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.
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!
Public Appearances > 2015 > JUN 15: Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 (Arrivals)
Public Appearances > 2015 > JUN 15: Burberry Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 (Front Row & Show)
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!
Sam was seen at at Formentor beach in Mallorca, Spain with co-star, Emilia Clarke filming for “Me Before You,” yesterday, June 9th. Check out the on set photos in the gallery!
Film Productions > Me Before You (2016) > On Set > June 9, 2015 (Mallorca, Spain)
The first trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” has been released! You can watch it below! The film will be in theaters on November 20th.
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!
Public Appearances > 2015 > JUN 02: Glamour Women Of The Year Awards (Arrivals)
Public Appearances > 2015 > JUN 02: Glamour Women Of The Year Awards (Winners)
Public Appearances > 2015 > JUN 02: Glamour Women Of The Year Awards (After Party)
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:
6.9.15 #MockingjayPart2 #Unite
Film Productions > The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) > Production Stills
Sam attended Day 1 of the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park today, May 30th in London, England. I’ve added three high quality photos from the event to the gallery!
Public Appearances > 2015 > MAY 30: Audi Polo Challenge – Day 1
Warner Bros. and MGM have set a June 3, 2016, release date for the drama “Me Before You,” starring “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke and “Hunger Games” actor Sam Claflin.
Thea Sharrock is directing from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, based on the Jojo Moyes novel about a woman in a small town who forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man.
Clarke will next be seen in “Terminator: Genisys” playing Sarah Connor. Claflin stars in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.”
“Me Before You” is the second title slated for release on that date, joining Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.”
Chris Hemsworth stars in Universal’s spinoff alongside Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain
Sam Claflin, who played Snow White’s love interest William in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” will return for Universal’s sequel “The Huntsman,” which focuses on Chris Hemsworth’s titular character, TheWrap has learned.
Claflin will reprise his role as William, Snow White’s childhood best friend whose tender kiss broke the spell in the first film. He’ll appear in a small supporting role, and despite his casting, Kristen Stewart is not expected to appear in “The Huntsman.”
Charlize Theron is returning as Queen Ravenna, and she’ll be joined by new additions Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt as the film’s villain. Nick Frost also returns as one of the dwarves alongside British actors Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith.
The sequel expands the universe established in the first film to reveal how the fates of Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron) intersected before they met Snow White (Stewart).
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct from a script by Frank Darabont, who strengthened earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Joe Roth returns to produce, while Palak Patel will executive produce.
Studio executives Maradith Frenkel and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal, which will release the film on April 22, 2016.
Claflin is also known for playing Finnick Odair in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and Philip in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” He recently auditioned for “Star Wars: Rogue One” and signed on to star in a biopic of soccer legend Robin Friday. He’s represented by CAA and Independent Talent Group.