No matter what you think of Sam Claflin being cast in Finnick Odair for Catching Fire, he certainly has given the role a lot of thought.
Sam has been featured in the Celebrity Spotlight of Elle Magazine and has given a fair bit of insight into the cast process that landed him the role of Finick. It’s a fantastic read.
Here’s just a taste of what he has to say:
Sam Claflin: I was sent over a script and there was no title to what I was reading. It was just two scenes with a character called “Finnick” and a mini-character breakdown. I started reading the scene and saw the name Katniss, and I’d just recently seen The Hunger Games, so I thought, “OK, is this a connection?” But I didn’t know it was a trilogy. I just thought it was a one-time film. So I typed “Finnick Odair” into Google an all these book and fan pages came up and I was kind of like, “whoa.” So I just went through all of it and did as much research as I could the night before.
I think the fantastic thing that Suzanne Collins manages to achieve in these books is that every single character, no matter how big or small, goes through such an amazing journey. And as you read through them, you realize that someone like Finnick—whose image suggest he is perfection personified—is very far from that and he has a very dark past. So Frances allowed me the freedom to play with that in my scenes. Finnick is far from perfect. He has pitfalls and also this fantastic complexity. And Catching Fire is just touching the surface of where he goes.
You can read the full interview at Elle, but we’d love to know if you are excited to see Sam as Finnick? Let us know in the comments below.