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.”

Why Garrett Hedlund Didn’t Make it to Play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire

Garrett Hedlund, who was among the top contenders to play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire has revealed to MTV why he wasn’t able to get the role. Watch the video and find out.

“They did [approach me],” he admitted to MTV News. “But I was working on this film at the time. We shot the whole film in 23 days and I was really immersed in it. I couldn’t get around [to reading the Hunger Games novels].”
“Everybody around me is flipping out about the books, and I didn’t really have the time to sit down lately to read any book, not just Hunger Games.”
“But I’ve got a couple [projects] on my plate that I’m looking forward to reading now.”