When Screen Rant spoke with The Hunger Games star Natalie Dormer, she praised the movie for having characters whose gender is secondary to their personal traits and journeys. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that when we asked Claflin who his inspiration for playing Finnick was, the answer was… a little surprising.
“The best way I think about Finnick, generally, I guess, is that he’s sort of similar to Marilyn Monroe. [Laughs] Seriously. In front of the cameras, in public, he’s a character, sort of guards – really allows himself to become someone he really isn’t. Behind closed doors, of course, he’s damaged, he’s vulnerable, sensitive – broken in a sense. So I think… not that I kind of watched every Marilyn Monroe film in the world, but that definitely was some inspiration, I guess. [Laughs] It’s true! It really is! It really informed me – that’s where I got what he would be like.”
The various elements of this multi-faceted character had already started to emerge in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but Claflin hinted that we’ll get to see even more of Finnick in Mockingjay – Part 1, which has “a very big difference in the approach to the character” and offered him “the opportunity to show both sides.”