Ian Somerhalder, who many Hunger Games fans have consistently championed as an ideal candidate for Finnick, is best known for playing Damon Salvatore on the CW’s hit TV series The Vampire Diaries. You may have also seen the 33-year-old actor as Boone Carlyle in ABC’s Lost or on the short-lived WB series Young Americans. Ian seems to be universally adored, but is he right for this role?
Here’s what we had to say:
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Arianna: I’m a huge fan of Ian Somerhalder but I just can’t see him as Finnick. Every time I look at him I think about Damon from The Vampire Diaries. If he somehow miraculousy got the role as Finnick, I would think Finnick turned into Damon. Also I don’t think there is any way for his hair to turn blond. I’m not normally concerned about hair color and characters but for Finnick…it matters.
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Lindsay: Ian Somerhalder knows how to play the dreamy bad boy in Vampire Diaries, and someone with a sad past in Lost. These are two things that could contribute to him playing Finnick rather well. He is beautiful to look at, albeit not necessarily what I had in mind for Finnick. I am not one of those fans that needs an actor to look identical to how he/she was described in the book. So I can overlook that difference as long as he embodies Finnick. Ian Somerhalder could easily pull off the sugar cube scene (which is the scene I require them to audition with in my head). Does Ian have enough brawn to drag an old woman around on his shoulders for half of a movie? I think so. He’s not my number one choice, but I’d say he is completely acceptable.
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In my mind, when I imagine meeting Ian Somerhalder, I get lost in thought staring at his pretty eyes. We’re having a conversation and he’s the only one talking cause I’m just staring at his handsome face. I love him. I watch Vampire Diaries for him. Having said that, he’s too old to be Finnick Odair. That’s pretty much the only argument I have. Well, that and I think Ian would make a terrible blond.
Gabby: When I picture Finnick, all I can see is Ian Somerhalder with that sexy smirk he wears so well! Ian has the ability to bring the confidence, cockiness and charisma Finnick oozes, but at the same time can switch gears to being vulnerable and sweet just as well. I know many fans will argue about little things like his hair being too dark, but I can live with that, since the rest of the package fits just perfectly for me. Ian’s character on Vampire Diaries is one that fans fall for time and time again, but he is playing a “bad guy.” When you can bring legions of fans to your side, have them rooting for you in a role like that, then I believe you are doing quite a good job as an actor.
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Savanna: If it were 2004 instead of 2012 and you asked me if Boone from Lost should/could play Finnick Odair, I’d probably be totally open to the idea. Unfortunately, it’s now quite difficult for me to imagine Ian Somerhalder as anyone other than his Vampire Diaries character. His tan and bronze-y hair are gone, and he’s 33 now, not 25. Would we see Finnick onscreen or Damon Salvatore? Yes, Ian’s good at playing tortured souls, but how far does his range as an actor extend? We haven’t really had a chance to find out. I do hope that someday he can break away from Mystic Falls, but I don’t think that this is the right opportunity for him.
Crystal: Ian Somerholder is hot, no doubt about it, but I never was all that convinced about his acting abilities. I’ve seen every episode of Lost he did and I always felt he was one of the weakest cast members. That being said, I’ve never seen him in Vampire Diaries and people seem to love him to death from those so maybe he’s improved or his Lost character just wasn’t right for him. Still, he looks a little too sinister for my liking. He looks too much of a bad boy and doesn’t have as much charm as I’d like to see in Finnick.
Tiffany: Way back in 2000, I used to watch a short-lived TV show called Young Americans where a young Ian Somerhalder was falling for a girl posing as guy to attend an uptight, all boys academy. I thought he was gorgeous, and a few years down the line when I saw him on Lost, I was excited because that hot guy from that show I used to watch was on the show I was now addicted to. We all know what happened to Boone, but then last year, I finally started watching and loving The Vampire Diaries, and when he wasn’t brooding over Elena, Damon was always one of the most interesting characters on the show. Unfortunately, Ian is just too old, as he’s in his 30s, and he looks it. He was the correct age while he was on Lost. And there isn’t really anything about him that has ever screamed Finnick to me. He excels at playing Damon (vaguely evil, intense, cuttingly sarcastic), and Finnick is not like that character at all. Ian has beautiful eyes, but I think we should be looking for more than that.
Well, you’ve heard what we have to say! What do YOU think? Is Ian Somerhalder your Finnick? Let us know in the comments!