Saturday Morning Man: Sam Claflin!
He is known for portraying Philip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games (film series) (2013–2015), Alex Stewart in Love, Rosie (2014), Will Traynor in Me Before You (2016), and Oswald Mosley in the Peaky Blinders television series (2019). I grew smitten with Sam when I saw him in the 2017 film My Cousin Rachel.
He’s so talented and so handsome. He also has a very nice body but it turns out he has insecurities about that as much as the rest of us!
“I remember doing one job when they literally made me pull my shirt up and were grabbing my fat and going ‘you need to lose a bit of weight,’” Claflin told The Sydney Morning Herald a few years ago. “This other time they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.”
Clafin admitted that he experiences anxiety whenever he has to undress for a job.
“I’m not saying it’s anywhere near as bad as what women go through but I, as an actor approaching each job, am insecure — especially when I have to take my top off in it — and so nervous,” he said. “I get really worked up to the point where I spend hours and hours in the gym and not eating for weeks to achieve what I think they’re going for.”
He believes actors are held to a different standard these days.
“In the ’50s and ’60s, it was never an issue,” he says. “James Bond never had a six pack. He had a hairy chest. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire had an incredible body but he was by no means ripped to within an inch of his life. There’s a filter on society that this is normal, but actually it’s anything but normal.”