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Hunger Games' Sam Claflin Motivated By Unhappy Fans To Try Harder And Become The Finnick Odair They Needed!

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It's hard to believe that Sam Claflin's bod wasn't always in his favor! Harder than his abs currently are right now.

Sam, who plays the net-and-trident-wielding Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, talked about he wasn't exactly a shoe-in physically for the part:

"[H]e’s tall, blond, tan, green eyes. And I sort of walked in with this stubbly face and very pale English skin, long brown hair, and, to be honest, out of shape. So I’m saying to myself, 'this is never going to happen.' But once I was cast, the alarms went off and the trainers were brought in. There were a lot of gym workouts, a lot of stunt training and fighting, hair dying, fake tans, the whole shebang. I was a different man. I’m very happy with the results and can only hope that I achieve a semblance of that perfection that everyone is looking for."

Judging by the seksi shirtless still from the Hunger Games sequel, we think you embody that perfection pretty nicely! Sometimes, the body can be a finnicky thing, in a good way!

What a Victor! Sam also commented on how some fans' negative reaction to his unlikely casting actually Odaired him to strive harder to embody the part:

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