Finding Finnick Odair: Week 11 Monday 30 April, 2012
Welcome to Week 11 of Finding Finnick Odair! Because there are SO many potential Finnicks out there, the major 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 10, click here to read what we had to say about Grant Gustin.
This week, we’re taking a look at Chris Zylka, best known for his role on the CW’s The Secret Circle. The 26-year-old actor has said that he would love to play Finnick on his Twitter and has quickly become a fan favorite. But what do the fan sites think? Here’s what we had to say…
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Savanna: I had no clue who Chris Zylka was before sitting down to write about him for Week 11 of Finding Finnick Odair. I’m still not quite sure I know who he is. He has very few credits to his name and hasn’t done anything notable that anyone would really remember. Based on his body of work alone, he doesn’t seem like he’s experienced enough to handle a complex role like Finnick, but since I’ve never seen him in anything, I feel unqualified to judge his acting abilities. As far as looks go, though, he looks nothing like the Finnick that I pictured in my head while reading the books. Zylka has a very all-American, jock-like look to him, which — for me — does’t fit Finnick at all. Adam adds: Chris Zylka, whose acting capability is pretty much unknown, COULD look the part IF he can act well enough to change the natural expression of his face from fierce to calm. But then, why should there be any “coulds” or “ifs” at all? We need someone who screams Finnick, and there are no ifs ands or buts about it.
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Erin: He looks a lot like Finnick to me. Not only does he carry off the look and the feel of Finnick, I think that he could pull it off. I don’t think that Finnick should be someone newer, not a face that we reguarly see on the silver screen. Finnick is supposed to be handsome and brooding, and Chris can pull that off. He has the body of Finnick. Finnick is supposed to be someone that people in the Capitol would pay to sleep with, and the reality is, excuse the crudeness, that seems beleivable. From what I have seen on The Secret Circle, Chris is a good actor and can pull it off. Chris could totally be my Finnick.
Amanda: I wasn’t familiar with Chris Zylka until he was brought into the mix as a suggestion for Finnick. Since the only thing he’s really done is The Secret Circle — which I’ve never watched — he’s another actor that I can’t judge based on talent, though the lack of acting experience would concern me a bit given the multidimensional Finnick. Physically though, I have to admit he’s a pretty good fit to what I pictured for Finnick — blond, attractive, tall, muscular. He’s in his late 20s, which although older than Finnick, is probably the right age for an actor to play the role given the ages of Jennifer, Josh and Liam.
Kait: We had no idea who Chris Zylka was before today, but we’re not totally surprised to see that he’s from the ABC Family and/or CW school of actors. While that type tends to be popular in Finnick fancasts, we just don’t get it! Chris has a role in The Amazing Spider-Man that could prove promising for his career, but his crowning achievements prior to that are tween shows and Piranha 3DD, which is sure to be a cinematic masterpiece (please, for the love of everything, NOTE THE SARCASM!). We’re not saying Chris isn’t attractive at all. He’s got that Grecian look going on and he did play a character called Mr. Hottie in the indie comedy called The People I’ve Slept With. However, being hot and acting well enough to land roles on teen television networks is not enough to make Chris Zylka our Finnick. Shailene Woodley’s amazing performance in The Descendants was the exception, not the rule!
Crystal: I had never heard of Chris Zylka until we decided to focus on him this week, so unfortunately I have no idea about his acting abilities. I do think he’s handsome, but for some reason he just seems like the wrong type of handsome for Finnick. Chris looks very chiseled and Ken-doll like and that’s not really what I had imagined for Finnick. Being from the fishing district, I’ve always thought Finnick should look like a really handsome working class type of guy. Chris looks more like someone who was born in the Capitol. I don’t know how else to put it!
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Sheila: All I know about Chris Zylka is what I’ve seen of him on the CW’s Secret Circle. Physically I can understand why is he is popular fan pick for Finnick with his muscular build, blond hair and strong features. But I’m not sure he is what I’ve personally envisioned for Finnick. While his acting on Secret Circle has been fine, I’ve really only seen him play the same emotions throughout this season of Secret Circle without a lot of depth or change in his character. While that is really not through any fault of Chris’s, it does leave me wondering whether he has the level of skill that would be needed to play Finnick Odair.
Well, you’ve heard what we have to say! What do YOU think? Does Chris Zylka look like a Finnick to you? Let us know in the comments!
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