Because Finnick Odair is my favorite character in The Hunger Games (tied with Peeta, of course), I feel it my responsibility to choose, or at least remind everybody that it is imperative that they get absolutely the most appropriate actor for the role.
Finnick Odair, 24, won the 65th Hunger Games when he was only 14–one of the youngest victors in history. As a tribute from District 4, he was a career, which meant he received early training for the Games, but, as described in the book, “what no trainer could claim to have given him was his extraordinary beauty.” Tall, athletic, bronze-haired with sea-green eyes, he has a body so hot it’s a crime not to show it off (he wore a scrap of fish net for the Tribute Parade).
While Finnick is all sorts of hot and physically incredible, he’s emotionally very frail and vulnerable caused by his traumatic days at the Games and developed after years of being prostituted to wealthy Capitol citizens. He is the Panem It Boy. A stud. Brad Pitt back in the ’90s.
With the emotional requirements of the role, the person cast should not only be a fine physical specimen, but a terrific actor as well. After all, he has to go from confident clad in a fish net to pathetic and desperate lover/prostitute to goofy friend and confidante.
According to the rumor mill, the final names pitted for the role are Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund. Armie’s great and all (he is my ultimate Hollywood hunk), but I’m not sure if he can pull off Finnick’s roller coaster psyche. He looks a little too… affluent and civilized. Forgive me for not being able to put it in cleverer terms but victors, often inflicted with PTSD, have that haunted and starved quality in them. I was thinking it should be someone with the same level of intensity as Alexander Skarsgard–who would be perfect if only he was 10 years younger.
I have no idea why Lionsgate has yet to pick (or announce) a Finnick Odair. I’m sure I will be terribly disappointed with their choice only to have a change of heart after watching Catching Fire, but really, all this anticipation is giving me a serious case of the crazies. The withholding of information is riling up deprived Hunger Heads and the delay will only aggravate uproar should they choose someone fans don’t particularly agree with. As I seem to be one of the few people who appreciates Jena Malone’s casting as Johanna Mason, it’s become a serious debate to see who’d end up as the blonde District 4 god. To those who don’t know her, Jenna’s been on tons of films. She played the angry daughter in Stepmom and kept pace with Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris.
I sincerely hope Catching Fire doesn’t disappoint. Gary Ross backed out as director due to its tight schedule to accommodate Jennifer Lawrence’s other endeavors. It’s my favorite book in the series and the best selling, I heard.