Michaela has been a Sam Claflin fangirl since long before his name was rumored for Catching Fire, so she wrote us a lovely guest post to tell us a little more about Sam and ask fans to please stop bashing him when you’re not even familiar with his career!
Sometimes it bothers me how judgmental the Hunger Games fandom can get. There are still people put there who hate Jennifer or Josh or even Amandla (some people are still convinced Rue is white…). This time around with Catching Fire has been a little less hateful, but it still has its moments. Now that Finnick is cast, Sam is the fandom’s new battering ram. I always knew Finnick would be a controversial casting decision no matter who he was, but this outright hatred of him still bothers me mostly because of this: I seem to be one of very few people in the fandom who was thrilled to see Sam cast, rather than disgusted or disappointed.
Finnick fan-casting has always made me cringe.
“I like Garrett Hedund!”
Or they say some stupid comment like this:
“I think Alex Pettyfer is a fabulous actor”
In a hopefully quick explanation, here is why I hated all of those people for Finnick:
–Garrett Hedlund is a bit of a jerk in real life and bad at interviews. (I’ll get to why that behavior is unacceptable later)
–James Gaisford is fabulous in that Finnick&Annie webseries, but he is waaaaayyy too young to be Finnick considering how old Jenn, Josh, and Liam are.
–Hunter Parrish ruined his chances of acceptance from me when he couldn’t stop talking about how much he wanted to be Peeta or Finnick or any other person in the movies. If he got cast there was no way he was going to keep it a secret, so there is no way Lionsgate could have cast him….he would ruin every casting decision!!!
–Alex Pettyfer cannot act, and quite frankly, he is a huge jackass. Hell, he wouldn’t even play Jace in The Mortal Instruments (he actually would have been good for that role, but only because Jace is a jackass too, meaning the role would require no acting on his part) because he wasn’t offered enough money. Seriously? You only get that power if you are 1)A-list, or 2) Able to prove you can carry a franchise (like Jenn, who just got a ginormous pay raise!). Alex is neither of those.
The only person who was ever fancast that I approved of was Armie Hammer, but it was obvious from the start he had too many films on his plate to be able to play Finnick. Once I realized this, I threw my hands in the air and basically gave up. I was convinced Finnick’s casting was going to majorly disappoint me.
That was before Sam Claflin was ever rumored.
Honestly, I am a bit biased towards Mr. Claflin. I know Pirates 4 is kind of universally hated, but I prefer it to the 2nd and 3rd Pirates movies….I am an oddball, I guess. Part of this love is owed to Sam. I saw the movie in theatres for one of my best friend’s birthday parties. I had no idea what to expect from the movie.
The second I saw Sam onscreen I started to fangirl. I loved his character, l loved that he loved a mermaid, and, hell, I even thought he was attractive. I “awwed” over him so much that one of my friends turned to me and said “He is not even that attractive.” That statement crushed my soul and turned me into a closet fangirl….I have loved this guy for a while but no one really knows about it. I stalked his IMDB page, and was super excited about Snow White and the Huntsman. Since Kristen Stewart was Snow White(ughh), Sam (and the actual god that is Chris Hemsworth) were the only reasons I wanted to see the movie. Of course, the trailers ended up looking epic, so I eventually did want to see it for a reason other than fangirling.
Anyways, Sam as Finnick rumors got me super excited. I never really had a perfect image of Finnick, so the simple fact that I dearly love Sam Claflin was enough to excite me. I finally had hope that Finnick’s casting wouldn’t upset me. He is certainly better than most of the other people rumored, and especially better than all of the fancasts. Unfortunately, no one seemed to agree with me….and even more people disagree now that he is actually cast. This brings me to the real purpose behind this post: I have to try and convince all of the haters he will be an amazing Finnick.
Let’s start off with a simple example of his superb-ness. This relates to my reason for not liking Garrett for the role. Sam is good with interviews. The Hunger Games was a mega-blockbuster, and before that there were HUNDREDS of interviews and mall tours and stuff like that. Finnick is, arguably, the most essential person to be cast since Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. He is going to be thrown in front of crowds and trampled and attacked by fangirls…and it won’t even matter if most of these fangirls don’t like Sam as Finnick. He is still Finnick, so he is going to be chased around like a gazelle being tailed by a pride of lions. If Sam was a world-class jerk and an ass during interviews, he could never be Finnick because it would ruin the illusion fans have of him.
The spectacular thing about interviews is that they show a person’s true personality, and in Sam’s interviews I can see that Finnick’s personality isn’t too far from his own. He is, firstly, a super sweet, darling guy. Even more importantly, though, is that he laughs a lot, makes a lot of jokes, and totally uses sarcasm whenever presented with an opportunity to use it. Finnick has to be sarcastic and cocky and capable of putting off an egotistical appearance (even though at the core he is a marshmallow of sweetness). Josh is the perfect Peeta because of his personality. Sam will be the perfect Finnick for the same reason. Sure, Gloss is an underwear model. The thing is, Sam is not that unattractive. Once he bulks up and develops a tan he will be pretty darn good-looking……and there is still the makeup crew. If the makeup crew can turn the beautiful Elizabeth Banks into a super ugly Effie Trinket, then they can turn an already attractive Sam Claflin into a super hot Finnick Odair.
If you still aren’t convinced, this video is my last effort:
The lady with him is his fiance Laura Haddock. I believe that it is hard to act in love when you have never been in love yourself. Annie is an essential part of Finnick, so Sam is going to have to be in love with her. It makes it easier to believe he can act that way when it looks like he is in love himself. Laura and Sam are freaking adorable together, and act like they’ve known each other for forever.
There is also a photo on imdb of them just staring into each others eyes. It’s so cute, and further convinces me that they love each other.
If after all of this you still don’t believe he is perfect, then I guess there is nothing I can do to convince you. *feeling dejected* Just remember that Sam is officially Finnick now….you can’t change that, so you need to get used to him eventually. Why not now? I believe he will do a fabulous job, and I hope that eventually the rest of y’all will see the same amazing-ness I do.