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First photo: Is Sam Claflin hot enough to play Finnick?

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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      'Catching Fire' preview

If you've read the second book in Suzanne Collins' wildly successful Hunger Games trilogy, you know Finnick Odair is a living, breathing Adonis with a perfect tan, Herculean physique, and hypnotizing sea-green eyes.

Alas we get our first glimpse of him in Entertainment Weekly's preview issue -- along with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) -- for the much anticipated sequel to "The Hunger Games," "Catching Fire" (in theaters November 21). But some fans are already voicing displeasure with the casting choice for Finnick.

(Incidentally, the issue includes more of Lawrence's brand of irreverence. She orders a Budweiser during the interview, jokes a couple times that "I'm pregnant!" and blasts the "b.s." that surrounds Hollywood. Snap!)

Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin at a 'Snow White And The Huntsman' premiere in May (Photo: Getty Premium)

Finnick is played by 26-year-old English actor Sam Claflin. You may recognize him from "Snow White and the Huntsman." (He played Kristen Stewart's love interest.)

While it's hard to tell from pictures, apparently Claflin's eyes are green -- sort of like Finnick's are supposed to be. While not many people in real life possess sea green eyes, it may have been closer to the book to give him some contacts. Die hard fans may be left hoping his eyes illuminate seascape colors through the powers of movie magic by the time the film comes out.

From the look of the magazine cover, Claflin's hair is blonde. The book, however, says his hair is bronze. Yahoo! user and "Catching Fire" fan Macey astutely pointed out that his hair is supposed to be red, adding, "I personally don't think he is hot ENOUGH to be Finnick. He's hot, sure, just not the 'Finnick hot' impression you get from reading the book."

"While Sam Claflin is a very good looking man, he was soo not 'it' for the role of Finnick," wrote Pilar who contends the character is supposed to be more like a young Brad Pitt or James Dean. She did end her thought with the fact that Claflin's acting chops may make up for his physical dissimilarity from the book's character because "look[s] aren't everything."

Claflin, left, and Lawrence in 'Catching Fire' Claflin, left, and Lawrence in 'Catching Fire' (Photo from Entertainment Weekly)

Judging from his appearance on the magazine cover and the above movie still (that depicts Finnick and Katniss during training), Claflin is decidedly tanner than his otherwise normal pale coloring. But by no means is he as deeply bronzed as, say, Matthew McConaughey -- another bone fans may have to pick with the on-screen characterization of Finnick.

At 5'11" and not an ounce of body fat in sight, Claflin also seems to embody a more svelte Finnick. Dare we say, he's a tad puny. If Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum or even Zac Efron found themselves in the role, their muscles would likely be bulging more visibly than Claflin's.

One fan cried out for Garrett Hedlund, who is reported to have turned down the role before Claflin signed on. "Garret Hedlund was perfect! Well, Anyone woud [sic] have been better then him!" wroteMarianna.

Do you think Claflin is hot enough to play Finnick? Answer in the comments section below.

by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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sara_7106
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM
He looks pretty good to me
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MamaMandee
by Mandee on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

He is ok but not what I had in my head when I read the books. 

mama2beautiesnb
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Not at all.
gmadiane
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

he is ok

MrsNewman
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Right. I don't think they are doing a good job with the cast of these movies. 

Quoting MamaMandee:

He is ok but not what I had in my head when I read the books. 


mama2beautiesnb
by Bronze Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM
Quoting MrsNewman:


finnik has been my only disappointment.
MamaMandee
by Mandee on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Im still mad about this today lol 

urbpro
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Seriously, none of the cast in the first movie looked like what I pictured in my head, especially Jennifer, but they need to hire actors not just people who fit the description. He's cute and I'm hloding off judgement until I see what he can do with the role :o)


lga1965
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

 I think its good casting! I read the book. He looks like a Finnick to me! LOL

lga1965
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

 Jennifer won a bunch awards at the Critics' Choice Awards and the Peoples' Choice Awards. I can't see anyone else playing Katniss. SHe is perfect.The Hunger Games won at the Critics Choice Awards. Anyone watch these shows? I LOVE awards shows. Golden Globes are this Sunday.

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