Sam Claflin Confirms Carrying Mags in the Arena
In his first full interview since landing the part of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, actor Sam Claflin talked with Teen Vogue about landing the part of the Hunger Games fan favorite and confirms that they did film him carrying Lynn Cohen (Mags) around while filming Arena scenes in Hawaii.
TV: Do you like your blonde hair?
SC: It’s definitely taking some getting used to. I have a tan and a six-pack now after four months of hard work. I feel slowly but surely like I am Finnick Odair.
TV: Your training sounds intense!
SC: From the moment I set foot in Atlanta, they had me at the gym, working out twice a day. And then stunt training, it’s nonstop. To be fair, I spend a lot of the film carrying an old lady on my back, as Finnick carries Mags for the majority of the arena scenes. I feel like every day of filming is a workout, running around Hawaii with little old Lynn Cohen on my back. As for my diet, I think I’ve eaten more chickens than there are in the world. [Laughs] I would eat chicken and asparagus for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast I’d have an omelet and oatmeal. And I had that every day for four months. I’ve talked to my friends and said, “Oh my God, I’m so depressed, I just want a burger.” And they’re like, “You don’t know how lucky you are to be doing what you are doing.”
Read the full article at Teen Vogue.