'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 preview: Hollywood sweetheart Sam Claflin to enter world of blood and violence
Sam Claflin plays mostly lovable boy next door but now the actor is about to venture on some strange tracks.
Sam Claflin has had quite a peculiar reputation for the longest time. With his charming features, well-articulated verses, and roles which have typecaste him as the British Prince, the actor is tired of being the chocolate boy of Hollywood.
Fortunately, his frustration with the kind of roles he is getting, is about to come to an end as he is set to join the star-studded cast of BBC One's 'Peaky Blinders'.
Created by Steven Knight, this periodical drama is about to enter its fifth season of street gangs, the jazzed-up-'20s, and of course, our beloved Shelby, and let's just say Claflin is about to have the ride of a lifetime with the show.
During an interview with Guardian, Claflin had reluctantly mentioned, "I hate being offered heart-throb after heart-throb. It is something that stresses me out about the industry that because you’ve done one part you can’t do any others – you want to say: ‘I act, you know. I can pretend.’" We surely have no doubt about Claflin's acting capabilities, after the actor almost stole the screen in his debut role as Richard from the 2010 mini-series, 'The Pillars of the Earth', and also as young Logan Mountstuart in 'Any Human Heart' which was released in the same year. Let's just say, Claflin had it in him since the beginning.
After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2009, Claflin barely had to wait six months before he was offered the roles in the two mini-series. However, saving himself from being labeled in an industry which can easily typecast any actor, Claflin struggled to do away with roles which required him to be all charming and pretty. Even in a role as tiny as the one he had in 2011's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', where he played a very sensitive Phillip Swift, Claflin, in the end, had to be that missionary who falls in love with a mermaid.
Although the role did get him nominated for the 17th Empire Awards for "Best Male Newcomer", Claflin was far from the snares of romantic plots. Even films like 'Love, Rosie' and 'Me Before You' barely saw him do anything else but be smitten in love with completely awkward girls.
While not all the roles required him to be the suited lover with a bunch of roses, romantic angles seemed to have become a definite feature of the characters he portrayed. His role in the darker fantastic adaptation of Grimm Brother's classic fairytale, 'Snow White', was no different. In Evan Daugherty's adaptation, he played the worn out but as always charming love interest of a rather drab Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart. Claflin had to play the similar amiable character but only this time, he is a king in some ancient land. The actor's desire to break away from typecast roles finally saw some advancement when on 22 August 2012, Lionsgate announced that Claflin would be cast as Finnick Odair in 'The Hunger Games' film series, starting with 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.
Director Francis Lawrence was particularly pleased with Claflin's role who managed to pull off quite an interesting performance with his role as Finnick. Lawrence had told MTV, "Finnick's an interesting character. At first, he feels like a bit of a flirt and there's a little bit of sexual tension, but really you kind of fall in love with the guy and you see that there's a real deep emotional side to him. It's one of the reasons I really hired him in the first place was that it's where his character goes in the next couple of stories and I just think he did a fantastic job."
That kind of sums up the aura of the actor, who in the first place never wanted to be a performer but a footballer.
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Claflin reprised the role in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1', released in November 2014, and Part 2, released in November 2015. Looks like Claflin is about to take a different road now on, and luckily this actor is about to join the extremely talented performers in 'Peaky Blinders' Season 5, which is set to release this year in Spring.
While nothing is yet known about the role that the actor is set to play, let's just assume Claflin will throw away all his goodie-dear vibe and emerge as a sly and authoritative gangster. Season 5 is set to see the Billy Boys enter Birmingham to pose a challenge for Thomas Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy), so could that mean Claflin will impersonate their indomitable leader, Billy Fullerton? We will find out only when the series releases.