Finding Finnick Odair: Week 7 Monday 13 February, 2012
Welcome to Week 7 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 6, click here to read what we had to say about Alex Pettyfer.
This week, we’re taking a look at 17-year-old James Gaisford, an up-and-coming actor who solidified his place in the fandom’s collective heart after appearing as both Young Haymitch and Young Finnick in Mainstay Pro’s Second Quarter Quell video and Finnick and Annie web series.
Hunger Games Fireside Chat
Adam & Savanna: While James Gaisford is lovely and definitely has a promising career ahead of him, he just isn’t a viable candidate for the role. We know the fandom has grown quite fond of Gaisford, thanks to his appearances in Mainstay Pro’s Second Quarter Quell video and Finnick and Annie series, but let’s be serious here: Not only is his acting experience minimal, he’s only 17 — seven years younger than Finnick! There’s no way he’d ever pass for a 24-year-old victor, especially next to 21-year-old Jennifer Lawrence and 19-year-old Josh Hutcherson. We love him, but he’s just too young and inexperienced right now. And besides, the Finnick and Annie series is special enough in itself. He WAS Finnick. Now we could get some variety.
Down with the Capitol
Arianna: While I think James is great in Mainstay Productions Second Quarter Quell video and, of course, the Finnick and Annie series, I don’t think I could really picture him as our actual Finnick. He is a great actor and very handsome, but his age hinders him and he still has a long way to go in the acting industry. Plus, while James’ name has been tossed around the Hunger Games fandom, would new/non-fans even know who he is? The problem is that they wouldn’t and that’s why the role of Finnick should rightfully be given to someone with more creds.
Amanda: I know we’re discussing James for the role of Finnick because many fans loved him in Mainstay Productions’ Finnick and Annie. And yes, he did a good job in the web series. But is he a serious contender to play Finnick on the big screen? I’ve got to say no. He’s a cute kid (certainly not drop dead gorgeous), but he’s just that – a kid. He’s not nearly old enough to play the 24-year-old Finnick, and with Katniss and Peeta being played by older actors, whoever plays Finnick needs to be at least 24 to be believable in the role. Nor does he have the acting experience I’d like to see in an actor who is going to portray the multi-dimensional Finnick. And because of that, it’s hard for me to judge if he’d be able to pull off the role. If Catching Fire was being filmed 7 or 8 years from now, I might be able to seriously consider him for the role. But as it currently stands, he’s not even in the running.
Crystal: While I understand the fan desire to have him play Finnick due to the Mainstay Pro shorts, I feel like James was much better suited to his Young Haymitch role, with his brooding eyebrows and handsome frown. And while he is good looking, he doesn’t quite live up to my Finnick standards. Acting-wise, I don’t know if he could pull off the wide range of emotions Finnick goes through, especially the egotistical Capitol side of Finnick. I also can’t ignore the fact that he’s only 17. Finnick has to be older than Katniss and Peeta, and there’s no way he could pull that off, especially since Catching Fire will theoretically film this year.
Well, we’ve voiced our opinions. What do you think of James Gaisford as Finnick? Let us know in the comments!
Be on the lookout for next week’s Finding Finnick Odair, in which we will discuss Taylor Kitsch. You may know Taylor from Friday Night Lights.
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