Why Alan Ritchson Lost Out On A Different Major Hunger Games Role Revealed
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Why Alan Ritchson Lost Out On A Different Major Hunger Games Role Revealed


  • Ritchson initially auditioned for Finnick role in
    Hunger Games
    , told he was too old to break out at 30.
  • Despite losing out on Finnick, Ritchson found success later in his career, starring in
  • Ritchson’s rejection as Finnick seems odd since he’s only 4 years older than Claflin, but age was a factor.



Actor Alan Ritchson explains why he lost out on playing a different role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Ritchson played the role of Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. His co-stars included Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Huthcerson as Peeta, Sam Claflin as Finnick, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, and Jack Quaid as Marvel.

As per Men’s Health, Ritchson’s lost out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire role is explained. While Ritchson does have a role in the film, the actor reportedly initially auditioned for the role of Finnick. At the time, Ritchson was turned down for the role, being told that he was too old and unlikely to break out at the age of 30.

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The role of Finnick Odair eventually went to Claflin. The casting team’s reason for rejecting Ritchson seems slightly odd, because the actor is less than four years older than Clafin. Still, Claflin does have a younger look, making him a better choice to play the charming and handsome Finnick, whose good looks are a notable element to his character The Hunger Games books, thus were likely a priority of the casting directors.


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Another interesting part of this casting choice comes in the reasoning: that Ritchson would not be able to break out at 30. Looking at Ritchson’s career between then and 2024, this prediction could not have been more off base. Ritchson was put on the map in his late 20s, when he acted in the series Blue Mountain State from 2008–2011. Since then, Ritchson got his biggest break at the age of 40, when he began starring as the titular Jack Reacher in the Prime Video series Reacher.

has two seasons available on Prime Video and has been renewed for a season 3.

Since acting in Reacher, Ritchson is now a more sought-after actor. A year after Reacher season 1 began, Ritchson landed a supporting role in the action film Fast X. This year, Ritchson played the lead role in Ordinary Angels, a drama co-starring Hilary Swank. The actor is also set to star in the action film The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare among a number of other films. So, Ritchson may have lost out on Finnick in Catching Fire, but he did not miss his chance for a big break.

Source: Men’s Health

Hunger Games Catching Fire Movie Poster

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second entry into the Hunger Games film franchise and based on Suzanne Collins’ book of the same name, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up shortly after the events of the first film. Returning home to District 12 after their victory at the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) begin to sense an imminent rebellion against the oppressive Capitol.

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