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Sam Claflin talks about playing a quadriplegic in new film

When Sam Claflin signed up to play a quadriplegic in his latest film Me Before You, he didn’t realise how much it would open his eyes to the struggles faced by disabled people.

The Hunger Games actor – who stars as a recently-paralysed man cared for by a small-town girl, played by Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke – initially thought the physical side of the role would hardly be a challenge.

Sam admitted: “I thought, ‘Do you know what, this is going to be so easy. I’ll be sat down.’ But the truth is, the hardships of being in a wheelchair, day in, day out are really starting to affect me.”

He revealed that he now notices uneven surfaces and “bobbles in the road” which would be a struggle for those in wheelchairs.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides actor consulted with wheelchair-bound disabled people as part of his research for the role.

He explained: “We had the opportunity, and were fortunate enough, to meet and talk to a lot of people who were in wheelchairs and talk through their experiences. You realise life is short and we’re very lucky.

“So many of them are so inspirational and so many of their stories are inspirational.”

Sam also spoke of his disappointment at not getting the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Rogue One, admitting: “I can’t deny I auditioned, and they decided to go a different way.”

After rumours spread in April, “all of a sudden my phone was just ringing constantly for two days, people saying ‘oh my God you’re going to be Luke Skywalker!’ And I wasn’t Luke Skywalker.”

He added: “I’m a huge fan of the franchise and I wish them the best of luck. I hope my path and their path crosses at some stage.”

Me Before You will be released in June 2016.

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Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2016

Sam attended the Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 yesterday in London, England. I have added high quality photos from the arrivals and front row to the gallery! Thanks to Kaci for some of the photos!

“Me Before You” Filming in Mallorca on June 10 & June 12
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“Me Before You” Filming in Mallorca on June 10 & June 12

Sam and Emilia Clarke were seen filming more scenes for “Me Before You” in Mallorca, Spain at the Son Sant Joan Airport on June 10th and on a beach on June 12th. Thanks to Nicole at Adoring Emilia Clarke we have added high quality photos to the gallery!

Glamour Women Of The Year Awards
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Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

Sam attended the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards to present the award for “Next Breakthrough” to his Love, Rosie co-star, Suki Waterhouse. I have added high quality photos from the awards and after party to the gallery!

First Production Still from “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 2”
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First Production Still from “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 2”

Jennifer Lawrence posted on her facebook the first production still from “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 2. You can check out the still in our gallery! She also posted the still with the caption:

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