A Minute With: Sam Claflin on horror, heroes and 'Hunger Games'

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sam Claflin has fought pirates, fallen in love with Snow White and participated in a "Hunger Games" battle-to-the-death, but in his latest film, the British actor takes on the frightening consequences of the supernatural.

"The Quiet Ones," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, sees Claflin play Brian, a cameraman hired to document "the experiment," where an Oxford professor tries to make a young girl manifest a supernatural being that haunts her.

The role is the latest for the rising actor, who made his debut in 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," starred opposite Kristen Stewart in 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman," and plays the charming fisherman Finnick Odair in "The Hunger Games" film franchise.

Claflin, 27, spoke to Reuters about acting in a horror film, being intimidated by "The Hunger Games" and dealing with fan negativity.

Q: Doing a horror movie, did it make you more curious about the supernatural or did it help debunk a lot of those mysteries?

A: The horror movies that really connect with me are the ones where you never see the monster, you never see or quite understand what it is that they're chasing. This (film) is a prime example of that - you never see what Evey is, it's a power or a force you can't explain, not too dissimilar to the "Paranormal Activity" (films) and "The Blair Witch Project." There's something about your imagination able to run free that really is quite dangerous because you conjure up such horrible things, and you can't even quite put it on paper.

Q: Did you draw any parallels between yourself and Brian?

A: There were definitely parallels between me and Brian; he's a non-believer, he's a skeptic but he's curious, which is why he's more than happy to get involved in the project. I think ... someone said "come and explore this haunted house with me," I'd like to think I'd say "of course" ...   Continued...

 
British actor Sam Claflin poses for a portrait while promoting his upcoming movie "The Quiet Ones" at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni