The Finnick Odair Audition Scenes Perfectly Encapsulate His Character

Finnick Odair audition scenes Catching Fire sugar cube Annie Cresta screams jabberjaySo it turns out that this morning’s casting hysteria about Catching Fire‘s Finnick Odair was just a rumor run wild. Zap2it reports that not only is Lionsgate not choosing among Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, and (weirdly enough) Taylor Kitsch, but that the studio is considering a bunch of unknowns so as not to have any ego clashes on-set. Furthermore, Zap2it’s source has leaked which scenes from Catching Fire are being used as audition sides… and we fully support it!

Not surprisingly, the two scenes that the studio reportedly chose are fan favorite moments that include Katniss Everdeen. Seeing as whoever gets cast is gonna have to go toe-to-toe with Jennifer Lawrence in a lot of action and emotional scenes, it’s no surprise they picked these two: The sugar cube scene and when Finnick hears Annie Cresta‘s screams in the Arena.

I’ll be curious to see how much the Catching Fire producers play up Finnick’s charisma and sexiness. Especially when he and Katniss are first sizing each up in the Capitol pre-Games and he — wearing just a golden net knotted at the crotch, mind you — does things like this:

“Hello, Katniss,” he says, as if we’ve known each other for years, when in fact we’ve never met.

“Hello, Finnick,” I say, just as casually, although I’m feeling uncomfortable at his closeness, especially since he’s got so much bare skin exposed.

“Want a sugar cube?” he says, offering his hand, which is piled high. “They’re supposed to be for the horses, but who cares? They’ve got years to eat sugar, whereas you and I… well, if we see something sweet, we better grab it quick.”

What’s fantastic is that you can see how much Katniss and Finnick’s relationship has changed in the time between that scene and this famous moment from the Quarter Quell. (Spoilers abound!) As fans know, the Arena for the 75th Hunger Games is set up like a clock, with each of the twelve wedges featuring a different cruel torture. Partway into the Games, Katniss and Finnick get stuck in a section where she thinks she hears her little sister Prim screaming. Once she realizes that it’s a genetically-engineered jabberjay, another one starts up screaming as Finnick’s childhood love Annie. He takes off at a run; Katniss races after him, trying to explain, but he says:

“No, it’s not Annie. But the voice was hers. Jabberjays mimic what they hear. Where did they get those screams, Katniss?”

I can feel my own cheeks grow pale as I understand his meaning. “Oh, Finnick, you don’t think they…”

“Yes. I do. That’s exactly what I think,” he says.

This was one of the truly horrifying parts of Catching Fire, the realization that the Capitol could hurt your family even if you were in the Games. And only these two characters truly understood it. Even though Katniss has reasons pulling her back and forth between Peeta and Gale in Mockingjay, you can’t discount the fact that the only person to truly understand her fragile mental state was Finnick. And we need an actor who can play these polarizing sides to the character; even if he’s an unknown, we’ll take raw talent over a familiar face.

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    • GirlOnFireMellark

      I cant wait to find out who’ll play Finnick!

    • Stacy

      I am really excited to see who they pick for the new movie! My only requirement is that, he must be super sexy!

    • Jackie

      I guess I am ok with them hiring an unknown actor, I just hope he’s easy on the eyes!

    • Meghan

      I am hoping that the unknown actor will be able to compete with Jennifer and the rest of the cast. I really don’t care that much, lets just hope he is cute!

    • Ivana Cvetanovic

      Great summary as far Finnick goes, except that “Katniss has reasons pulling her back and forth between Peeta and Gale in Mockingjay” is not true. There is no doubt where Katniss’ romantic feelings lie at any point during Mockingjay, it’s just that she can’t have Peeta since he’s first in the clutches of the Capitol and then hijacked and hating her/trying to kill her.

    • Mckk

      Sam Clafin is perfect for the role. He may think hes not attractive, but god is he wrong. When I first saw him I couldnt breathe.. He is so sexy he takes your breathe away just looking at a picture of him! Now me and some friends are in love with his face! He seems like such a amzing guy and from the interviews Ive seen hes got a great personality. Sam, if your reading this, Ive struggled with insecurity all my life. Having to feel like I have to live up to what Ive believed pretty to be. Having the right sized nose, eyes, lips, everything Ive hated about myself. Sam, you are without a doubt an attractice guy. A very, very attractice guy! And this is true, its not one of those “Im just saying this so you dont feel bad” type of things. Ive just started to feel good about myself (sometimes, working on it still..) and I really hope you start to, too. You are one incredible guy that’d I would feel absolutely honared to ever meet in real life! Your amazing and I want you to believe that.

      Your Biggest Fan,
      Gurl Mckk!