Sam Claflin on His Finnick Training, Costume/Tanning, and the Sugar Cube Scene

Still from EW, Sam Claflin was able to share his experiences when filming “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which includes how he trained for the role. Read more below:

On Sam’s Catching Fire training:

Claflin brings dimples and green eyes naturally to the role of Finnick. But to otherwise ready himself, he spent months eating nothing but chicken and asparagus. “It’s depressing,” he sighs. “I just want a burger and beer.” 

On his transformation – tanning and dying his hair

He dyed his hair blonde and endured the indignities of spray tanning. “Look at the tanlines on my fingers!” he says as he shows off his peeling brown knuckles. “I’m very English. I’m white. I mean I’m so pale. With spray tans they start peeling and start getting really dirty looking. It’s kind of lucky for the arena because I’m dirty a lot of the time but it’s not great with my shirt off at the moment.”

On the sugar cube scene with Katniss:

Claflin brings dimples and green eyes naturally to the role of Finnick. But to otherwise ready himself, he spent months eating nothing but chicken and asparagus. “It’s depressing,” he sighs. “I just want a burger and beer.” He dyed his hair blonde and endured the indignities of spray tanning. “Look at the tanlines on my fingers!” he says as he shows off his peeling brown knuckles. “I’m very English. I’m white. I mean I’m so pale. With spray tans they start peeling and start getting really dirty looking. It’s kind of lucky for the arena because I’m dirty a lot of the time but it’s not great with my shirt off at the moment.”

On the Catching Fire memorabilia he’d like to bring home:

Before the shoot wrapped on December 22, Claflin already knew what he wanted to bring home with him: The arena wet suit for his mother (“I kept my armor from my first role playing a knight and my mum bought a mannequin for it, so part of me wants to get the wet suit so she can have mannequins all over the house…”) and Finnick’s trident for above his own mantle. “Though I don’t know what my fiancée will think about the décor in our house.”

Catching Fire Update: Chracters Who Will Not Be in the Film; Sam’s Casting as Finnick and A Lot More

In the exclusive Catching Fire issue of EW, fans will be delighted or be surprised to hear some tidbits about “The Hunger Games” sequel. The  news include the characters who will not be able to get into the film, casting, script, and a lot more. If you are unaware that there are new Catching Fire stills at the recent issue, you got to see them here
Jennifer Lawrence on her first conversation with Francis Lawrence: 

“He’s really smart, and he has a very gentle way about him. He’s really passionate about the book. It didn’t seem like he was just excited to make a huge movie.”

Jennifer on playing Katniss: 

Gary Ross told her Katniss is a hunter. “I didn’t feel like an action star, I didn’t feel like a superhero. I felt like a hunter. That helped keep it grounded in this reality of, she’s good at this not because shes a trained killer but because she a 16-year-old girl who happens to be great with her senses.”

Jennifer on her favorite day of Catching Fire filming:

“We were shooting on this beautiful beach, and there were sea turtles everywhere. In between takes Josh and Sam and I were running and jumping in the water. I was like, “I’m getting paid to do this?! This is awesome.”

Sam Claflin on his Finnick audition:

“Finnick is this tanned, green-eyed sex god. I’m thinking, ‘I’m brunet, I have loads of stubble’, and at the time I was by no means in shape. This guy walked in just after my audition who looked like Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise. I thought, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to get this.’”

Nina Jacobson on casting Sam Claflin:

 “Sometimes you get someone with the swagger but not the soulfulness, or the other way around. Sam had both. He is such a sweet, sweet fellow.”

Francis Lawrence on creating a new vision: 

“I thought there were a lot of opportunities for the costumes, especially in the Capitol, to go crazy, to have fun, but in a very sophisticated way.” Enter The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo costume designer Trish Summerville. Lawrence also wanted to tinker with the cinematography (“It doesn’t always have to be desaturated and grey”) and brought in a new visual-effects supervisor, Janek Sirrs (The Avengers).

Nina Jacobson on getting Philip Seymour Hoffman on board: 

“We went and saw him on Broadway, where he was doing Death of a Salesman. It took a lot of patience to get him to focus and read the book, because we didn’t have a script yet. But we really wanted him because we wanted everybody to know that yes, it’s a new director, but our standards are just as high and we’re still aiming for Oscar-caliber actors.”

Michael Arndt and the script: 

“The first third of the book is a lot of zigzagging”, says Jacobson. “We go on tour, we’re at the Capitol, we’re back home, then Katniss spends a lot time in her head thinking”. Jacobson hired screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) to streamline the story and enliven its emotional core. “Michael turned in a first draft, and suddenly you could see it all”, says Lawrence.”

 On the the characters that will not be in the movie:

Lawrence says he and Collins were always in agreement about what from the book needed to be distilled, though he was coy about cuts. When asked, for instance, whether we should expect to see Bonnie and Twill — the District 8 runaways Katniss stumbles upon in the woods who first alert her to both the rebellion she inadvertently sparked and the existence of District 13 — he at first demurred. “You’ve got to wait and see,” he urged. But when it was pointed out that there is in fact no Bonnie and Twill listed on the movie’s IMDB page, he gave it up. “Ah, right,” he said with a laugh. On how the movie will now introduce District 13, Lawrence would only say that “it was fun figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.” With Bonnie and Twill gone, so too is the scene of Katniss scaling a tree and then leaping over District 12′s electrified fence. And Darius, District 12′s youngest peacekeeper who intervenes during Gale’s whipping and then sentenced to the life of an Avox, is another who didn’t make the leap from page to screen.

… and here’s a brand new official behind the scene image from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, still from EW.

Liam Hemsworth, Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence on set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Thanks EW and thehob.org