When it comes to casting Finnick for the Hunger Games movies, acting skill is--of course--at the top of the list. We all want someone who can bring the persona of Finnick to life. But this is Finnick people, not Haymitch, and for this one character, there are a few things that are also important: height, strength, and the ability to charm, flirt, and dazzle.
The more dream casting choices I see for Finnick Odair, the more disappointed I get. Finnick is 24 years old, and is described as "extremely handsome...tall, muscular, and athletic, with golden skin, bronze-colored hair, and 'incredible' sea green eyes." (source)
Finnick was legendary in the capitol; known for his conquests of women, and his constant, flirtatious attitude.
My own addition to these descriptions is that he is strong and agile enough to carry Peeta--who himself is described as having a "stocky build"--while running.
Bearing that in mind, let's take a look at some of the casting choices I have seen.
Casting choices that are too old for the part.
Best known for his role in True Blood, he is handsome and charming...and a lot older than 24. That's not necessarily a problem, since people in Hollywood (especially men) can play much younger roles. But he looks much older than 24.
Nope. He doesn't look 24. He also isn't even remotely what I imagine when I think of Finnick Odair in his underwear. ;)
Do I need words for this one?
Really, I'm running out of words.
Casting choices that are just outrageous.
Jamie Campbell Bower
Let's face it: this guy is scrawny. He couldn't carry an old lady while running, much less Peeta. And from the shows I've seen him in, I don't like his acting either. He's playing Jace in The Mortal Instruments movie, anyway. Let's leave it at that.
Can we PLEASE stop giving this guy parts that he's not fit for? He does better with roles where he doesn't have to be the suave, charming, guy...because he isn't. He is urban and gritty, and was perfect for his role in Remember Me. I'm not up for watching another Robert Pattinson book character massacre.
The One That Takes the Cake
Apparently someone missed the memo about him....
I'm not saying that I know who the perfect Finnick is. I don't.
But these guys?
These are not Finnick.