November 27, 2014

INTERVIEW: Sam Claflin Confirms Finnick Underwear Scene Was Cut From 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'

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Minor SPOILERS to those who have not seen Mockingjay Part 1.

In a new interview with Crave Online, Sam Claflin confirmed that a certain "brief moment" (pun intended), a fan-favorite scene in the book, was cut from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. This scene from Mockingjay features Finnick in his underwear wishing Katniss luck and subsequently asking her: "Why? Do you find this distracting?" 

So why was the scene cut from the film? Sam Claflin has some answers:
Were there scenes that you shot that showed what you were up to, that didn’t make it into the final cut of this movie? 
Not really, no. I think the important elements of his story and his journey are shown. The fact is, he very slowly starts piecing himself back together, but you don’t really see that in the book or in the film. There was one scene that we shot that didn’t make it into the film, which is totally understandable in the context of the movie and the fluidity of the journey that everyone was going through at that point. It seemed quite jarring, so it makes sense that it didn’t make the film… 
What was that scene? Was it just an isolated moment or were you interacting with another actor? 
It was an isolated moment. I was still in the hospital gown, but for a brief moment in that scene, before I took it off, I was just randomly standing there in my underwear wishing Katniss luck. [Laughs.] I think what they realized was, it was kind of not in keeping with the tone of the movie. They needed to keep moving forward. The fact that she was about to go to war, you know, it didn’t quite sit right. I think that was the general consensus. To me it makes sense if someone was a little wary of how people might take it. It makes so much more sense that it’s not there than if it was.
We would've loved to see this scene in the film, but we totally understand why the producers decided to take it out. It would've kind of changed the emotional tone of the film, which Francis Lawrence was able to establish so brilliantly. But then again, Effie and Haymitch's scenes also brought quite an amount of comic relief in the movie. Oh well, we just hope it gets included in the DVD's deleted scenes. Please hear us out, Mr. Lawrence!

What do you think Tributes? Do you think Finnick's underwear scene could've been a great addition to the film, or would it have changed the tone of the movie? Sound off in the comments!

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