Finding Finnick Odair: Week 2 Monday 09 January, 2012

Welcome to Week 2 of Finding Finnick Odair! Because there are SO many potential Finnicks out there, your favorite Hunger Games sites have gotten together to introduce you to a number of actors who, at some point or another, have had their names tossed into the “Finnick ring” by fans. Each week, we’ll showcase a different actor and assess his Finnick potential. If you missed Week 1, click here to read what we had to say about Erik Odom.

This week, we’re taking a look at Armie Hammer, who you probably know from The Social Network or J. Edgar. You’ll also be able to see him later this year in Mirror Mirror. For those wondering how he might handle a darker role, I’d like to personally recommend the dystopian short film 2081, in which Armie plays a character who attempts to free society from a totalitarian regime.

If I were a casting director, there are a few things I’d look for when seeking out potential Finnicks:

– The actor would need to be tall and fairly muscular, but in a lean, “swimmer’s body” sort of way. He would also have to be insanely attractive. Remember, Katniss says that she’s never found Finnick that good-looking because he’s almost “too pretty.”

– The actor would need to be in his mid- to late-20s. (Finnick is 24 in the books, but considering that Jennifer Lawrence is 21 and will probably be 24 by the time Mockingjay comes out, I think going with someone several years older than her would be smart. Finnick needs to look older than Katniss and Peeta.)

– The actor would need to be incredibly talented and capable of portraying a character who is cocky, confident, and full of charisma on the outside, but tortured and broken on the inside.

Just keep those things in mind as you consider Armie for the role.

— Savanna

Hunger Games Fireside Chat:
Savanna: It’s no secret that I would give [almost] anything to see this man wielding a trident and asking Katniss about sugar cubes next year. I created the “Armie Hammer for Finnick Odair” Facebook page and have been championing this cause ever since a friend presented the notion of Armie as Finnick to me several months ago. Armie is the right age (25), has the right build (he’s 6’5″!), and is an absolutely phenomenal actor who I know would do the part justice. We’ve seen him do the cocky/confident thing in The Social Network, and he proved he’s capable of handling meatier, more complex roles by tackling J. Edgar’s Clyde Tolson. He’s also ridiculously beautiful, which is a definite Finnick pre-req. And he grew up in the Cayman Islands — a.k.a. District 4 — where he walked around with “a machete on [his] hip,” chopping his food down from trees. He IS Finnick. Lionsgate, are you listening?

Down with the Capitol:
Arianna: I first heard about Armie Hammer a couple months ago. When I went searching for more info on him, the light bulb dinged on: “Ohhhhh, the Winklevoss twins.” Naturally I had to watch The Social Network again, and after doing so, I can say I can see Armie as Finnick. Not only is he extremely attractive but he also has the height and a great build. He’s a great actor and his career is headed in the right direction with movies such as The Social Network, J. Edgar, and Mirror Mirror which is releasing this year. My only complaint is that I have only seen his cocky side, so I’m wary of him playing Finnick when he’s down and out.

HG Movie Site:
Erin: I am going to try to be nice, because I am so against him for the role. He is too old, and I am fully aware that looks are subjective, but I just can’t see what people find attractive about him. I think he’s a great actor, but [he] just doesn’t scream Finnick to me. And so to be nice, I will leave it at that. He’s just not my Finnick.

The Hob:
Lee: Armie Hammer would be an interesting choice to play Finnick. Physically imposing at 6′ 5″ (per IMDb), he would visibly personify a tribute who — at age 14 — won the Hunger Games and calls the trident his weapon of choice. His acting work is very high energy (ex. The Social Network), and his body of work has been dramatically diverse, including everything from period pieces like J. Edgar to TV shows like Reaper to the fantasy genre with Mirror Mirror. While Armie is in the right age range to play the role (he’s 26 this year, Finnick is 24), he physically looks older and more mature than Finnick. And there’s no doubt Armie is a handsome man, but I’m not quite sure he has that over-the-top, take-it-to-the-next-level, dreamboat look that Finnick is supposed to encompass.

