For weeks the HG fandom has been mulling over the possibilities of who will portray fishing heartthrob Finnick Odair. There have been a lot of interesting suggestions so far. Still, many of us remain stumped as to which actor would be the best choice. Josh Hutcherson was also at a complete loss when MTV News spoke with him after the MTV Movie Awards last week.
“I mean, honestly, I have no idea,” he admitted. “I definitely need to re-read the second book. I haven’t read it since I first read them, before the first one. So I think I kind of need to read it again to get a better grasp.”
Josh believed one of the most crucial aspects the lucky chosen actor should have is physical strength. “I think that’s a big important thing. I think somebody who’s kind of similar to Peeta in the sense that he knows sort of how to work the situation a little bit. I think the physicality would be really important for Finnick because he’s such an imposing character, for sure.”
Alexander Ludwig, on the other hand, knew exactly which actor could do justice to the District 4 Tribute.
“Whenever I read the books, I always thought Ryan Reynolds would be a great Finnick.” he said. “Ryan Reynolds is just how I pictured.”
Reynolds has been ruled out by many fans due to his age and A-list status, but Alexander believes he possesses many of the necessary characteristics. “I think he’s just got a charisma about him. Whenever I read the books, I was like ‘If I don’t get a [role] in the first one, [then I'd be interested].’ Finnick had always been something I was interested in as a character because he reminds me a little of myself.”
“He’s got a really good charisma about him,” he went on. “He’s also got that bit of an egotistical edge to him which isn’t like me but I love it as character. It’s hilarious and he’s a really strong character too and he’s a really big part of the second book. He’s the most anticipated character in my mind as well. I can’t wait to see who they cast for him.”
Best On-Screen Transformation winner Elizabeth Banks was no more decisive than Josh. “I don’t [know], honestly,” she said. “Everybody that’s ever been mentioned seems fantastic. I’m sure they’ll find the right fit. I think the cast has come together in such an amazing way so far and I know that their goal is to keep adding the best people and the people that its gonna be great.”
Banks described her perfect Finn as having “just a lot of charisma. And he’s a looker.”
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