Finding Finnick Odair: Week 8 Monday 20 February, 2012
Welcome to Week 8 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 7, click here to read what we had to say about James Gaisford.
This week, we’re taking a look at 30-year-old Taylor Kitsch, a Canadian actor best known for playing Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights and Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Next up for Kitsch is the title role in John Carter, which is set to hit theatres later this year.
Hunger Games Fireside Chat
Savanna: I have to admit, I’ve never seen Taylor Kitsch in anything. Up until this past week, I didn’t even know who he was. That being said, from what I’ve heard, he seems to be a capable actor. He’s also the right age and, at least in my opinion, looks the part — but really only when his hair is longer. I do think that Finnick needs to look remarkable, though, and I’m not sure if Kitsch’s “handsomeness” is universal or extraordinary enough. He sort of reminds me of a young Christian Slater, actually — who, while obviously attractive, isn’t exactly “Greek godlike.” Could Kitsch’s face capture the attention of an entire nation? All that being said, though, Kitsch wouldn’t be a horrible choice. Adam adds: If The Hunger Games was on the CW, then Kitsch would be your perfect pretty-boy-who-does-nothing character. But Finnick is so much more than that, and so is The Hunger Games. Give me a character who’s blazingly good-looking, with depth and personality. We don’t need a District Four Tree Hill.
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Erin: I admit I haven’t seen Taylor Kitsch in anything. I know that Friday Night Lights is a good show, but I also know I didn’t watch it, so I have no opinion. He’s extremely handsome, and from the way the other people in the fandom talk him up, I am sure that he can act. But he reminds me of someone I would see on The Vampire Diaries or something. And I’m not saying they are bad actors — they aren’t… it’s just he’s not my Finnick. I am sitting here watching YouTube videos of him I am thinking that he definitely has screen presence. I admit, I am torn down the middle. But overall, he’s not my Finnick. But put him on The Vampire Diaries, and I’ll be happy to watch him get staked by Damon.
Lee: I very much like Taylor Kitsch as a choice to portray Finnick. His screen presence is magnetic and his physical appearance is striking. Though older than Finnick at 30 years old, he can appear both young and old at the same time. This adds dimension to a character who would be champion of the Games at a young age, but who appears somewhat aged years later by his experiences in Panem. It would not seem out of place to see Taylor hold a trident with ease. His work has shown so much range, from Friday Night Lights where he showed his physical and emotional range, to X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he commanded the screen as Gambit. Emotionally, he has shown that inner monologue of choice and action necessary for Finnick. Overall, I think he’s a strong choice for the role.
Kait: We’re interested to see where Taylor Kitsch goes as an actor. He’s gotten praise for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the upcoming John Carter, but he’s also had his share of really unfortunate performances in movies like The Covenant and Snakes on a Plane (both were really kitschy — bad pun INTENDED). He brings up the age old question: Is success or failure based on the actor or the role? Personally, we’re not willing to take that gamble with the beloved character of Finnick Odair. Taylor Kitsch is a handsome, well-built guy who probably has a solid acting career ahead of him, but we just can’t picture him in the role and can’t be assured that he’ll pull it off. We’d be very nervous is he were cast, though he still seems like a much better suggestion than some of the other pop-confection Finnick fancasts out there.
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Lindsay and Sheila: Anyone who knows Taylor Kitsch probably knows him as Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights. But he’s set to blow up huge this year with a couple of major blockbusters coming down the pipeline (Battleship and John Carter). Can he carry his own film? We don’t know yet. But what we do know is that he is capable of playing the bad boy you can’t help but love (and I mean LOVE). If you’ve watched Friday Night Lights then you know Taylor’s character had many layers. When you first see him as Tim Riggins, he presents himself as cocky and confident with alot of swagger. But as his character develops, Taylor shows his character’s vulnerability and fragility, and isn’t that what Finnick is all about? In our opinion, not only does Taylor have the right look to play Finnick, he also brings a great but quiet charisma to the screen. We’d give Taylor a double thumbs up for Finnick!
Well, you’ve heard what we have to say! What do YOU think? Can you picture Taylor Kitsch as Finnick? Let us know in the comments!
Be on the lookout for next week’s Finding Finnick Odair, in which we will discuss Colton Haynes. You may know Colton from MTV’s Teen Wolf.
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