It’s week 2 of the Finding Finnick Odair fantasy casting collaboration with Hunger Games fan sites.
This week we are featuring Armie Hammer.
Armie is most know for playing the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network.
Armie has a strong support group of fans that believe he should be Finnick. Read the varying fansite thoughts on Armie, and let us know what you think of Armie for Finnick!
Arianna: I first heard about Armie Hammer a couple months ago. When I went searching for more info on him, the light bulb dinged on “Ohhhhh the Winklevoss twins.” Naturally I had to watch the Social Network again and after doing so I can say I can see Armie as Finnick. Not only is he extremely attractive but he also has the height and a great built. He’s a great actor and his career is headed in the right direction with movies such as The Social Network, J. Edgar, and Mirror Mirror which is releasing this year. My only complaint is that I have only seen his cocky side, so I’m weary of him playing Finnick when he’s down and out.
Savanna: It’s no secret that I would give [almost] anything to see this man wielding a trident and asking Katniss about sugar cubes next year. I created the “Armie Hammer for Finnick Odair” Facebook page and have been championing this cause ever since a friend presented the notion of Armie as Finnick to me several months ago. Armie is the right age (25), has the right build (he’s 6’5″!), and is an absolutely phenomenal actor who I know would do the part justice. We’ve seen him do the cocky/confident thing in The Social Network, and he proved he’s capable of handling meatier, more complex roles by tackling J. Edgar’s Clyde Tolson. He’s also ridiculously beautiful, which is a definite Finnick pre-req. And he grew up in the Cayman Islands – a.k.a. District 4 — where he walked around with “a machete on [his] hip,” chopping his food down from trees. He IS Finnick. Lionsgate, are you listening?
Sheila: I know that Armie has a strong following to be cast as Finnick, but in my mind he is just not what I pictured . While Armie is obviously handsome, charming, and has a great voice (at least in my opinion), I’m not convinced that he captures the essence of the Finnick I had in my mind. The Finnick I always imagined would be undeniably handsome, have a lot more “swagger’ and would exude a depth to his persona that makes a person want to dig deeper to see what’s underneath. In the Social Network, Armie had a fine performance, but he didn’t leave me with a lasting impression.
Erin: I am going to try to be nice, because I am so against him for the role. He is too old, and I am fully aware that looks are subjective, but I just can’t see what people find attractive about him. I think he’s a great actor, but just doesn’t scream Finnick to me. And so to be nice, I will leave it at that. He’s just not my Finnick.
Lee: Armie Hammer would be an interesting choice to play Finnick. Physically imposing at 6′ 5″ (per IMDB), he would visibly personify a tribute whom at age 14 won the Hunger Games and calls the trident his weapon of choice. His acting work is very high energy (ex. The Social Network), and his body of work has been dramatically diverse, including everything from period pieces like J Edgar to TV shows like Reaper to the fantasy genre with Mirror, Mirror. While Armie is in the right age range to play the role (he’s 26 this year, Finnick is 24), he physically looks older and more mature than Finnick. And there’s no doubt Armie is a handsome man, but I’m not quite sure he has that over-the-top, take it to the next level, dreamboat look that Finnick is supposed to encompass.
Tanvi: There’s a small but significant part of the fandom that’s going crazy over Armie Hammer as Finnick. Personally, I had a lukewarm response to him, only because I thought him too old – and too tall. But let’s get over that and focus on the acting part – we’ve seen him in The Social Network and, if you remember, Gossip Girl. The guy definitely has the charismatic charm of Finnick, and a swoon-worthy face. My issue with him is that I see him as the Finnick of Mockingjay – not sure if he can pull off the Finnick of Catching Fire.
Rebekah: What can I say about Armie Hammer that I haven’t said before? Not much, so I may as well reiterate myself. Armie Hammer has resoundingly become who I picture when I think of Finnick Odair. It took one interview and a re-watch of The Social Network for this to happen. Armie’s got this energy about him, he’s enthusiastic, charming, and emphatically charismatic. After watching almost his entire dossier, I also know without a doubt that he has the range and the emotional wherewithal to take on a this role. For me also he looks like Finnick, he’s tall (6’5), he has bronze hair (I don’t know where this misconception that bronze means ginger, but it doesn’t), unfortunately he doesn’t have sea-green coloured eyes, honestly though – I’ve never seen anyone in my life who has eyes that specific colour. Besides the specific physical characteristics, I like that at 25 he looks like an adult. I say that because I’ve found that many of the actors people have fantasy cast are known for playing teens – and Armie could never be mistaken for a teen. Having an actor who looks like a young adult next to Jennifer Lawrence, who is 21 herself, makes too much sense to me. So, on that note I almost screaming admit that if he’s not seriously considered for this role I will be genuinely very very upset.