my decision slightly.

      I still can’t believe they didn’t cast an Annie in CF, I just don’t see how that’s going to work. She’s essential to the Finnick character even though her part is small.

  11. RobN says:

    On the upside, if he didn’t read the books, at least he doesn’t realize how badly miscast he is.

  12. Bijlee says:

    The books are badly written in my opinion. Great stories! But the pacing and the writing are just awful. The author was involved in the writing of the script for the first one and I hope to god they get better screenwriters for the second one because the first movie was not as great as everyone made it out to be. It was at best a decent adaptation and WAY overhyped.

  13. MisJes says:

    Eh, I can’t hate on Sam too much for not having read the book before auditioning. Working actors often audition for multiple roles every week, more likely than not his agent set up the audition and Sam dutifully attended as instructed. He’s a 26 year old man, it’s not surprising that his hadn’t read The Hunger Games.

    Also, the casting is done, there isn’t any point in getting riled up over who should have gotten the main roles in The Hunger Games. The casting directors do this for a living, put a bit of trust in their expertise. They got Jennifer Lawrence on board, and she is fantastic!

  14. Stephanie says:

    That guy is not hot enough IMO.

  15. CC says:

    Re: not having read the book and admiting it.

    #why on earth don’t publicists manage to keep the muzzle on actors anymore? They keep running their mouths, aying things that make them look incredibly dumb.

    For an actor not to be aware of cultural phenomenoms that might actually be turned into…uhhh…movies, which is their trade…is just a travesty. Good or bad they should be aware of anything that might affect them, especially considering that they’re playing in the young adult market, and not knowing young adult pop culture? UGH

  16. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    Am I the only one who is going “FINNICK ISN’T BLONDE!”

  17. Mandy says:

    I am the type of person who ALWAYS reads the book(s) before seeing the movies (I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy 3 times before seeing the movies) and I had no problem with the fact that Viggo Mortensen hadn’t read the books before taking on the role of Aragorn. On that note, I don’t understand why people would get so upset if someone hadn’t read the book(s) beforehand if they do the role appropriately. A;so, does it really matter whether they read the book(s) or not? They follow the screenplay, not the script in the book(s) (unfortunately for the LOTR series), so as long as they learn their lines and can act well (unlike Kristen Stewart), it doesn’t/shouldn’t matter whether they read the book(s) before taking the part or not. IMO.