Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Sam Claflin considered Odair operation

Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin thought he should look more like Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum for his Hunger Games role.

The British actor landed the role of Finnick Odair in the popular franchise, but faced a vicious backlash from dedicated fans who disagreed with the casting. In a bid to win people over, Sam thought the best course of action would be to go under the knife to make him look like a mix of Hollywood's hottest stars.

"I couldn't help but come across comments of my casting. They were just everywhere, I started the process thinking I was going to have to have serious surgery to make everyone happy," Sam admitted to the British edition on Glamour magazine.

"With a young Brad Pitt’s face, Zac Efron’s abs, Dwayne Johnson’s pecs, and Channing Tatum’s left calf!”

Sam, whose film credits include Snow White and the Huntsman and The Quiet Ones, soon brushed the nasty remarks off though. He had complete faith that the producers of the movies, which are based on the popular novels by Suzanne Collins, knew what they were doing.

“But it’s impossible to please everyone," he added. "I trusted the team that brought you Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. They had their reasons for picking me and I worked my butt off to prove to any doubters that I was the man for the job.”

Sam, 27, shows off his toned torso in the Hunger Games movies, but in real life prefers to cover up in what he calls goth style.

"As you can see, I'm much more of a black, navy or a grey type of guy," Sam previously told the UK's GQ magazine when they quizzed him on his opinion of red trousers.

"I dress quite 'goth-like', so bright colours don't really ring true for me. But you know, some people need to express themselves in different ways which is totally understandable."

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