I Cast Catching Fire - District 4

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I've really been looking to this post.  Finnick Odair is a character that everyone seems to be attached to, so obviously, that requires a lot of thought, but because I'm mean, I'm going to start with Mags :P

So there's not really much description about Mags.  The book basically only states that she's around 80 years old and fairly toothless.

A lot of people in the blogosphere have been suggesting Betty White for the role, and I just don't understand that.  Now don't get me wrong, I love Betty White (Golden Girls is one of my favorite shows ever), but I feel she's not right for the role.  She's kind of overexposed right now (in my humble opinion) and she's always been more of a comedic actress. I love her, but I think Mags needs more depth than that.

In all honesty, I think it may be better for Mags (and probably some other characters as well) to be played by actors people aren't familiar with.  And while my pick isn't too familiar with today's audiences (unless they're theater nerds like me), she was at one time.  She's also a decade older than Mags should be (and I don't even know if she'd be interested in the part, but I don't know if any of these actors would be interested in any of these parts at all...but it's like fantasy football and I can pick who I want :)

My pick is Carol Channing.

photo from greginhollywood.com

Wouldn't she just be the cutest Mags?  She's such an adorable little old lady.

And now, for Finnick Odair.

For the longest time, I kept having to remind myself that Panem was once North America, because in my head, Finnick Odair had an extremely sexy Irish accent (I think it's his name...it sounds crazy Irish).  Then I snapped back into reality.  The reality is that District 4 is where Panem's fishing industry is located.  So then he started to seem like a merman, and the trident and his swimming skills didn't dissuade that.

So in the back of my brain, in that tiny spot reserved for non-cannon fanfic things (yes, I used to write fanfiction...Harry Potter fanfiction, to be exact.  I'm a nerd.), Finnick Odair is a really hot Irish merman (you're totally picturing it now, aren't you?  Hot, no?)

Anyway, Finnick is hot (that part's not imaginary).  Pretty much the whole Capitol is in love with him.  He's 24 and has tan skin, bronze hair, sea green eyes and a charmingly killer smile.  A lot of people have been pushing for Taylor Kitsch to play him, and I get it.  The dude's hot.  But he never popped into my head.  Two other people, however, did.

The first being Zac Efron.
photo from zimbio.com

I mean, he's got the looks thing down.  And he's the right age.  The problem with Zac Efron is that a lot of people don't take him seriously, and even I worry that he may not have the depth to play Finnick (Mr. Odair is like an ogre in that ogres are like onions...lots of layers).

Which brings me to my next choice:

The smokin' hot Ian Somerhalder.

photo from zastavki.com
The bone structure.

That cocky grin.


The man is like sex on a stick.  And Finnick Odair?  He needs to be sex on a stick.

If you're a LOST fan, you'll remember him as Boone Carlyle, so you know he can pull off the bronze from head-to-toe thing.

If you're a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you know him as Damon Salvatore, the cocky bad boy vampire with a heart of gold underneath it all.  It's his portrayal of Damon, in particular, that makes me confident that he would do justice to Finnick Odair.  Finnick is many things and has many feelings...he's cocky and vulnerable, tough but sweet, and he'll do what he has to do to protect what he loves, and Damon is the same way.

I think Ian would be an absolute PERFECT Finnick Odair, and I will start a Twitter campaign if I have to.  I would really love to see this happen.

Since a lot of people have opinions on who should play Finnick, I'd love to hear yours!  Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think!

Tomorrow I'll discuss Johanna Mason :)

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  1. Ian is yummy...I would stare into his eyes all day if I could. If you cast him, that means I can't see him on the Vampire Diaries during the filming of this movie :-(.

    1. Maybe TVD won't be filming while they film Catching Fire, so you could have BOTH :)

  2. YES! Ian! From the first time Finnick was mentioned in the book, I imagine him like Ian! But not Zack, he's just another disney star -.-
    Sorry for my language, I'm from spain :D

    1. It's okay, no worries :)

      I totally agree about Ian...he'd be absolutely PERFECT. He's got that whole self-deprecating cockiness thing down pat.

  3. Jessica Goffinet GoekenSeptember 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Alex, Ian would be perfect! You're right, he's definitely sex on a stick! I just got into watching the Vampire Diaries on Netflix, and he absolutely makes me shiver!

    1. They cast Sam Claflin. He's not nearly as hot as Ian (or as I think Finnick should be, for that matter), but we'll see how it goes.



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