An adaptation icon. Numerous Sam Claflin’s roles have one thing in frequent, because the actor has a behavior of starring in TV exhibits and films based mostly on best-selling books.
In February 2023, he starred because the fictional rock star Billy Dunne within the miniseries Daisy Jones & The Six, based mostly on writer Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 guide of the identical title. The Prime Video sequence marked his tenth look in a novel adaptation — not counting the three separate Starvation Video games movies he starred in — which subsequently earned him the title of “guide to display screen king” by Reese Witherspoon’s Reese’s E book Membership in a February TikTok video.
The star — who shares children Pip and Margot along with his ex-wife, Laura Haddock — has taken on a wide range of roles in bringing beloved tales to life on the large and small display screen, from exhibiting his sentimental facet in rom-coms resembling Me Earlier than You and Love, Rosie, to portraying the uptight brother of Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes and extra.
Maybe Claflin’s greatest guide adaptation position up to now is that of The Starvation Video games’ Finnick Odair. His profession skyrocketed following his debut because the District 4 victor within the 2013 sequel Catching Hearth and went on to reprise the position in Mockingjay — Half 1 and 2 in 2014 and 2015, respectively, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
Having starred in so many variations of well-known novels over time, followers can be stunned to know that the Charlie’s Angels star isn’t a lot of a reader himself. “I’ve a bookshelf at dwelling, however mainly it consists of the guide variations that I’ve made,” he admitted in a March 2023 interview with InStyle. “I solely ever hear in regards to the initiatives after I do know there’s a script on the market, and somebody says, ‘Oh, did you understand it’s a novel?’”
Not like his Daisy Jones character, Claflin’s personal information of music isn’t as huge, as he went on to disclose, “I genuinely had to go surfing and google whether or not Daisy Jones & The Six was an precise band. My information of Seventies rock and roll could be very, very dangerous, so this has been a really big studying curve for me.”
Portraying well-known characters comes with strain, one thing Claflin informed InStyle he felt numerous throughout his Starvation Video games days. “I believe Finnick was such a beloved character,” he shared. “If I bear in mind proper, there was a little bit of an uproar after I acquired forged, as a result of everybody was like, ‘This man seems nothing like him.’ Nobody had ever actually seen me do issues, so I did all the things in my energy to go show them incorrect and show that I might do it.”
He beforehand opened up about being body-shamed on set of one in every of his initiatives in a 2017 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. “I learn in an interview just lately and I believe it’s completely true: males have it simply as dangerous,” he mentioned on the time. “Nicely, not simply as dangerous however they get it dangerous and it’s by no means talked about. I bear in mind doing one job once they actually made me pull my shirt up and have been grabbing my fats and going, ‘You’ll want to lose a little bit of weight.’ This different time they have been slapping me. I felt like a chunk of meat.”
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Scroll under to look again at each guide adaptation Claflin has appeared in over time: