Sam Claflin in Alexander McQueen at the “Catching Fire” LA Premiere

Posted on November 19, 2013

Oh, son. This is so wrong. Walk with us. We have some hard truths for you.


Sam Claflin Kiernan attends the premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in Los Angeles in Alexander McQueen.


See that last picture, with you standing in front of a bunch of screaming fangurls – EVERY SINGLE ONE OF WHOM IS LOOKING SOMEWHERE ELSE? You done fucked this one up big time, Finnick. In a franchise in which practically every single casting decision was considered controversial by some portion of its fandom, your casting stood out. This is your time to stand before the world and say, “Look at how hot I look.” You had one job here. That was it.

A striped henley with a polka dot silk scarf with a too-short and too-wide plaid double-breasted blazer? Are you on CRACK, son? Don’t even get us started on the “job interview” shoes and pants. And it’s McQueen, which should suit you to a tee, but someone in your sphere managed to pick the worst items for you in at least a size too large. Dreadful. Top to bottom. 

Which brings us to our next point: You have been blessed with cuteness. Unfortunately for you, it’s not the kind of cuteness that blossoms under poor grooming. Shave, do something about that horrifying dye job, and get a cut that suits your face better than that.

Also: Get some queen to show you how to pose for pictures, because you’re really embarrassing yourself. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Hands out of pockets.
  2. No weird “Jesus blessing the crowd” finger gestures.






[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/]

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    • RussellH88

      This is bad.

      It’s also really stupid. This is your chance to break out and be a star, but you show up looking like ass.

      • Nicholas

        Alex Pettyfer 2.0.

        • diane {a spot of whimsy}

          This, exactly.

      • lunchcoma

        Very poor planning on his part. He’s already one of the lesser-known actors at this shindig. He’s already been attacked for being inappropriate for his sex god character. This would have been a perfect time to show up in something swoonworthy and prove everyone wrong. Opportunity missed.

      • Mona_Visa

        Stupid. Amen.

        Although I suppose that could also be the caption for pic #3…

    • sugarkane105

      “No weird “Jesus blessing the crowd” finger gestures.”

      Hahahaha, that’s so spot on.

      Anyway, I’ll withhold final judgement until I see the movie, but I’ve been disappointed in his casting since it was announced. Surprise me, Finnick!

    • ashtangajunkie

      Embarrassing. This is so, so bad. There are young guys in my office right now who could fill in for him and look more like they should be there.

    • Feathers McGraw

      Argh! I am withholding judgement until I see him in the movie, but so far I’m worried on all levels. Although he did an adorable interview recently where he admitted not feeling hot enough to be Finnick, so I understand he may not be comfortable owning the hotness. I do wish he’d try a bit harder though…

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      I’m so offended I don’t even want to take his clothes off.

    • VicksieDo

      But…those dimples!

      • TrixieConQueso

        And um… distracted by his Deep Stare Into My Soul in pic #2. Might be a Mind-Melt.

    • ChaCha_70

      Horribly wrong but I’m still intrigued by this guy (no idea who is he). I think it’s his smile and dimples.

    • Coleen

      You are Finnick F-ing Odair. Dress the goddamn part.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I don’t know if I want to see the fishing net costume…

        • Jaimie

          Dear Jesus I forgot about that. Oh man I’m on board WHO CARES.

    • Nicholas

      Seriously, what is it with the guys on this movie and shaving?

      They can borrow J-Law’s ladyshaver, if they need to.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Maybe it’s some kind of superstitious thing, like baseball players who decide not to shave until they’ve won the series? You know… maybe they’ll all shave when it’s hit its third week at #1 or something.

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    • lundibleu

      This is McQueen? It screams of a Project Runway menswear challenge where the designer couldn’t finish and just threw fabric at the model so there wasn’t a nude walking the runway.

      The fabric on the jacket could suit him well, if it was in a nice single breasted cut tailored to him, with a plain rich coloured shirt under it.

      • marlie

        A PR menswear challenge where it’s obvious that none of them know how to make menswear because the proportions are so off.

    • Sobaika

      THIS is what was chosen for the world’s most beautiful man..?

      #JesseForFinnick Still not over it.

      • NinjaCate

        I will NEVER be over it.

      • diane {a spot of whimsy}

        I must have missed this during casting – who is Jesse?

