September 10, 2012

VIDEO: Garret Hedlund reveals why he passed on the role of Finnick Odair in 'Catching Fire'

Garret Hedlund, one of the fan favorites and rumored actors up for the role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire before Sam Claflin was officially cast, confirmed in an new interview with MTV that he was actually approached by Lionsgate to play the role and revealed the reason why he had to pass it on.

Excerpt of the interview from MTV:
Hedlund confirmed his near miss with "Catching Fire" during a recent interview with MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting "On The Road," yet another hotly awaited novel adaptation.

"They did [approach me]," Hedlund admitted to MTV about almost playing Finnick in the upcoming "Hunger Games" sequel. "But I was working on this film at the time. We shot the whole film in 23 days and I was really immersed in it. I couldn't get around [to reading the 'Hunger Games' novels]." 
"Everybody around me is flipping out about the books, and I didn't really have the time to sit down lately to read any book, not just 'Hunger Games,'" he explained further. "But I've got a couple [projects] on my plate that I'm looking forward to reading now."
Even though Hedlund missed out on Finnick, the man who did secure the part is well-positioned to impress fans of all twelve districts. "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence spoke with MTV News recently and had nothing but kind words for what Claflin brings to the table as Finnick. 
"He's wonderful," she said of her newest co-star. "He's really sweet, a great, wonderful actor. He's got a great American accent."


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