Victor’s Village:
Rebekah: What can I say about Armie Hammer that I haven’t said before? Not much, so I may as well reiterate myself. Armie Hammer has resoundingly become who I picture when I think of Finnick Odair. It took one interview and a re-watch of The Social Network for this to happen. Armie’s got this energy about him: he’s enthusiastic, charming, and emphatically charismatic. After watching almost his entire dossier, I also know without a doubt that he has the range and the emotional wherewithal to take on this role. For me also he looks like Finnick, he’s tall (6’5″), he has bronze hair (I don’t know where this misconception that bronze means ginger came from, but it doesn’t). Unfortunately he doesn’t have sea-green colored eyes. Honestly, though, I’ve never seen anyone in my life who has eyes that specific color. Besides the specific physical characteristics, I like that at 25 he looks like an adult. I say that because I’ve found that many of the actors people have fantasy cast are known for playing teens, and Armie could never be mistaken for a teen. Having an actor who looks like a young adult next to Jennifer Lawrence, who is 21 herself, makes too much sense to me. So, on that note, I admit that if he’s not seriously considered for this role I will be genuinely very, very upset.

Hunger Games Network:
Tanvi: There’s a small but significant part of the fandom that’s going crazy over Armie Hammer as Finnick. Personally, I had a lukewarm response to him, only because I thought him too old — and too tall. But let’s get over that and focus on the acting part. We’ve seen him in The Social Network and, if you remember, Gossip Girl. The guy definitely has the charismatic charm of Finnick and a swoon-worthy face. My issue with him is that I see him as the Finnick of Mockingjay — not sure if he can pull off the Finnick of Catching Fire.

HG Girl On Fire:
Sheila: I know that Armie has a strong following to be cast as Finnick, but in my mind he is just not what I pictured. While Armie is obviously handsome, charming, and has a great voice (at least in my opinion), I’m not convinced that he captures the essence of the Finnick I had in my mind. The Finnick I always imagined would be undeniably handsome, have a lot more “swagger,” and would exude a depth to his persona that makes a person want to dig deeper to see what’s underneath. In The Social Network, Armie had a fine performance, but he didn’t leave me with a lasting impression.

Mockingjay.net:
Crystal: I know I will probably get stoned to death for saying this, but Armie Hammer is just not Finnick in my mind. Sure, he’s good looking, but he’s just not the confident, fantastically handsome and sexy guy I think Finnick should be. I’ve seen him in The Social Network, so there’s no doubt he can act, but I feel like he’s more gloomy than charming. Very serious. Maybe I’ve just let his Social Network role taint my outlook of him, but I admit I’d be disappointed if he was cast.

What do you think of Armie Hammer as Finnick? Let us know in the comments!

Be on the lookout for next week’s Finding Finnick Odair, in which we will discuss Lachlan Buchanan from the television series Working Class.

And be sure to check out our entire Finding Finnick Odair series:

Week 1 – Erik Odom
Week 2 – Armie Hammer
Week 3 – Lachlan Buchanan
Week 4 – Garrett Hedlund
Week 5 – Jake Abel
Week 6 – Alex Pettyfer
Week 7 – James Gaisford
Week 8 – Taylor Kitsch
Week 9 – Colton Haynes
Week 10 – Grant Gustin
Week 11 – Chris Zylka
Week 12 – Chace Crawford
Week 13 – Hunter Parrish
Week 14 – Justin Timberlake
Week 15 – Zac Efron
Week 16 – Ian Somerhalder
Week 17 – Trevor Donovan
Week 18 – Ryan Kwanten


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24 Comments

  • Natalie says:

    I really don’t want Armie Hammer for Finnick. I’d prefer an unknown actor to portray him but I do like the idea of Garret Hedlund being Finnick 🙂

  • V. says:

    Well, Armie can’t be “too old” for Finnick when he and Finnick ARE THE SAME AGE. Plus, they cast Katniss so much older than Katniss is that Finnick also has to have a more physically-mature appearance than what we may see in our heads.

    Finnick is 24 in Catching Fire and 24/25 in Mockingjay. Armie is 25 now, so if they filmed soon (and/or filmed back-to-back) then he’s exactly the right age.

