HungerTV recently spoke to Sam Claflin and in the interview, they discussed his role as Finnick Odair, what initially drew him to The Hunger Games, and his take on fame and Hollywood. It’s a fantastic interview, which you can read at HungerTV. Below are some excerpts that directly relate to The Hunger Games.
WARNING: MOCKINGJAY SPOILERS BELOW.
YOU’VE SAID BEFORE THAT YOU’RE NOT INTERESTED IN FAME. BEING PART OF THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY, DO YOU THINK IT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET USED TO?
Maybe, but it’s hard to predict. I didn’t do the movie to be famous. I chose to do it partly as a way to get my face and name out there and to hopefully open a few more doors, but also because it’s a project that I’m hugely interested in. I watched the first movie and I was a huge fan, so it has been a real creative curve in my career to be able to work with this incredible cast of actors, directors and producers on [something] that I’m proud to watch back.
HOW IS THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE HUNGER GAMES COMING ALONG?
We’re actually filming it now, and as much as I’m enjoying being back in London and having a lovely month off, it’s going full steam ahead. I’ve only filmed one day so far!
HOW INVESTED ARE YOU IN YOUR CHARACTER FINNICK? HE COMES TO QUITE A GRISLY END.
It’s definitely going to be difficult to admit defeat, but it’s all to look forward to, and I don’t know exactly how it’s going to play out. Sometimes the unknown is more exciting.
INITIALLY YOU GOT A FEW NEGATIVE COMMENTS WHEN YOU WERE CAST FOR THE ROLE. HOW DOES NEGATIVE PRESS AFFECT YOU?
If anyone were to say that it didn’t affect them, I think they’d be lying. I genuinely think that itaffected me in a good way, though. It drove me towork harder and made me want to prove to theworld and to those doubters that I could do it. I found Finnick a very difficult character to play because he’s sexy and tanned and blond, and I’m none of those things, so a transformation was in order. Physically I spent months and months in the gym. Whether or not I did the character justice isn’t for me to decide.
Since I was one of those Negative Nancies, I’d just like to say I was very happily proven wrong once Catching Fire came out.
HungerTV also has video of Sam’s photo shoot, so be sure to head over to their site to watch!
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