The New York Times interviewed our Finnick, Sam Claflin, where he opened up about how playing Finnick has changed his life and the difficulties of wielding a trident!
Q. What’s it like to portray a character that exists so vividly in the minds of fans?
A. These books are so powerful, and the fan base is so passionate, that obviously every fan had read the books and had an idea in their imagination of what Finnick should look like. I think maybe three people in the entire world thought it should be me.
Why not you?
I certainly don’t have the confidence that he has in his own body. I wasn’t blond, tanned, and I didn’t have a six pack. I’m not one of those guys who goes to the beach and is happy to take my top off. I personally relate to the sensitive and insecure side to him. But there was a huge physical transformation for me — a lot of working out, dieting. And the more I found myself turning into Finnick, the more confident I felt for the first time ever.
How long did it take to get used to sprinting through the jungles of Hawaii holding a three-pronged spear?
There were two different tridents. One was metal, top-heavy and very difficult to maneuver. One was rubber — apart from the actual stick part — and was safer for me and for everyone around me. I was running around really treacherous terrain trying to maneuver my trident through vines. I was kind of lethal.
Thanks to the incredible people at Ranker.com, we have access to a very cool Hunger Games list! As you can see below, Katniss leads the pack (no surprise), but Haymitch is in second?? We thought for sure that would be Peeta.
Fortunately, it’s a relatively new list, which means you can make an impact. CLICK HERE to vote and change the rankings!
Oh, Finnick! You handsome devil! Check out this amazing new still of our beloved District 4 victor, Finnick Odair, courtesy of Capitol Couture. How much more handsome can Finnick be?! Excuse us while we go fangirl
The fisherman knit sweater from District Four.
by Monica Corcoran Harel
Nothing speaks to clan heritage like a fisherman knit sweater. Typically passed down through generations, these rugged pieces date back to islands off the west coast of Ireland. Finnick Odair’s own Aran cardigan—comprised of over 100,000 artful stitches—is a sartorial relic from his father, who fished District 4 back when sea bass and cod were bountiful. Rumor has it the debonair Victor sees his sweater as a talisman representative of his family’s Celtic strength and pride
This looks to be the District 4 reaping scene. Be sure to pack your favorite knit wear before heading out to the sea! I know I can use a knit sweater up here in the north.
Us Weekly’s Catching Fire Collector’s Edition will hit shelves on November 1st and we now know what the cover looks like! This time we get Katniss flanked by Finnick and Peeta, once again in their arena gear. It looks like this issue is packed full of some great stuff, including FIVE posters! You can pre-order a copy Barnes and Noble.
The October 2013 issue of Vanity Fair feature’s a Catching Fire spread, which contains an editorial piece and stills of Gale, Finnick, Peeta, Effie, and Katniss which look to be from the Capitol Portraits shoot. Keeping with what we’ve seen so far from Catching Fire, all of the facial expressions are so very serious–and rightly so. With the film’s release quickly approaching, I think it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys featured in magazines!