Well Tributes, we mourn today as we have learned that a certain fan favorite scene featuring Finnick Odair was indeed filmed for Mockingjay Part 1 but was left on the cutting room floor.
In an interview with Crave Online, Sam Claflin discussed what he called a “brief moment” (his words, not ours! ) that they filmed featuring Finnick where he wishes Katniss luck while standing in his underwear. This was filmed in the hospital wing, as he mentions taking off the hospital gown as well. So, why was a scene many fans adore in the book cut from the film? Sam has an answer for that too.
Were there scenes that you shot that showed what you were up to, that didn’t make it into the final cut of this movie?
Not really, no. I think the important elements of his story and his journey are shown. The fact is, he very slowly starts piecing himself back together, but you don’t really see that in the book or in the film. There was one scene that we shot that didn’t make it into the film, which is totally understandable in the context of the movie and the fluidity of the journey that everyone was going through at that point. It seemed quite jarring, so it makes sense that it didn’t make the film…
What was that scene? Was it just an isolated moment or were you interacting with another actor?
It was an isolated moment. I was still in the hospital gown, but for a brief moment in that scene, before I took it off, I was just randomly standing there in my underwear wishing Katniss luck. [Laughs.] I think what they realized was, it was kind of not in keeping with the tone of the movie. They needed to keep moving forward. The fact that she was about to go to war, you know, it didn’t quite sit right. I think that was the general consensus. To me it makes sense if someone was a little wary of how people might take it. It makes so much more sense that it’s not there than if it was.
As if we could forget, but to refresh your memory here is that scene from Mockingjay:
I was supposed to tell you to report to Beetee in Special Weaponry. He’s designed a new trident for you.”
At the word trident, it’s as if the old Finnick surfaces. “Really? What’s it do?”
“I don’t know. But if it’s anything like my bow and arrows, you’re going to love it,” I say. “You’ll need to train with it, though.”
“Right. Of course. I guess I better get down there,” he says.
“Finnick?” I say. “Maybe some pants?”
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. “Why? Do you find this” – he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose – “distracting?”
I can’t help laughing because it’s funny, and it’s extra funny because it makes Boggs look so uncomfortable, and I’m happy because Finnick actually sounds like the guy I met at the Quarter Quell.
“I’m only human, Odair.”
…Fulvia Cardew hustles over and makes a sound of frustration when she sees my clean face. “All that work, down the drain. I’m not blaming you, Katniss. It’s just that very few people are born with camera-ready faces. Like him.” She snags Gale, who’s in a conversation with Plutarch, and spins him toward us. “Isn’t he handsome?”
Gale does look striking in the uniform, I guess. But the question just embarrasses us both, given our history. I’m trying to think of a witty comeback, when Boggs says brusquely, “Well, don’t expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.” p. 79-82, US Hardcover edition.
Are we disappointed, yes most definitely. This is one of our favorite scenes from the series, BUT we can understand how it may have worked on the page for pacing and emotion, but may not have felt the same when it was shown on screen. As Sam says “It didn’t quite sit right,” and we’ll trust his take on things.
So, it appears as if our only hope of seeing this will be the DVD Deleted Scenes, since the way the scene was shot (hospital gown, etc) it most likely would not fit anywhere in Part 2. So our fingers are tightly crossed Francis Lawrence won’t keep this one locked up!