    Although bear in mind: they aged up Katniss a LOT by casting Jennifer and REALLY aged Gale by casting Liam (and Liam even looks older than he is), so Finnick does need to be visually more mature than a standard 24-year-old to remain the 7 years older than Katniss/Peeta that he is in canon. So it’s okay even if they don’t film right away and Armie is 26-27 when they film.

    Casting someone the same visual age as, or younger than, Katniss/Peeta/Gale does not work for Finnick. Annie, maybe, but not Finnick.

    (And honestly, I JUST don’t understand most of the Finnick fancasts. Like, Garrett could not look less like Finnick — unless he were Matt Bomer, which is another fancast, and I’m like, are you kidding? Yeah, Finnick is attractive and Matt Bomer is attractive, but they are NOT attractive in the SAME WAY at all! And don’t even get me started about Alex Pettyfugly. I will kill everyone with a trident if he gets anywhere NEAR THG.)

    I actually care as much as I do about the Finnick/Annie casting because I sort of see it as… an opportunity for redemption? Since they’re probably not using GR again as the director, I feel like each THG film will have its own unique feel to it (like the Harry Potter films by different directors) and that CF will have more elements to it that I look forward to.

    Really, I just want a Finnick who is talented and able to show strength and survival and bravery ABOVE the coping mechanisms and an Annie who isn’t portrayed as fully sane and healthy (because it negates a lot of important commentary in her character if she is!) but also isn’t “the crazy one/the disabled one” in the way that movies show people with disorders and disabilities (because again, offensive). If they’re people that I’ve never even heard of or considered but they’re written canonically and sensitively, then that’s 110% okay.

    We’ll see after Mirror Mirror whether Armie keeps his foothold in being as well-respected as he is, but like you said — it’s all about politics. Armie is respected, even if he ISN’T the showstopper talent in all of his films. Many of the fan suggestions are either totally beneath critical radar or have a NEGATIVE reputation in the industry, which I don’t think a franchise as bankable as THG would want to gamble on for a major supporting role.

    And again, it’s not even always about looks OR talent. Sometimes it’s about being able to be billed on a poster and pique interest in more casual moviegoers. Having a more “household name” or a splashy award heading can mean more than either talent OR looks in that regard.

  • Melissa says:

    He looks like Finnick and he looks old enough to play the part. Let’s face it fandom, the guy playing Finnick is going to be 25 to 30 years old because he cannot look like he’s the same age as Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. Armie fits that bill in that respect. He’s also a good actor. He’s played a wide spread of roles and he’s done them all very well. I think that Armie could deliver a good performance. He can give Finnick the cocky swagger in Catching Fire that he needs, but show us the side that Annie falls in love with during Mockingjay. He’s definitely a good choice for Finnick and I wouldn’t be disappointed if he got cast.

  • Anna Rose says:

    Armie Hammer is the best pick on this list in my opinion, While reading the books I tried to picture who would play Finick and Armie was the first person that I though could pull it off, Either him or an unknown actor. Taylor Kitsch has a good look too but I don’t know that his acting is as good as Armie’s.

  • Sarah says:

    Maybe

  • nia says:

    Nope. I want James gaisford

  • Julie says:

    Although I’d prefer Colton Haynes, I think he’s another great choice and I’d be satisfied with either one of them

  • Why? Do you find this, distracting? :) says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of the BOOKS. After reading them 4 times he movie really disappointed me. I’m also a HUGE Finnick fan. I am desperately hoping Catching Fire being better and lots of that felts on the actor who will play the most amazing character ever, Finnick Odair. Not being a big movie fan I can’t sa much for acting but Ryan Gosling is my first choice based purely on looks. He is an ok height and has the right hair color plus he is 31 which might seem to old to some people but he needs to look about 10 years older that Katniss and Peeta(BOO PEETA SUCKS) and 31 would put him at 10 years older then Jennifer. I’m not quite sure why he hasn’t been up here yet. But if Armie Hammer is chosen I wil stil jump and scream!

  • Tamara says:

    I totally see him as Finnick Odair. I’ve read the books and I adore them, I also love Finnick’s and Annie’s love story. I say hell yeah for Arme Hammer as Finnick Odair.

  • Emma Porter says:

    I agree with Erin. I just don’t understand why so many people think he is the most attractive person on the planet! He’s handsome(ish), but certainly not Finnick level.


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