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.
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.
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.
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.
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