Where to start? Oh yeah– we finally got our Finnick today! First of all, I feel like I need to go back on my last article featuring my railing at the gods over poor Mr. Claflin– so here goes. I like Sam, I’ve always liked Sam, I’ll probably continue to like Sam even after The Hunger Games series finishes out. Why? Because I’ve been a fan of his for a couple of years now, and my admiration for his talent is not going anywhere, so there’s that. However, regarding my previous railings– those worries still hold water, but they are quickly evaporating. If you’re unwilling to go back and read what I wrote before, I’ll just lay it out here, Sam’s not the definition of an Adonis, and in a way that makes me wary, but then again Finnick was never described as an Adonis. This is Finnick’s description, “tall, athletic, with golden skin and bronze-colored hair and those incredible eyes.” If you’re taking the description at face value, that is actually Sam Claflin that was just mapped out in words. True, he’s not 6’5 like my favorite Armie Hammer, but he’s still above average in height at 5’11 (average is 5’10), he is athletic, he even played a professional football player in United opposite David Tennant. Also, he’s wholly capable of achieving a tan, and yes– in my opinion he does have incredible eyes, and believe it or not they are green, as Finnick is also described to have.
I haven’t seen a recent photo of him since he was doing press for Snow White and the Huntsman, but that was over three months ago, and as Hunger Games fans we should all know that three months can mean a lot where it comes to an actor’s physique changing. Case in point: Josh Hutcherson was an average built 18 year-old kid when he was cast as Peeta, but about two months later he had gained 15 lbs of muscle, had his hair dyed blond, got a tan– and pretty much won most of the nay-sayers over with his shear Peeta-ness. The cast of this on going franchise are not slouches where it comes to
reaching, and achieving the physical transformations their characters require, it’s part of their job to be on top of these things, we all know this, right? Jennifer Lawrence as we unfortunately know, has been hitting the gym regularly for the last several months, as seen in the innumerable, and bothersome paparazzi shots of her leaving her yoga studio, or what not. We all also know that Josh Hutcherson has been hitting the diet and exercise bag hard, and has also let some privileged hair stylist attack his hair with a bottle of bleach. Liam Hemsworth, can’t forget him– he’s just neck-deep in production on Paranoia, and has magically seemingly kept some of the svelte-ness he attained for Gale last summer. However, I have no doubt that once he gets on set for Catching Fire, he’s probably going to have to forgo beer, and all other carbs until his last day of shooting. Which brings me to the newly cast Sam, my take is that Sam’s known for a number of weeks that he got the gig, and has been minding his p’s and q’s, and that includes exercising, and possibly dieting even whilst shooting a made for TV film down in South Africa not 10 days ago. I follow him on Twitter, and he has said that he’s trying to be good where it comes to exercise and food. So, rest easy you lot who are off in a corner fuming, the magic of a strict diet, an insane work-out routine, a good hair stylist, and a well placed gold-net will transform Sam Claflin into the charming, doomed wretch we all adore so very much.
I have to say this, if you’ve only seen Snow White and the Huntsman, or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides you’re doing a massive disservice to your well rounded-ness as a human being. Sam’s a British actor, and British actors make their bread and butter by doing short series’, made for TV movies, theater, and if they’re lucky– feature films, and that is exactly how Sam’s fed himself for years, except the theater bit, I have seen no evidence of him doing theater outside of drama school at LAMDA. You are reading this on the Internet, and the Internet is a wealth of information, and I guarantee you that you can find a way to watch all of his work outside of the two feature films I named above. You can find Pillars of the Earth at most public libraries, or find it on Netflix. Any Human Heart is also available at libraries, and from Netflix. United, which was released in 2011, for most audiences outside of the UK is hard to find– but this is the Internet, so go find it other ways, guys– that also goes for White Heat! Let me put it this way, if you want to know what this guy is capable of– you need to actually see what he’s capable of.
Go to! That’s Shakespeare.
Them There Eyes