Finding Finnick Odair: Week 12 Monday 07 May, 2012
Welcome to Week 12 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 11, click here to read what we had to say about Chris Zylka.
This week, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on Chace Crawford, best known for playing Nate Archibald on the hit TV series Gossip Girl. The native Texan also has an upcoming role in Lionsgate’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting. So is the handsome 26-year-old right for one of the most coveted roles in the Hunger Games franchise?
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Savanna: I haven’t watched Gossip Girl in a couple of years, but I used to be a huge fan and can vouch for both Crawford’s handsomeness and talent as an actor. I really like this guy, but as with most Finnick fan favorites, I have some concerns. Yes, Crawford is great at portraying Nate Archibald on Gossip Girl, but could he successfully pull off a role like Finnick? Also, while Crawford is 26 — two years older than Finnick — he looks SO young, and I don’t think he’d stand out next to Josh and Jennifer as an older victor. Adam adds: This Gossip Girl star is handsome enough to make girls gossip about him, which is certainly Finnick-esque. He’s not quite Armie Hammer or Garrett Hedlund level, but there’s at least some promise here. Lionsgate could do far worse.
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Arianna: To be honest, I’ve heard of Chace Crawford, but I never paid much attention to him. I’m not sure I could see him as Finnick because he’ll forever be “that dude” from Gossip Girl. Although he will be appearing in What to Expect When You’re Expecting this year, it looks like he has only really done scary movie before. I cannot judge his acting since I’ve never seen it, and I won’t knock him if he ever did get the role, but he is a good looker, which is always a plus.
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Chace Crawford has never been what I pictured for Finnick, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t work for the role. Good looks? Check (I mean, gorgeous). Right age? Yep. Charming? Heck yes. And he’s from Texas, so I like to think he has a cowboy kind of charm. Can I see him with sugar cubes? I can. So why have I not thought of him for Finnick before? Well, I only know Chace as Nate Archibald on Gossip Girl. I haven’t seen him in anything else and have no idea how well his acting can translate to different genres, from TV to film, or from melodramatic into a person that ends up being my favorite character in the Hunger Games series. If Francis Lawrence were to cast Crawford, you would not hear me complain. But Chace will have to prove himself to me and the legions of other Finnick fans.
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Chace, dear Chace. I am sorry to say… NO. I am not trying to be rude, but your turn as Nate Archibald on Gossip Girl has made me hate your whining, woe-is-me character. I just can’t see it. I mean, you are devastatingly handsome, and I can see the women swooning. But that is about it. I just am sorry to say I have pigeonholed you into a character actor, and I don’t want to see you as Finnick. You are not Finnick to me.
Amanda: Yes, Chace is handsome (can anyone argue that?!). Yes, Chace is about the right age. But does he have the necessary acting chops? It’s hard to say. I saw him in The Covenant many years ago, but barely remember him. I used to watch him on Gossip Girl, and while he did fine in that role, I don’t know that he’d be able to pull off Finnick. And can we ever see him as anyone but a spoiled NYC rich kid? Regardless, at least this one fan casting choice looks the part…it would just remain to be seen if he could act the part.
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Tanvi: Oooh yes. I can actually for once see a little Finnick-ness in someone. I’m a Gossip Girl fan, so as a corollary, a Chace Crawford fan. He’s about 25 years old, is tall, and has the kind of looks that could be
groomed into boy-next-door to a straight off Upper East Sider. I’m sure that could be handy in Finnick’s role. Now acting-wise, he’s a trademark Nate Archibald and hasn’t had that much exposure to emotionally daunting acting — but he’s also going to be in Lionsgate’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting (also starring Elizabeth Banks), so I like to think he must have crossed Lionsgate’s mind. Well, I wouldn’t complain if he was cast as Finnick.
Crystal: I feel like every week I’m saying, “I’ve never heard of him.” And sadly, this week is no different. I haven’t seen him in anything, so once again, I have no idea if he can act. I will say, though, that he does look charming enough to be Finnick. A bit of lightening of his hair and a bit of a tan and I think he could be him. He does look young, but he looks like the right kind of young. I can see him being a 24-year-old Finnick. The really weird thing about him, though, is that he reminds me of a cross between Wes Bentley and Liam Hemsworth!
Kait: We all know that Chace Crawford has played the rich snob before, but we just don’t think he can be trusted to take on the tortured, emotional core of Finnick. He’s best known for his role in Gossip Girl, which is not known for its superb acting skills, and a few lackluster “thrillers.” Chace’s prior experience would probably lead him to pour the melodrama on thick, which just isn’t what we need. Also, we don’t understand why some people find him devastatingly attractive! On our attraction scale, he settles in at “pretty okay.”
Well, you’ve heard what we have to say! What do YOU think? Can you picture Chace Crawford as Finnick? 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