Sam Claflin

The Rogue Rumor

Let’s focus on good news, even if it’s,just a rumor: A resident of Panem may be headed to a galaxy far, far away!

Sam Claflin aka our very own Finnick Odair is reportedly being considered for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One! It’s still a rumor, but we’re clinging on to this rumor for dear life because it makes our fandom-loving hearts want to burst!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock (or you don’t follow Star Wars), Rogue One is the first of many planned standalone spin-offs set to hit the franchise. Chronologically, it will take place before Star Wars IV: A New Hope, aka the first movie.

He's probably a little short for a Storm Trooper...

He’s probably a little short for a Storm Trooper.

Sam is reportedly being eyed to play one of several freedom fighters without Jedi powers who fight back against the Empire and form the rebel alliance. According to The Wrap, the role would be more substantial than his role in The Hunger Games.

AND PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE BECAUSE WE LOVE IT!

First and foremost, Sam is an excellent actor. He’s got chops and thankfully, he’s been given many more opportunities to display them following the end of Hunger Games filming. But we think there’s something particularly special about joining the Star Wars universe, the franchise that exposed the magic of cinema to many. It would be amazing for any actor, so we want that for an actor we adore!

More than other actors in the franchuse, Sam also comes off like a massive fanboy in general, so we imagine he’d have a lot of fun with this opportunity. Also, Sam Claflin isn’t commenting on the rumors, which means we’ve avoided the Fight Club casting jinx!

So what do you think? Are you ready to see Sam playing an action star in a galaxy far, far away?

Because We Just Need Something To Happen!
The Girl With The Pearl

BTS and Video Clip Virgin

I haven’t seen ’em, and “’em” would be the myriad of Behind The Scenes pictures, and video clips that have been circulating the internets for the last several days. Yeah, clearly there’s something wrong with me, but the thing is– I don’t want to see ’em.

Call my crazy, but I kind of like the element of surprise, and not having to see the infamous Finnick In B8csmw4IYAA9RpIHis Undies scene on my iPhone… on Instagram, is more than a let down– dare I say it, but anti-climactic. See I’ve got this thing in this room in my home, it’s called a Blu-ray player, and it’s attached to this other thing called a High Definition Television set. And there’s this amazing thing that happens when you put this other thing, consequently called a Blu-ray disc, into the Blu-ray player. I think you might have got the idea! I’d much rather not see anything new concerning Mockingjay Part 1 in an inferior platform in comparison to the said technology that lives comfortably somewhere in my home, whereas my cell phone mostly lives in my pocket. Tiny Finnick will not do, I say! He must be at least bigger than my palm!

All that being said, I do know that releasing all these images and videos is to create buzz, and buzz is good– even though I think we all know that no matter what Lionsgate does to promote the release of Mockingjay Part 1 on disc, they’re going to make boat loads of money. BOAT LOADS.

We are moths to the flame! Bring on the release all ready, my Blu-ray player is humming at the ready!

Them There Eyes

FINNICK ODAIR IN HIS UNDERWEAR

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is out on Digital HD on February 17th, so the behind-the-scenes clips are starting to roll in. There have been three so far, but we’re only going to take about ONE. Because as great as hair and costumes are, there’s something else involved here.

FINNICK ODAIR. IN HIS UNDERWEAR.

The infamous Finnick scene from Mockingjay, the book, was cut from the movie. And we understand why! Finnick was so emotionally heavy in this movie that a sudden joke and strip tease may have come off as awfully out of character.

But man, did we miss that scene. It’s funny! …And Sam Clafin shirtless, obviously. (We’re not even gonna try to pretend that we didn’t care whether or not we saw Sam shirtless. WE CARED.)

Thankfully, the very first bit of behind-the-scenes goodness we get is all about Sam Claflin’s experience as Finnick. AND THERE IT IS!

Unfortunately, it’s a brief flash with a District 13 weapons room missile blocking off part of the view. Which makes it really, really hard to screencap. But we sure tried!

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This confirms something great for us: Even though the deleted scene may not be on the DVD (There’s a possibility that is could be in the announced “Katniss and Boggs walk through District 13″ scene mentioned but we doubt it), they’re probably going to discuss the hilarity of that sequence somewhere in there.

Underwear aside, we love Sam. Because he talks about how he still gets nervous coming on to set and feels such a great responsibility to the franchise. And to us, that’s both very modest of him and massively important. Confidence is wonderful and he should have it, but it’s amazing to see just how much he wants to get things right and impress the fanbase.

