Though there was some negative feedback when Sam Claflin was first cast as Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, it’s safe to say he won over fans with his phenomenal portrayal of the beloved character. The 27-year-old British hunk obviously wasn’t the first choice for role, but he sure was the best!
In fact, there were a number of other actors who were thisclose to playing Finnick on the big screen. Want to know who they were? Check out the gallery below!
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1. Armie Hammer
He's tall, handsome, and quite charming. No wonder Armie was considered for the role!
2. Garrett Hedlund
Garrett was approached for the role, but ultimately turned it down. He told MTV, "They did [approach me]. But I was working on [On the Road] at the time. We shot the whole film in 23 days and I was really immersed in it. I couldn't get around [to reading the 'Hunger Games' novels]." His loss!
3. Taylor Kitsch<>There was some speculation that the Friday Night Lights star was up for the role, but when asked if he were going to play the role back in 2012, he told reporters, "Not going to happen."
4. Hunter Parrish
Not only was Hunter considered for the role of Finnick, he was almost cast as Peeta as well. He can't catch a break!
5. Luke Mitchell
This hunky Australian star was almost cast as Finnick.
6. Grant Gustin
Fans would have loved to see Grant play the role, however, it just didn't work out for him.
7. Sam Claflin
Well, duh! Sam was considered -- and eventually cast -- as Finnick in Catching Fire.
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