Sam Claflin on His Transformation into Finnick Odair

The New York Times interviewed our Finnick, Sam Claflin, where he opened up about how playing Finnick has changed his life and the difficulties of wielding a trident!

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Q. What’s it like to portray a character that exists so vividly in the minds of fans?

A. These books are so powerful, and the fan base is so passionate, that obviously every fan had read the books and had an idea in their imagination of what Finnick should look like. I think maybe three people in the entire world thought it should be me.

Why not you?

I certainly don’t have the confidence that he has in his own body. I wasn’t blond, tanned, and I didn’t have a six pack. I’m not one of those guys who goes to the beach and is happy to take my top off. I personally relate to the sensitive and insecure side to him. But there was a huge physical transformation for me — a lot of working out, dieting. And the more I found myself turning into Finnick, the more confident I felt for the first time ever.

How long did it take to get used to sprinting through the jungles of Hawaii holding a three-pronged spear?

There were two different tridents. One was metal, top-heavy and very difficult to maneuver. One was rubber — apart from the actual stick part — and was safer for me and for everyone around me. I was running around really treacherous terrain trying to maneuver my trident through vines. I was kind of lethal.