Also, FINNICK ODAIR IN HIS UNDERWEAR!
The Girl With The Pearl

Finnick (and Sam’s) Darkest Day

While Sam Claflin has been making the rounds to promote Love, Rosie, he’s left a few crumbs about Mockingjay Part 2. In particular, during a chat with Josh Horowitz of MTV, he mentioned his “worst day of filming” on the movie (around the 35 minute mark). We know what that means.

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Sam does’t say much other than to paint a picture that it was horrible for him as an actor, and that it was just him, all alone, all day (*sobs*). So if you were holding out hope that this was not gonna happen, sorry. It’s gonna happen. The question remains, how the scene will play out.

Some readers don’t like Finnick’s death scene because it’s so quick. Three mutts attack him, bite off his head, and then he’s dead, but not before these very poetic thoughts from Katniss,

It’s as if I’m Finnick, watching the images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee’s trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then it’s over.

And it is over. The remaining crew move on with the mission. There is no time to mourn while in battle. Suzanne Collins gives Finnick, through Katniss, a final goodbye to his life, but then Katniss has to move on quickly because the perils in the Capitol don’t give her time for a breather. Granted, in these books, it’s a scenario we see time and time again in the arena deaths. I suppose it is harder for fans because they feel more connected to Finnick and they want more time spent acknowledging the loss. Will they try to translate the “life flashing before his/her eyes” moment visually in the movie or will it stay grounded in the action at hand?

Come back all year as we wonder about the death scenes of so many other characters!

I know we say this about every one of these movies but this one is going to hurt.

JJ

Undercutting Finnick’s Secrets

There were some great comments to the post on some of the best and worst moments in Mockingjay. Thank you commenters (well the 99% of you who are polite and cool with us actually having opinions, even if they differ from yours). Anyway, I thought the discussion of Finnick’s propo was worthy of a post all on its own.

As mentioned in the best of/worst of post, I have mixed feelings about the whole rescue scene.  I was glad to have it added to the movie, but I felt it didn’t really show us enough of the Capitol and dragged on a bit too long. The sequence was mixed with the rebels’ “distraction” – Finnick revealing some of his greatest secrets about Snow to Panem.

finnick propoThe comments mentioned how cutting his secrets propo in with the rescue footage lessened the impact of what Finnick was saying, and I agree.  He’s being used as a distraction here, and as the movie audience we are wondering more about what will happen during the rescue than what Finnick was saying. He’s being asked to just talk for as long as possible to clutter the airwaves. His message isn’t as important to the cause here. I wouldn’t doubt that some non-book readers might miss a lot of those “secrets” because they are caught up in whether the rescue will succeed. And that’s a shame, because it’s a very powerful part of the book that helps us to connect and sympathize with Finnick.

Reducing the attention on what Finnick is saying may have helped filmmakers with any PG-13 rating worries about a man talking about being a sex slave. PG-13 tends to be very accepting to a whole lot of violence as long as it’s not too bloody, but sex, nudity, sex crimes, or the word “fuck” get you up to an R really quickly. And from a movie pacing perspective, mixing the two scenes together allowed them to use screen time effectively. Instead of having one stand-alone Finnick propo scene we get it with the bonus rescue scene.

The moments we did see were very well acted and tugged at my heart as it should. Do I wish it would have been allowed more time and attention? Yes, because I would love to see Finnick’s character further developed in these movies. Finnick’s role in Mockingjay Part 1 seemed smaller than in the book, but really, a lot of characters had short screen time, so it was probably proportional to many others. Who knows, they may address it again in Mockingjay Part 2, but my hunch is this is the last we’ll hear of Finnick’s secrets.

We’ll have other things to cry about concerning Finnick next time.

JJ

Sam and Natalie Do Oxford

We’ve got a good long couple of months to go until Mockingjay Part 1 is released in theatres across the world, so until the day comes when we can all sit back, and cry into our over sized soda cups, whilst sitting in a large dark room with a crowd of strangers– a select few will be privy to the joy of seeing Sam Claflin AKA Finnick Odair, and Natalie Dormer AKA Cressida in an entire other film together. The Riot Club (previously billed as Posh), is a film that Sam and Natalie filmed back in June of 2013, and it was released in its home country of England just this Friday. So far it’s gotten favorable reviews, and it is also holding strong on RottenTomatoes with a 78%, meaning it’s Fresh by their ratings, and thus not a waste of an afternoon at the cinema.

