Finding Finnick Odair: Week 6 Monday 06 February, 2012
Welcome to Week 6 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 5, click here to read what we had to say about Jake Abel.
This week, we’re taking a look at English actor Alex Pettyfer, whose credits include I Am Number Four, Beastly, and In Time. Many of you may remember hearing Pettyfer’s name last year, when he was in contention for the role of Peeta.
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Adam & Savanna: Physically, Alex Pettyfer does seem to share a few qualities with our favorite victor. But we aren’t certain if his acting skills are up to snuff. In his review of Beastly last year, Variety critic Paul Debruge asserted that Pettyfer “proves incapable of conveying […] anguish,” which leads us to believe that the complexities of Finnick might be beyond his range. We also have to admit that we’re a bit concerned about the negative reputation that Pettyfer has already built for himself. Of course, there’s no way to know what’s true and what isn’t, but the 21-year-old actor does not seem to have endeared himself to Hollywood at all. The fact that he allegedly turned down the role of Jace in The Mortal Instruments because he wasn’t offered the $10 million paycheck he demanded is a little off-putting as well.
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Arianna: Let’s face it. Alex Pettyfer is gorgeous. I think the vast majority of women out there will agree with me on this one. While he is gorgeous, there is one thing that stands in my way of absolutely loving him to be Finnick. This guy has an ego the size of Texas. He knows he hot, and he thinks he’s a badass actor. While he is a good actor in I Am Number Four and Beastly, Pettyfer still has a long way to go in the acting industry. While he has the looks, I don’t believe he could portray the emotional side of Finnick that we fell in love with in the books. So thus, I’ll have to pass on the Pettyfer for Finnick campaign.
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Elena: Alex Pettyfer is really, REALLY attractive. He’s been on my radar for a couple years now mostly because he’s really, REALLY attractive. I’ve been known to watch movies just because Alex Pettyfer is in them and I think he’s hot. Having said that, I don’t think he’s a very good actor. I’ll admit that I’ve only seen him in a couple roles, and those specific roles are YA books adapted to film, so we know he has experience there. But he just wasn’t that good. Physically, he has all the elements for Finnick. But the skill just isn’t there, and I think we can come up with a better option for [the] character.
Michelle: Not gonna lie, I am a big fan of Alex Pettyfer’s general existence — as are most of the Hob girls. His Google Image page is basically a cure-all, like a combo of cupcakes and a Sephora gift card. So, do we think he’d be a good fit, physically, for Finnick? YOU BETCHA. Of course, there’s so much more to Finnick than being a stunner. He’s one of the most layered characters in the series — charming and brave, but broken. So, what most fans are curious about is if AP has the acting chops to pull it all off. Our answer may not be the most popular, but we think he can. He’s pretty skilled at playing arrogant (Tormented) and has a couple action movies under his belt (Alex Rider and I Am Number Four) for when the role becomes more physical. And while he hasn’t really shown his vulnerable side on the big screen, we can’t help being optimistic. He’s certainly improving as his career progresses — and the biggest vote of confidence might be his joining the cast of Magic Mike, where he worked with Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (who, coincidentally, directed the second unit of The Hunger Games). Hard to disregard that. When it comes down to it, Alex could really rise to occasion as Finnick, and under Gary Ross’s direction, we’re sure he’d shine. But since he turned down the lead role in another big-time YA adaptation (*sobs forever and ever*), the question might be, would he accept this one?
Kait, Rebekah & Tiffany: We are so against Alex Pettyfer as Finnick that the three of us teamed up to write this. Pettyfer is known for roles in not-so-great movies that failed to be the blockbusters they were built up as, such as I Am Number Four, Beastly and In Time. We understand that many people find him very attractive, but his acting skills are lackluster at best, and he comes off as extremely arrogant both on-screen and off. Not to mention that he allegedly spit in the face of the Mortal Instruments fandom, for which filmmakers and fans alike openly and enthusiastically courted him for the role of Jace, by asking for way more money than he’s worth. Being sexy is not enough. We need an actor who can be sexy AND display a complex range of emotions for our Finnick.
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Tanvi: Everyone wants Alex Pettyfer to be Finnick now that he’s not Peeta. For a good while, I was convinced, too, that any YA adaptation is incomplete without Alex in it. But the casting people have started to look the other way — first Peeta, then Jace (The Mortal Instruments). And they seem to have good reason: Alex’s acting skills are average and we need someone who can really express himself on screen. He’s hot, no doubt, but something about his personality just seems off. Alex is a no-go for me, and personal bias is just not it. I really believe he can’t hold up as Finnick. We’re supposed to love Finnick — I don’t think I’ll ever look at Finnick the same way if Alex got cast.
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Lindsay: Alex Pettyfer is all kinds of hot. When people wanted him for Peeta, it didn’t fit because Peeta isn’t HOT, he’s sweet. For Finnick? That might work. Let’s face it. Finnick is supposed to be beautiful. And have you seen those Magic Mike stills? He’s got a torso that can’t be beat. However, I’ve only seen him in I Am Number Four and his American accent is not so great. Now, that could be improved. But I’ve also heard some iffy things about him professionally, and I wouldn’t want to bring drama to what appears to be a pretty calm, drama-free set. All that said, he’s not my number one choice, but I could give him the thumbs up if push came to shove.
Crystal: I’ve seen Alex Pettyfer in two movies, I Am Number Four and In Time. While he is good looking, he has a mean jock kind of look rather than a soft, understanding Finnick look. I can’t see him as our Finnick at all, and I’d be so crestfallen if he got cast. He played a murderous gangster in In Time and I’ve always gotten the impression that he’s quite fond of himself, though I can’t remember where I got that impression. I hate to have the movie’s downfalls affect my impression of him, but I was extremely let down by I Am Number Four, very much including Pettyfer’s performance. My brother had told me it was great, but after I saw it I had to wonder what was wrong with him.
Well, we’ve voiced our opinions. What do you think of Alex Pettyfer as Finnick? Let us know in the comments!
Be on the lookout for next week’s Finding Finnick Odair, in which we will discuss 17-year-old James Gaisford. James has appeared in Mainstay Pro’s Second Quarter Quell video and the Finnick and Annie web series.
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