In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, British heartthrob Sam Claflin won our hearts as the sexy, smirking and surprisingly noble Finnick Odair. But reprising his role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Claflin offers us a very different Finnick from the character's first frames.
Minor spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 lie ahead:
By the start of this third Hunger Games installment, Finnick has twice survived the deadly games put on by the Capitol to keep the Districts in line. For the first time since his reaping, he's out of the spotlight of President Snow, and it makes for a character that Sam Claflin compares to Marilyn Monroe.
In our exclusive interview, Sam Claflin said of Finnick:
"The Finnick that we meet in the last movie, my sort of understanding was, when I read the books, was that it was all kind of a character, a front that put on. He sort of had this personality that wasn’t the real him and I think within this movie, we have the opportunity to delve deeper into his soul and kind of see the real (him). He’s broken and he’s vulnerable. He’s sensitive…It is like Marilyn Monroe, the way that when she was in front of the camera, she was one personality, one type of human being. And the moment the doors close, sort of the real Marilyn came out, and I think it’s my way of describing Finnick best. The cameras switch off, the moment he’s in District 13, you really see his true colors, so that’s the sort of Finnick that we luckily have the opportunity to meet in this movie."
Seeing the real side of Finnick includes a devastating monologue that fans of the book remember well. But protective of those who haven't, Sam Claflin was initially vague in his discussion of this big scene, making the following spoiler-free. In the sequence, Finnick is essentially telling all of Panem what he knows about The Capitol. Claflin recalls of shooting this scene:
" It was very intense. I just remember there being a lot of dialogue, a lot for me to learn. And as well as there being of course a lot of words to learn, it was more about what he's saying and how he was saying it. Me and Francis (Lawrence, the film's director) had many conversations sort of discussing and dissecting whether we thought he’d be emotional bringing up his past or whether it was very factual. So we sort of played around with it a little bit. But I think we both agreed that it was more, 'These are the facts,' as opposed to him crying about things that happened ten years ago. But it was an amazing opportunity for me to kind of, have the opportunity to play around with something of that sort of scale."
We'll get more into this scene, and a Finnick scene Hunger Games fanatics will miss next week. To learn what Game of Thrones roles Claflin was once considered for, click here.
To discover what Jeffrey Wright had to say about his The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 character, Beetee "Volts" Latier, click to page two.