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.

The Hob
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.

Mockingjay.net
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


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39 Comments

  • Clare says:

    While he is cute as a buttermilk biscuit, I agree that James is far too young and inexperienced. Right now, my vote is for Armie Hammer, although I also strongly picture Grant Gustin when I read Finnick.

  • Natalie says:

    Can’t wait to read about Taylor Kitsch as Finnick. Seriously, Taylor Kitsch with blond hair is whom I imagined when reading about him.

  • Emma Porter says:

    If we’re just throwing names around for Finnick, how about Tom Brady? Seriously, James Gaisford MIGHT have a chance at a very small role such as young Haymitch, but he can’t be Finnick. He’s not hard to look at, but certainly not drop dead gorgeous. He is two years younger than Peeta, four years younger than Katniss, when he’s supposed to be seven years older than both.

  • Camille says:

    I hope he gets chosen as Finnick! He’s adorable! <3

  • Maleah says:

    I agree with mockingjay.net. He is a little too young to play Finnick, but I can definitely imagine him as playing young Haymitch! And I pictured Finnick as drop dead gorgeous. Im not saying that James Gaisford isnt attractive, but he’s just not who i pictured as Finnick.

  • Aniretak says:

    I think he was a perfect Finnick Odair in the Mainstay productions. I actually did not know he was 17 years old. He actually gave me the impression that he was Finnick’s age in the Annie & Fiinick web series. I do believe he would make a great Finnick Odair. For me, he’s a great candidate.

  • Sarah says:

    No

  • adri says:

    HE IS PERFECT AS FINNICK!!!
    I THOUGHT HE IS 24, BUT HE IS AS OLD AS ME! <3
    SRSLY HE IS PERFECT
    and the thing with the age is bullshit
    josh h. is 19,plays a 16 year old and was FANTASTIC
    JAMES GAISFORD IS PERFECT AND DESERVES THIS

  • Ezrea says:

    What about Grant Gustin?

  • Katniss says:

    Gawd, guys. He is like the perfect replica of Finnick. Who cares if he is 17?!?! Josh Hutcherson is pretty short if u haven’t noticed but did that stop us from luving him!! I thought he was older and he does frickin good in the web series. And he is smokin hawt!!!! Lionsgate, ARE U LISTENING?? DO NOT MESS UP FINNICK LIKE U MESSED UP THE CAVE SCENE!!!!!!!!!!

  • nia says:

    He is the perfect finnick. If anybody else got the role I would hats the movie! We want James Gaisford!!!!!! Btw I thought he was 24.

  • nia says:

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rena says:

    I think that James Gaisford would make a great Finnick. Although I can see why people think he would be a bit young but I thought he was in his twenties like Aniretak did. When I imagine Finnick I imagine James Gaisford. The only other person that I think could fit the roll is Taylor Kitsch. People said he would be perfect for the roll. But he’s 30. That’s six years older. I don’t see anyone complaining about his age.
    Thanks 🙂

  • anna says:

    he. is. perfect.!!!!

  • Taylor says:

    He is perfect for Finnick! You guys say he is to young he isn’t! I ask my friend who has never seen him in her life and she told me he look 28 at the leased! We need variety of people if he is inexperienced he needs a place to start off! Everyone is not going to agree on who they pick as Finnick, it’s who they pick.

  • STRUMPET!! says:

    As soon as I saw this kid on youtube, all I could do is think of him as Finnick. I do agree with the age thing though, and Jennifer Lawrence is super tall and her looks are mature. Get this kid a good Italian Tan and some protein shakes and dumbbells with a dash of some serious acting lessons and you have your Finnick. As for James Gaisford I say ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

  • Katie Lyne says:

    i think that week 7 (James Gaisford) is definitely the one to choose. He looks exactly how i pictured Finnick and i don’t think any of the other guys could even compete with him. Watch the web series! he’s amazing and very talented for a 17 year old. I think he has what it takes, all things considered (even his age.) give him a chance!! Gaisford’s perfect for it.

  • Katie Lyne says:

    Okay i am reading the comments and EVERYBODY wants James Gaisford!! do you people realize how many people would obsess over Catching Fire if you just cast him as Finnick?? The movie might even sell more tickets than the hunger games!!! CONSIDER HIM PLEASE, because lets be honest, the fans are what matters in making the money…….and your gonna have so much more if Gaisford is the guy you pick!

  • Tay says:

    IS GUY THIS GUY THIS GUY !! Seen the Annie and Finnick web series, and he’s just perfect !! I think the rest just don’t suit Finnick or are too much of a ‘pretty boy’ this guys rough around the edges and HOT !! :3

  • emms says:

    i cant imagine him for finnick but he does sound like a good match

  • Kat says:

    I think James has got a serious chance of being a young Haymitch for when they show the flashbacks when Haymitch tells Katniss his story. His brilliance in the Second Quarter Quell is blow away crazy. Also, Haymitch was 16 when he won, so why not? Every time I try to findo ut who could play young Haymitch in Catching Fire, James’s name keeps popping up. But I agree, he is WAY too young for Finnick.

  • ooo says:

    i think he would be pretty good considering how attractive he is… but can he act the part?

  • I love Peeta and Katniss and Clove and Cato and ... says:

    Yes,James Gaisford is PERFECT!!!!!!!!
    I saw him on youtube and I thought: OMG he’s so cute!!!
    My friend thinks the same!!
    He’s so cool and I can’t imagine me Grant Gustin or another guy as Finnick!
    Please, pick him!

  • Melody says:

    OMG! I love James as Finnick!! I would absolutely love to see him on the big screen.. But sadly, the age thing is kinda in the way,

    <3

  • Ella says:

    He should defiantly be Finnick, it doesn’t matter that he’s young because movies shouldn’t be just like the books, he could’ve been last years winner just a young tribute.

  • Cali says:

    omg it’s called acting for a reason! Who cares if he’s 17? Jen is 21 and playing a 16 year old, so why can’t a 17 year old play 24? And the fact that he’s not well known makes it interesting. Just because other actors have more experience than him doesn’t mean they’re better.

  • pilar says:

    I like james gaisford as young haymitch or finnick odair


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