Or, Yet Another Hunger Games Post.
I know that Gary Ross and co. have yet to finish filming The Hunger Games. But, come on. Do you really not expect the fandom to be clamoring for Finnick? Especially since the release date for Catching Fire is already out. Thus, many fan sites, from The Hob to Victor’s Village, have initiated what I will call FinnickWatch 2013.
Loving this artwork.
In the books, Finnick Odair is a sexy twenty-something victor from District 4. He is described as having “famous sea green eyes,” as well as being “[t]all, athletic, with golden skin and bronze-colored hair” (Catching Fire, page 208). He’s basically a dream boat, and all the women in the Capitol want him. Beyond this, though, he is in love with a crazy girl, Annie Cresta, from his district, and he’s more complex than he seems. It’s really no wonder Tributes are already taking down names and trying to see who would be best in the role.
I can’t talk about the nominees as eloquently as other sources can, so I’ll just link. The main candidates were put up by this article, and most of the fandom seems to agree, with the single addition of Colton Haynes.
The interesting thing about these picks is a couple of them were fan favorites to be Peeta, back before Josh Hutcherson was cast. I’m dubious about that, of course, because Peeta and Finnick are not at all alike. But, hey, I don’t control the fandom.
Of course, I had to get in on the FinnickWatch action. The above drawing of Finnick is just about spot-on for me. If that was a real dude, I would be all, “cast him!” But he’s not. Keep in mind, too, that I haven’t seen any of the actual guys in a role. So, going by looks, I have to see who best embodies the essence of Finnick.
Being from District 4, Finnick has spent his entire life swimming and fishing. Growing up with that kind of daily regimen would have given him a lean, muscular body. Furthermore, he won the Games when he was only 14, which is extremely young and proves that he must be very strong, as Katniss describes his victory and shows us that he won by brawn. We have to keep that in mind when casting him. In addition, I don’t picture his face as being soft at all. Rather, it’s hard around the edges (while still being attractive, of course), and the actor who plays him must be able to portray someone who has been through the Games, been hardened and scarred by it, but can still be an emotional character when he needs to.
So who would I pick? First of all, I have to accept the fact that no actor is going to be exactly like the perfect Finnick I have in my mind. Going on looks alone, and with the choices already put forward, I’m going to have to go with Mr. Alex Pettyfer. There’s just something about him that makes me think Finnick. The article I linked to above said that they thought this actor wasn’t soft enough to play Peeta. By the same reasoning, though, he’s golden to be Finnick Odair, heartbreaker. He has that edgy look to him that, if played right, could really bring Finnick to life.
Don't you see it?
To completely please the fans, he might have to subject himself to a little hair dye, but that’s OK! The people over on the Hunger Games set just LOVE hair dye! It’s the answer to ALL THEIR CASTING PROBLEMS!
The only problem I have with him, though, is his age. As I said above, Finnick is supposed to be in his mid-twenties, 24 exactly if this Wiki page is accurate. Though I’m not completely sure about that. I’ll have to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay again to be sure about his age and the year he won the Games.*
Alex Pettyfer, however, is 21, which puts him at the same age as Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, who of course play Katniss and Gale. Katniss and Gale, in turn, are supposed to be sixteen and eighteen, respectively, which puts a pretty good gap between them and Finnick. But if the actor playing Finnick is just as old as the kids, viewers are going to notice that. He’ll look extremely young on-screen when compared to the people who actually are supposed to be young.
It’s for this reason, then, that I think Lionsgate should cast someone who is a bit older than 21. Maybe 26 or 27 would do, though I don’t know of any actors who would fit the role at that age. Perhaps as we get closer to the release of the first movie and the casting for the second, someone who truly fits the role will come forward and surprise us all.
I’m not saying that Pettyfer doesn’t fit the role. I’m just talking about that age difference, and that will be a problem if a 21-year-old is cast. Finnick will just look weird, too young to be a seasoned mentor.
So what do you guys think, fellow Tributes (if there are any of you out there)? Do you agree with my choice? Or would you rather choose someone like Hunter Parrish or Benjamin Stone?
This concludes today’s FinnickWatch 2012 update. I’ll keep you posted when they finally do cast him.
Now a bit of other news…
Apparently the Mortal Instruments series is being made into a movie. I tried to read the first book, but after a few pages it got really weird for me. Recently, though, I’ve been questioning that line of thought. I mean, if I’m as obsessed as I am with a series in which KIDS KILL EACH OTHER FOR ENTERTAINMENT, I shouldn’t be put off by anything, right? Therefore, I’m willing to give the series another try. Are any readers here Cassandra Clare fans? What do you think about the movie?
*Unless Suzanne Collins said this in an interview? Could someone help me out here?