Finding Finnick Odair: Week 5 Monday 30 January, 2012
Welcome to Week 5 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 4, click here to read what we had to say about fan favorite Garrett Hedlund.
This week, we’re taking a look at 24-year-old Jake Abel, whose credits include The Lovely Bones, Percy Jackson, I am Number Four, and the TV series Supernatural. Abel has also been cast as Ian O’Shea in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, which will hit screens in 2013 (and which could lead to a Catching Fire filming conflict).
Hunger Games Fireside Chat:
Savanna & Adam: Abel is so far from our vision of Finnick — and everyone’s vision, we imagine — that we wonder how he ended up on this list at all! We can’t come up with a single reason why he should play Finnick. Yes, he’s a non-hideous male under the age of 30, but that doesn’t automatically make him a plausible candidate. Shouldn’t we set our standards a bit higher? Adam adds: I’m definitely not good-looking enough to play Finnick, but if Jake Abel is in the running, maybe I shouldn’t count myself out! In all seriousness, he’s probably very talented, and we know he has a lot of devoted fans, but he just isn’t the “Finnick type.” Plus, he’s already been in so many YA book-to-movie adaptations that this would just seem like overkill.
Lee: Jake Abel has done the physical acting required for an action role and for me to see him as Finnick (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief). But he’ll need to convey Finnick’s internal monologue in order for me to buy him as Finnick. Hunger Games fans are expecting the on-screen Finnick to have an innate inner-fire and charisma. While tall, blond, blue-eyed, and 24 years old, he may physically look the part, but a judgment based on his body of work thus far doesn’t make the connection with him as a casting choice for Finnick. Plus, he’s already signed on to two multi-film franchises — Percy Jackson and The Host — so he may not have the bandwidth to take on the Hunger Games series.
Down with the Capitol:
Arianna: As a big fan of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, I can personally see Jake being able to pull of the physical part of Finnick, but as far as the emotional side is concerned…I’m still not sure I can really see it. The only movies I have seen him in are Percy Jackson and I Am Number Four, and in both he has played cocky, self-centered characters. I admit, I do find him extremely good-looking and he does somewhat have that “Finnick confidence” I always imagined, but I’m worried that he wouldn’t be able to portray Finnick the way I have always imagined him.
Kait: We don’t know much about Jake Abel other than the fact that he’s had a lot of non-starring roles in popular films and TV shows with big fandoms and a three-second part in The Lovely Bones. Frankly, we don’t get it. Abel hasn’t proven himself as an actor yet, nor does he have the image that we imagine for Finnick. We don’t have anything against him, but we don’t think he has what it takes to play a character with the depth and detail that’s required.
Hunger Games Network:
Tanvi: I sat down to watch Percy Jackson again before I wrote this. So plain and simple, I like this guy. He’s got that cheeky personality. Finnick’s “sugar cube” act could be given justice if this guy was Finnick. Of course, he’s not necessarily as ravishing as we expect Finnick to be, but will we really find a guy who can be as good looking as our real Finnick? Also, he’s already in so many YA adaptations — I Am Number Four, Lovely Bones, Percy Jackson, and now The Host — so we know he can act, but it’s also a downside, as it seems quite redundant to have him. But, honestly, if he bulks up — he can be Finnick. Didn’t Josh Hutcherson win us all over as Peeta, after all?
HG Girl On Fire:
Lindsay: Jake Abel isn’t quite what I imagined for Finnick. Having only seen him in Percy Jackson, I can’t vouch much for his acting skills, but given that he has just been cast in The Host (and knowing who he beat out for the role), I’m guessing he can act. However, just based on looks alone, he’s not quite right for Finnick, in my most humble opinion. While he is probably about the right age, he looks pretty young. And he doesn’t carry the bulk (a.k.a. muscle) that I think a guy who grew up in the ocean (or a guy who won the Games) would have. While his face is handsome, I don’t think he has that dreamy look that Finnick would have. Could he pull it off? Maybe. But he’d have to do a hard sell to win me over!
What do you think of Jake Abel as Finnick? Let us know in the comments!
Be on the lookout for next week’s Finding Finnick Odair, in which we will discuss the ever-controversial Alex Pettyfer, who is best known for I Am Number Four and Beastly.
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
(Edited image of Abel in Supernatural courtesy of astheplanetsbend)