He scored a dream gig on the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Sam Claflin is giddy about playing Finnick Odair.
The Snow White and the Huntsman hunk chatted with Teen Vogue about his experience working on the movie, now that hes almost done filming.
Sam began, “They decided to go with me as opposed to any of the other young, hot, good-looking actors out there. I have a tan and a six-pack now after four months of hard work. I feel slowly but surely like I am Finnick Odair.”
And all of that physical conditioning came in handy when the cameras started rolling. “I spend a lot of the film carrying an old lady on my back, as Finnick carries Mags for the majority of the arena scenes. From the moment I set foot in Atlanta, they had me at the gym, working out twice a day. And then stunt training, it”s nonstop.”
Claflin continued, “I feel like every day of filming is a workout, running around Hawaii with little old Lynn Cohen on my back. As for my diet, I think I”ve eaten more chickens than there are in the world. I would eat chicken and asparagus for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast I”d have an omelet and oatmeal. And I had that every day for four months. I”ve talked to my friends and said, “Oh my God, I”m so depressed, I just want a burger.” And they”re like, “You don”t know how lucky you are to be doing what you are doing.””
As for his role, Sam noted, “There are so many complexities to this character. Finnick has a tempestuous relationship with Katniss — she trusts him one minute, and the next she doesn”t. I love their relationship. Together they eventually realize they need each other to survive, and that is beautiful.”