        • Sobaika

          Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy, The Butler) and he is beautiful. He is perfect. He certainly makes more sense than Rumpled McGee over here. It was a fancasting campaign that got A LOT of traction on the internet, and a lot of controversy as well.

          • marlie

            I just looked him up. He’s HAWT. His eyes are mesmerizing!

          • diane {a spot of whimsy}

            ah ok, gotcha – thanks for the info!

      • RebeccaKW

        He looks like James Franco here.

    • formerlyAnon

      You guys are geniuses. Pointing out that none of the fangurls are focused on him is worth 10,000 words.

      He has those eyes, lips and the artfully tousled hair going for him. It’s not *my* kinda look, but I know enough to know that it oughta be the stuff that launched a thousand ships. I’m left thinking “well, maybe if he dressed down a bit . . .” or “maybe not that jacket . . .” ‘Tis a puzzlement.

    • Laura

      Boy, that’s not your jacket.

    • Clueless_Jock

      He should definitely shave and get a haircut. Then wear Thom Browne.

    • deathandthestrawberry

      I’m getting a distinct whiff of Franco from these photos (another genetically-blessed guy whose douchiness kills the hot). Not good.

      • MaggieMae

        Oooo….good call.

      • annabelle archer

        I see the Franco. And I am appalled.

      • Sarah

        I’m getting a distinct whiff of weed. (Which may be what he has in common with Franco.) Dude looks high, to me.

      • Nicholas

        He does look a little like someone who finishes all his sentences “… ladies”.

        • sugarkane105

          “Sugar cube… m’lady?”

        • Jen Freeman

          Which is sad, really, because in all of his interviews he’s adorable. Recently married and obviously smitten, total gent, self deprecating and really quite likeable.

          • Nicholas

            That’s a shame.

            I’m just bummed because it takes actual effort to five-up the other male cast members in sloppy red-carpet styling.

            • Jen Freeman

              So true. All the boys in this group need to WILLIS IT THE FUCK UP.

      • Stacy C

        Yep I’m getting the Parfum A La Douche from him as well.

      • RebeccaKW

        Yes, I said the same thing before seeing this comment. The whole way down, I was thinking it’s like Franco with some shading on his nose.

    • NinjaCate


      He’s no Jesse, but he’ll do.

      • MilaXX

        You’re half right, he’s no Jesse.

    • annabelle archer


    • MaggieMae

      It’s like he swung by Goodwill on the way to the premiere and grabbed something to wear.

      • JLou

        I had a similar thought, that his luggage was lost by the airlines and he had to borrow clothes from the other cast members!

    • Jessica Freeman

      He really looks like he does not give one shit.

    • M_E_S

      ….Jesse Williams would have every damn woman on that carpet drooling over him.

      And every man, LET’S BE REAL HERE.


      • Sobaika

        Let’s start a support group.

      • MilaXX

        Yes! Those green eyes of his would have had all the ladies swooning.

      • KinoEye

        Thank you for inspiring me to look up Mr. Williams. Those eyes… woof.

    • Laura Renee

      Aha, aw. I thought his hair was cute, at least.

    • marlie

      Wow… everything about this is unfortunate. Kiddo, go home and start all over again. And how about we start with a shave and some time with a hairbrush?

    • MilaXX

      He needs some serious fashion rehab before the stench of douche becomes a permanent fixture. Go home. start over again!

    • foodycatAlicia

      There was a piece in The Guardian this week saying that he won’t take his shirt off on the beach and thinks he’s fat. Maybe he just can’t embrace the cuteness within?

      • formerlyAnon

        I think that’s really common (WARNING sweeping generality ahead) especially in younger actors, since they are so focused on others’ feedback on their performances and are encouraged to a level of self-criticism and analysis that approaches that of the girls’ restroom in a middle school. There’s a lot of bravado, and some take refuge in a hyperfocus on ‘the craft’ or a pretension of complete unconcern. But, deep down, they think about it. They’ve all spent plenty of time in front of a mirror watching what their shoulders do as they change their walk, and practicing their head shot “looks.”

    • MoHub

      You nailed it, T-Lo. There is nothing I can add.