Let’s see, what should a lay person know about The Riot Club before they step up to the box office, plunk down their cold hard cash, and deem to spend a couple of hours with Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, and Jessica Brown-Findley (yes, Lady Sybil Crawley is in it). Well, Riot Club is based on a play produced and put on in England in 2010, about a fictional dining club. The Riot Club based on the real life Bullingdon Club, the Riot Club is exclusive, and full up with rich, over privileged, white conservative British young men, all students at Oxford University. It’s the kind of story where you watch fictionalized representatives of future captains of industry, and country leaders, act bombastically, treat women badly, and wholly believe that because of their so-called pedigree they are immune to the consequences of the law and society. It’s young white guys with accents, in suits, fucking up, hurting people, thinking they’re going to get away with it, and in the end probably not. Oh, yeah, and one of those young men happens to be portrayed by Sam Claflin, oh– and Natalie’s playing a Lady of the Night.

Can you tell that I’m wavering on this film? I implore all to just… go rent History Boys, you’ll get less pissed off, and learn who James Corden is, AKA the guy taking over for Craig Ferguson on CBS. Or, if you like being eternally frustrated by the glorification of the upper classes acting like jackasses– g’head, go see Riot Club! Yes, I am judging a film purely on its premise, and its trailer, I cannot help it, there is no release date for the US yet, and therefore I’m a little miffed– I’m just being honest!

Maybe the soundtrack will be good? These Boys-Will-Be-Boys films tend to have good soundtracks.

Them There Eyes

Reaction Post: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

It’s that time again, that time where the bloggers of Victor’s Village sit down at our respective computers, and chew the fat about the trailers, and in this case it’s the final trailer for Mockingjay Part 1! Yep, the one we’ve been waiting for for about four months!

 

WHERE SOUND OF MUSIC REFERENCES ARE MADE WITHOUT SHAME OR IRONY
The Girl With The Pearl
: Okay, let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to staaaaaart!)

Them There Eyes: Sew… a needle pulling Katniss around like a marionette!

JJ: Katniss’s line is fantastic.

TGWTP: Katniss is talking, and there’s these nice shots of her and Prim and Gale… and then you realize she’s pretty much face-timing with President Snow?

JJ: A big new addition to the screenplay! Snow looks so fiendish there. It’s so unnerving.

TTE: Also Jennifer Lawrence has a Sexy Lauren Bacall voice, which is über important to note.

TGWTP: I’m not sure if I like them chatting. Doubt it will ruin the movie, but it felt weeeeeird. Though the Lauren Bacall voice IS lovely. (more…)

The Mockingjay Challenged (with the #ALSIceBucketChallenge) Continued

Yesterday JJ wrote about the internet phenomena now termed the Ice Bucket Challenge. In truth it has become a phenomena, sort of like Planking, or Grumpy Cat– only in the case of this so-called fad, money is being put to good use, and more remarkable than that– it’s being donated to a good cause. When I think of viral money-making ventures on the internet, I am left with very few times in our most recent history where the money being gathered was for an all out altruistic cause. Kickstarter for instance has been home to some pretty fast-moving, and lucrative viral money gathering campaigns– but those campaigns were more often than not to gather money to help make a fan favorite TV show come back from stasis in the form of a feature-length film like Veronica Mars, or help with packaging and distribution of DVDs box sets for web video series’ like The Lizzie Bennett Diaries. The Ice Bucket Challenge is quite the fad for sure– but it’s for a good cause, and it’s bringing awareness to the masses about a debilitating, degenerative disease that has no cure, and is in near constant need of funding for research. Government subsidies can only take certain causes so far, and that includes medical research. ALS is not a sexy disease, meaning there are no famous people that are in the limelight right now who will come out and say “hey, I’ve got ALS– we need to pay attention to this disease right now!” That’s why it’s still known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for an American baseball player whose hay-day was in the 1920s and ’30s. Soon however more people might become aware of another famous sufferer of the disease, Stephen Hawking the world renowned physicist– as a biopic about his early life will be out in time for the Oscar season.

Celebrity endorsements always seem to give the masses a good jolt though, right? That’s why when 90% of Hollywood starts to post seconds long videos of them selves dousing them selves with icy water– makes well, such a big splash. And since this is a Hunger Games themed blog, when a quarter of the principle cast, and the director, and producer of the film franchise step onto the band wagon– we pay attention like hungry Disney orphans. So, when Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin posted their Ice Bucket Challenge videos a couple of days after the 24 hour challenge clock was set for them, the Hunger Games fan sites had a little 3 am Field Day in their jammies.

Sam however was dressed from head to waist in a rain coat, and waist to knees in swim trunks. And our dear Peeta (Josh), joined the ever growing club– AKA the White Wet T-Shirt Club– then ran like crazy to jump into a warm swimming pool’s depths. Sam wins for originality, Josh wins also for failing to keep a stiff upper lip. The videos will keep us entertained for days on end, the GIFs alone should more like. However, as this point for The Hunger Games community buckets filled with ice water are a mere distraction from the near constant, and nagging mantra of “where is the full length trailer, where is the full length trailer, where is the full length trailer?”

