Hand­some does the trick for Sam

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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

se­quel.

The Hunger Games

Above: Sam Claflin stars in The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire

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