    • cocohall

      Sam, go study the Benedict Cumberbatch photos of a few days ago. That’s how you do British. This is how you do “everything that fits is at the cleaners or in the wash.” I googled him as I had no clue who he was, and there are photos that suggest he can shave, comb his hair and dress himself. Don’t get in your own way boy with this “I’m too cool for Red Carpet” schtick. You don’t want to pole dance? Don’t audition for roles in “tent-pole” movies. And you are too young to be pulling a Pitt already.

    • diane {a spot of whimsy}

      oh NO. serves me right for wondering on Friday why Catching Fire’s PR team wasn’t trying to shove Finnick down our throats (metaphorically). Pull it together, Sam Claflin.

    • giddypony

      He is so stinking adorable that I am making a paper doll out of him, and dressing him so he looks decent. Maybe the Vivienne Westwood suit joe gilgun wore to the barracks two years ago?

    • TheLaurenJean

      Good lord, his dad should have slapped him when he asked to borrow his blazer.

    • Nicoclaws

      One of the few men that should ABSOLUTELY shave.

    • Lily

      I would to god that one of his handlers could buy him a personality. He is the blandest of bland and non-threatening, and it oozes out of ever pore. If he’s going to be forced on my eyeballs now, SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP THIS POOR CHILD. And I mean that in terms of style as well. He’s cute enough that he could work it if some PR people sat down and figured out something that wasn’t as bland as plain yogurt.

    • PastryGoddess

      I am embarrassed FOR this poor child. Someone get him off the red carpet STAT

    • AvaLehra


    • NYCGlamourpuss

      TLo said: “See that last picture, with you standing in front of a bunch of screaming fangurls – EVERY SINGLE ONE OF WHOM IS LOOKING SOMEWHERE ELSE?”

      Bingo, spot on, you said it, etc. When the screaming fangurls are paying you no mind, then you’ve got it wrong.

    • another_laura

      Spit out my coffee over this one. Way to rake him over the coals, T Lo!

    • frannyprof

      You’ve been SCHOOLED, Finnick. Love the dimples, though.

    • msdamselfly

      I LOVE THIS! I think it shows originality and individuality which is rarely seen on the RC

    • Natalie Marshall

      Jesse Williams (Dr. Avery on Grey’s Anatomy) remains my dream casting for the role of Finnick, and nothing this yahoo has shown me so far can change that. He looks like he just rolled out of bed and into Thurston Howell III’s closet. Ugh.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      All I see are dimples…this boy is cute.

    • E Smith

      “You done fucked this one up big time, Finnick.”
      Funnies thing I’ve read in months!! Thank you…

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Granted, I’m pre-tea here but I had no idea that was a scarf. Good lord, child.

      • Lea Setegn

        I thought it was a tie at first – like he was trying to deconstruct a suit-and-tie outfit. He shouldn’t.

    • Kimmu

      God he is so unattractive. Of course, I’ve felt this way since Snow White and the Huntsman, where they somehow expected us to believe he was comparably hot next to Chris Hemsworth.

    • Richard Banger

      It’s a classic pretty boy British actor move. Just like the ones before him (Robert Pattinson, Alex Pettyfer) he just has to be all obnoxious when he’s about to be a big star. I’m sure there’s going to be a series of super douchey and super annoying interviews to come, where he complains about how hard it is to be so good looking and so famous. Girls will still love him though.

    • filmcricket

      He looks like McConaughey and Peter Facinelli had a kid together. Having never heard of him, I will take other BKs’ words for it that he’s actually a sweetie and not as douchey as he’s looking here, but yes, this is an unfortunate get-up. He does have lovely eyes.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Mr. Claflin, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever dressing yourself.

    • crash1212

      What a huge disappointment. That jacket had some potential. Wasted opportunity.

    • Isana Leshchinskaya

      but but but he looked so good at the world premier. i mean stylish enough to distract me from my wife jennifer.

    • Reality TV Casting

      thank you tlo, for saying exactly what needs to be said

    • Mona_Visa

      Oh no.

      And my nephew has the biggest crush on this guy… I won’t link him these pics. Ignorance is bliss.

    • fnarf

      With those pants and shoes, when he stands with his feet together he looks like he’s got his shoes on the wrong feet.

    • julnyes

      This guy is playing Finnick? Hmmm, okay I am trying to wait until I see the movie to judge the casting choices, but he is not giving me a lot to work with here.