Sam Claflin: The bravest actor ever?

An interesting introduction to acting

Sam Claflin, the devastating Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games trilogy, is many things: insanely goodlooking, talented, nice, funny, stylish etc etc. But also, and this is the bit you may not have know, really very brave.

His first foray into acting says it all. As a teenager at a nice, ordinary state school in the UK, he was captain opf the football team. Yup, you know the type. 'Football was my life, I played all day, every day.' Then he broke his ankle and had to find something else to fill his time.


'My grandad did a lot of amateur plays in the navy,' he told ELLE when we shot him for our November issue (and filmed him too - see it here). 'Shows to entertain the other guys.' So when young Sam - all tender, adolescent 15 years of him - had a hole to fill where football had been, Grandpa made him try drama.

'I entered a talent show at school, dressed half as a man, half as a woman,' Sam remembers. 'I sang There's a Hole in my Bucket.' Anyone who has attended a nice, ordinary British state school will know that this takes some pretty big balls.

But then again, he won the show, so who's laughing now...

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