Once I first walked into the theater for an early screening of Adrift, a movie based mostly on the true story about a couple whose boat capsized during Hurricane Raymond in 1983, I knew the field of Kleenex in my bag will surely come in useful. However what I wasn’t prepared for? What a knockout efficiency Sam Claflin would give alongside Shailene Woodley.
In the event you’ve heard murmurs concerning the film right here and there, it is for good purpose. At its core, Adrift is a love story between two free spirits with some fairly intense The Good Storm undercurrents. (Learn: squirming-in-your-seat-level undercurrents.) After assembly and falling in love on the island of Tahiti, Richard and Tami (Woodley) embark on a four,000-mile boat journey to California – and if you cannot inform by the title, it would not go tremendous properly.
Though I used to be completely prepared for Woodley to make me weep, Claflin is a darkish horse for 2 causes: First, he arguably portrays essentially the most heartbreakingly good boyfriend on the planet, and two, properly, he is smoking sizzling.
So what is the lowdown on this man? Likelihood is you have seen this British actor in a film or two earlier than. Claflin performs Finnick Odair in The Starvation Video games franchise, and anybody who’s obsessive about Disney would possibly acknowledge him as William from Snow White and the Huntsman.
To not point out, Claflin’s versatility should not come as a shock to followers who watched him play Will Traynor, a rich younger banker who’s paralyzed in a devastating accident in Me Earlier than You (pictured beneath). If something, portraying Richard is one other shining instance of his skill to offer roles a deeper emotional context.
Whereas I admit I wasn’t too accustomed to Claflin earlier than trying out Adrift, one factor’s for positive: I related along with his magnetic character instantly. However depicting Richard did not come with out its challenges, particularly by way of making ready for the position.
“One of many hardest challenges of this was the coaching [combined with] little or no consuming,” he stated in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “However added on that, we have been in a position to exit within the ocean and apply on actual yachts, with actual sailors. If you’re doing that with little or no meals in your tummy and a good few coffees to offer you a little bit of vitality? I used to be seasick a couple of instances to say the very least, however as soon as I obtained my sea legs and obtained used to it, it was all OK.”
He additionally famous the extra hurdles that include taking part in an actual individual, in comparison with a fictional character.
“After studying the script I rapidly learn up on it and did as a lot as analysis as I might. Realizing particularly that I used to be then going to be part of it, I attempted to come back to phrases with the unbelievable instincts that kick in if you’re at that time.”