Teen Vogue has dubbed him the newest postapocalypic stud. Sam Claflin, the British actor who won the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is about to be featured in the coming March edition and talks extensively about how he feels about taking on the role, the huge amount of training he had to undertake before filming, what it’s like working with Jennifer Lawrence, his friendship with Josh Hutcherson and generally, we he loves being Finnick!
Here’s some of what Sam had to say:
TV: Your training sounds intense!
SC: From the moment I set foot in Atlanta, they had me at the gym, working out twice a day. And then stunt training, it’s nonstop. To be fair, I spend a lot of the film carrying an old lady on my back, as Finnick carries Mags for the majority of the arena scenes. I feel like every day of filming is a workout, running around Hawaii with little old Lynn Cohen on my back. As for my diet, I think I’ve eaten more chickens than there are in the world. [Laughs] I would eat chicken and asparagus for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast I’d have an omelet and oatmeal. And I had that every day for four months. I’ve talked to my friends and said, “Oh my God, I’m so depressed, I just want a burger.” And they’re like, “You don’t know how lucky you are to be doing what you are doing.”
TV: What makes Finnick such a great character to play?
SC: 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.
TV: What is it like working with Jennifer Lawrence?
SC: 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.
TV: And what about Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth?
SC: With Josh, we hit it off from the first conversation we ever had, which was about soccer. He asked me if I like soccer, and I was like, Yes, I’m English! It kind of got blown out of proportion, spending time off set playing soccer. It’s a definite bromance. I think I’m quoting him on that, or Jen. Unfortunately, Finnick and Gale don’t ever cross paths in this particular film, so I’ve not really had the opportunity to get to know Liam very well. If he is anything like his brother Chris, which I’m sure he is, I’m sure he’s a lovely, lovely guy.
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