When it was announced that Sam Claflin would play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games film series starting with Catching Fire, there were some naysayers. Is Claflin attractive enough? Could he be charming enough? Well, after many of his interviews gearing up for the film’s release, we can definitively say: yes, Claflin can charm the pants off anyone.
He spoke with ET about preparing for the scene in which Finnick gives Peeta mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, saying, “I did actually practice with a dummy for three hours … And then I made out with Josh. It’s like, my favorite film ever!”
As far as crab impressions go, we give this one a two out of five. C’mon Claflin, you could have gotten out of your seat at least, but points for hilarity.
When talking about getting into his role for Catching Fire, he said, “I’m nothing like Finnick Odair. I was surprised that the director was able to see past my ugly exterior.” We all know that’s not true, but it’s nice to see an actor without an ego.
Jena Malone and Claflin were both new to The Hunger Games cast in the second installment of the franchise, and they formed a seriously adorable friendship. Throughout interviews and photo shoots to promote the film they were paired together, which made us very jealous of Malone.
It’s kind of halfway between a suave gesture and a muscle twitch, but that doesn’t make it any less endearing.
When asked by Moviefone whether Finnick’s charm or trident is the better weapon, Claflin responded: “I’d say his trident, I mean I can’t kill people with my charm. Maybe I can, I am English.”