Tuesday, January 22, 2013


(Source: Lionsgate) Sam & Jennifer Lawrence

SWATH fans are fully aware of Sam Claflin's [Prince] charming side particularly if you follow him on Twitter.  Apparently, the new Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence discovered his charm when casting Sam for the role as Finnick Odair.

MTV News spoke with Lawrence, who is recently known for his film Water for Elephants which stars Kristen Stewart's Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, about his upcoming film Catching Fire.  Catching Fire is the next installment of the Hunger Games franchise.  

Lawrence spoke about why Sam was chosen for the role.

"When Lawrence inherited "The Hunger Games" franchise he also inherited the responsibility of casting "Catching Fire"'s most anticipated dream boat: District 4 tribute Finnick Odair. For a while there, it seemed every working actor under the age of 35 was rumored to be in contention, but it was "Snow White and the Huntsman" star Sam Claflin who would ultimately wield the trident. Many fans were none-to-sure about Claflin's casting, but Lawrence ensured the 26-year-old will live up to expectations. 

"[Claflin] is very athletic, which is great. He's in great shape. He's very charismatic," Lawrence said. 'But I was also looking in the long term. There's kind of a rouge-like quality to him in this book. And long term, he's actually an emotional character and a very loyal character and a character who's in love; a character who experienced quite a lot of sadness. And he was really able to tap into that, as well as being really charming and sexy and handsome as hell.'"

To read more of the interview, go to MTV here

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