Handsome does the trick for Sam
SAM Claflin won a role in The Hunger Games sequel because he’s ‘‘handsome as hell’’, according to director Francis Lawrence.
There was speculation over who would play District Four tribute Finnick Odair in the second instalment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens in Australia on November 21.
Many leading men were linked to the role, but it went to Snow White and the Huntsman actor Claflin. Lawrence is confident the right person has been chosen to portray the character.
‘‘(Claflin) is very athletic, which is great. He’s in great shape. He’s very charismatic,’’ Lawrence says.
‘‘But I was also looking in the long term. There’s kind of a rogue-like quality to him in this book.
‘‘And long term, he’s actually an emotional character and a very loyal character and a character who’s in love; a character who experienced quite a lot of sadness.
‘‘And he was really able to tap into that, as well as being really charming and sexy and handsome as hell.’’
Lawrence also spoke about Woody Harrelson’s role as Haymitch Abernathy, the alcoholic District 12 mentor to Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen. He says he wanted to give more depth to the character and reveal his history.
‘‘One of the things I really like about this book is you start to see kind of why Haymitch is the way he is and I did a fair amount of work in terms of that, in terms of understanding PTSD and how to work with somebody with posttraumatic stress,’’ he says.
‘‘He can be quite cynical and sarcastic at times.
‘‘But I think there’s a more human side to him in this one as well.’’
Shooting on Catching Fire wrapped in December last year. Lawrence says filming the follow-up movie in locations including Hawaii proved a real challenge to cast and crew.
‘‘And you know even though shooting in Hawaii sounds like a lot of fun, it’s pretty tricky when you’re in the beach and waves and tides,’’ he says.
‘‘Our set got washed away one day by the tide, and then ... shooting in the jungle where there’s bugs and mud and rain. The days are short, so you don’t have much time.’’
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in Australia on November 21. Birch Carroll & Coyle Australia Fair hosts a charity screening of the film to raise funds for Tandum and Orphanage Poverty Centre Organisation on November 21 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 to $15. Visit eventcinemas.com.au for details.
Right: Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss, and Josh Hutcherson, as Peeta, in a scene from
The Hunger Games
Above: Sam Claflin stars in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire