I’ve seen Sam Claflin in person a couple of times, and he’s always struck me as a genuinely nice man. Now he’s gone up even further in my estimation by suggesting he wouldn’t mind getting steamy on screen with the Hemsworth brothers.
Talking to Pridesource while promoting his new movie, My Cousin Rachel, the 30-year-old British actor was asked about the strange world of fan fiction, particularly the stories about himself and his Hunger Games co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. He replied, “Fan fiction is one of those things I wish I knew more about. Someone was telling me that Fifty Shades of Grey was based on Twilight fan fiction. I didn’t realize there was an underworld with these kind of amazingly imaginative ideas. I had no idea!
“But I love Liam as much as I love – in fact, I love Chris Hemsworth. I love the entire Hemsworth family. I say we get all of us involved and we do a Fifty Shades of Grey. We can make it reality.”
While he’s probably joking – although if any movie bosses want to make it a reality, we’d be very supportive of that decision – he says he’d certainly be happy to play a gay role. Claflin says, “I actually got offered the role of a gay man in a TV series! But I didn’t think it was well enough written. I have auditioned for gay parts and not got them and desperately wanted them. It’s nothing I’m shying away from. It’s something I fully embrace. And, actually, I have done it in plays during drama school, but it just hasn’t worked yet for me. But I’d jump at the chance.”
He’s also a big proponent of equality, adding, “It does really upset me that people aren’t open-minded. People are still hung up on such a traditional old-world life, and people should be allowed to love who they want and be who they want and speak what they want and believe in what they want. I think it’s a shame that people are so narrow-minded that they believe their way is the only way. It’s sickening, in all honesty.”
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, he’s off the market, as he’s married to Da Vinci’s Demons and Guardians of the Galaxy actress, Laura Haddock.