It’s cold, it’s hard– but I’m just saying what everyone is thinking, right?

Them There Eyes

The Hunger Games Promotion Rule

Yes, he got an exciting premiere and a vacation in Hawaii out of it, but this has probably been a bit of a rough week for Sam Claflin.

Why, you ask? He’s been busy promoting his new movie, The Quiet Ones. We’ll even help by throwing in the trailer here:

But there’s not a whole lot of focus on the film at hand. If you’ve been watching the interviews, you know what we mean. There’s four questions tops that most media sites bother asking Sam:

1. So what’s this movie about?
2. It’s scary! What scares you?
3. How was all the 70s costuming?
4. Catching Fire! Mockingjay! Finnick! TELL US MORE.

We should note that it’s definitely not Sam-clusive. We know the same thing happened to Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth when they promoted other films, even on The Academy Awards red carpet. And in a way, we feel a little bad for them. We’re sure they don’t mind talking about The Hunger Games, but it must make them feel like their projects outside the series are pretty inconsequential in the eyes of the public (as we are represented by the media. Horrifying, isn’t it?!)

Of course, it doesn’t necessarily help that The Quiet Ones is a Lionsgate property and some of their advertising looks like this:

Now the young and/or easily confused among us Hunger Games fans believe Finnick has taken up a time-warp side job of filming supernatural phenomena! Not really… we hope.

We get it, interviewers ’round the world. The Hunger Games is a <strong>really big freaking deal</strong> and the fact that these actors are in the franchise is part of the reason why many fans will go see their other films in the first place. But let’s take it one film at a time.

We all know you’re going to ask Sam the same slew of exhausting questions once promotion for Mockingjay: Part 1 rolls around, so why not ask them then? Do you really think he’ll give you some crazy scoop in the meantime? Doubtful!

In the meantime, please try to come up with some creative questions surround the movie the actor in question is actually promoting. We know it’s not as big of a media draw, but this is something of value to them that they put work into, even if it’s not a major blockbuster. Give em some credit there! We’ll get back to Mockingjay en masse later!

He Sported That Hairdo, So Sam Deserves Credit!

The Girl With The Pearl

The Most Important Award Ever

Help me. I’ve gotten sucked in to the MTV Awards voting thing and I kind of hate myself for it. I mean, they blatantly left Katniss out of the Best Hero category AND THEN made up a “Favorite Character” social vote category and put her up against that other dystopian series heroine. You don’t need even half a brain to see right through what they’re doing.  They’re using the fervor of two fandoms to build buzz for their show and destroy everyone’s social feeds for two weeks. AND I HATE THEM FOR IT.

Yet even seething in hatred about it, I still made a new voting-only twitter account and tweeted the hell out of #votekatniss during the past few days. I know I shouldn’t care, but I want the magical internet pony for Katniss. So I do it, and hate MTV even more for using my love for this fictional character to build up their dumb ass awards show. [And how this will inevitably happen for the next two years as well. I hate when the media manipulates my love for things for their financial gain. Bastards.]

I’m trying to make peace with it and embrace the stupidity. So beyond the whole #votekatniss craziness, I’ve decided that the award I most want Catching Fire to win is…

BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE

It’s just Oh, So Capitol of MTV.  MTV can try to class up their show by nominating Oscar winners like 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club, but it’s very off-brand of them to do so. The show made a name for itself by having silly categories like Best Shirtless Performance, Best Kiss, and Best WTF moment. No one’s tuning in for another Oscars so it amuses the hell out of me that they’re trying to mix both together and pretend it works. And with the silly categories, just the fact that they call it a shirtless PERFORMANCE feels like they’re trying to class that up somehow too?  Hilarious.

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Go get it, Sam.

Back to the all-important BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE category, Sam Claflin has some stiff competition among the likes of Chris Hemsworth (the amazingly gratuitous Thor-thinking-deep- thoughts-while-washing- up scene. If it sounds like I’m mocking it please know I’m mocking it with deep love and admiration.), Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, and Zac Efron. Good job at not wearing shirts while acting, all of you.

Damn it though, Catching Fire/Sam needs to take this one home. Why?

  1. Vindication for Sam after all the crap he got when he was cast that he wasn’t “hot enough” for the role. Bam, go away haters. The guy pulled it off. Give the man some inedible popcorn to go with his chicken and asparagus.
  2. Because that scene is actually really iconic in the series. As much as I love seeing Thor pensively bathe, it can’t come close to sugarcubes.
  3. The unabashed mirroring of our world with the Capitol. Just as the Capitol paraded Finnick Odair as a shallow piece of meat, so does MTV.

Suck it, MTV. I can’t wait until next Monday when this is over.

JJ