Ever since there was word that The Hunger Games trilogy was to be made into movies, there’s been speculation on just who would make the perfect Finnick Odair. As of today we have the final official confirmation that it’s going to be Sam Claflin.
But what do you know about Sam? While he’s just starred as Prince William in Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hollywood Reporter says there’s five things you may not know about the 26-year-old English actor – and the future Finnick Odair:
1. Claflin doesn’t have show business in his blood.
Claflin was born in Ipswich, Suffolk. His mother is a classroom assistant at the high school he went to, and his father is an accountant. “My parents don’t have any showbusiness links,” he said in an interview. “They are so far away from it. It is nice to be able to share it with them and hold hands and scream together.”
2. He could have been a soccer star.
Claflin says he played soccer “24/7” when he was younger, and if he hadn’t broken his ankle as a teen, his life may have gone in a very different direction. He was a member of the School of Excellence for Norwich City FC, but injured himself during a game, which led to the end of his soccer career.
He was playing in the park with his friends when he collided with another player as they both went for the ball, he told a local newspaper. When he tried to walk home, his ankle “snapped in half.”
“At that moment I realized how serious it was because of the pain,” he said. “I did try getting back into football but my ankle couldn’t last for a full game.”
3. He auditioned to play a prince in two Snow White movies.
Claflin starred as the prince in Snow White and the Huntsman, Universal’s dark take on the fairy tale starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. However, he revealed that he had also audition to play the prince in Relativity’s campy version starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts. The part went to Armie Hammer.
4. He has something in common with Kristen Stewart.
Before working with Stewart on Snow White and the Huntsman, Claflin already had something in common with his co-star. Claflin is a fan of a musician named Marcus Foster, who played at his birthday party. It turns out Foster knows Stewart as well because the Twilight star appeared in one of his music videos. “It was an immediate ice-breaker as we had something in common,” he said about his connection to Stewart.
5. He’ll star in The Quiet Ones.
Claflin has signed up to star opposite Jared Harris in John Pogue‘s supernatural thrillerThe Quiet Ones. The film, inspired by true events, follows a professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: creating a poltergeist from negative human energy.
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