It's the great actress Marie Dressler who's credited with the quote "You're only as good as your last picture," and it is that quote springs to mind when I think of Sam Claflin today - I had basically given up on him after the miscasting debacle that was Finnick in the Hunger Games films, but then the last thing I saw him in was Their Finest, Lone Scherfig's tremendously lovely and old-fashioned WWII movie (easily the best of the Dunkirk Triad that came out last year) - have you guys seen it? - and now I suddenly care enough to pay attention again? (His shirtless scenes in My Cousin Rachel didn't hurt either.)
Which is good because his next movie out this year might be The Nightingale, director Jennifer Kent's long-awaited follow-up to The Babadook. (Follow-up as in second movie, not a sequel, alas!) Okay okay I would have cared about this film no matter how crappy Claflin's career was going, it's true. But it's good to think maybe! Anyway after that Sam has a few things lined up, like that boating movie with Shaileene Woodley called Adrift...
... which just got a trailer last week which you can watch right here. We previously took notice of his shirtless Instagram moments on the set of that. And just today he just lined up a crime-thriller called The Corrupted that's got a pretty fine cast.
Anyway that's all preamble to the fact that I just noticed a big pile of over forty Sam Claflin pictures sitting in a folder on my computer that I haven't gotten around to posting before (although if you look through our archives there is plenty to be had from several years back, before that Hunger Games mess) so let's go ahead and post 'em after the jump...