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Sam Claflin, the latest addition to Captain Jack Sparrow's crew, is running me through his daily routine while filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Hawaii. 'I had my top off, sprinting down the beach, sweating buckets. When you wake up every morning with the sound of the ocean in your ears, you want to get up, get out and go for a run.'

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Rising star Sam Claflin talks about his upcoming role as Prince Charming himself in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’

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British actor Sam Claflin is quickly becoming one-to-watch in Hollywood. After completing his acting training at LAMDA, and doing a few roles on television and one smaller film, Claflin managed to land a coveted part in one of the most well-known franchises today, Pirates of the Caribbean. We had the chance to speak with the actor about his character Philip (the missionary lost in a sea of ruthless pirates) in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at the Los Angeles press day for the film. Stay tuned for our coverage from the event.

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Some moviegoers are swooning when they see the new hunk of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dramatically take off his shirt onscreen.

But what they might not know is that Sam Claflin, 24, who plays a studly missionary in the film, had no idea the topless scene was coming whatsoever.

"In the initial script, there was no mention of me taking my shirt off," says the affable Claflin. "I'm very insecure about my body."

He laughs and says, "On Day 1, (director) Rob Marshall and (producer) Jerry Bruckheimer just mention 'by the way, you're going to take your top off in this scene.' They were no inkling before. It was a nightmare. All this in front of Penelope Cruz and all these women and guys on set. I was like, 'oh my God, they are going to think I'm fat.'"

Far from it. Further, the pub-loving Claflin ("I'm not going to lie, I do enjoy a good drink or two," he says) had been working out like crazy with a personal trainer for three weeks before filming started. He went from pub-goer to six-pack abs pretty quickly.

"This is my first Hollywood film, so I wanted to look decent, even before any mention of topless," he says with a laugh. "I wasn't eating anything and running on the beach doing press ups every day. But that scene was still a nightmare, and very daunting," he says.

The results speak for themselves onscreen, but Claflin insists he still hasn't watched the scene fully. "I look at it between my fingers," he says. "I still look at it and feel it's not perfect. I think I have a problem."

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Sam Claflin talks about his role in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’, working with Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush and ‘you know…being a man.’

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When Sam Claflin got a call from his agent saying that he had an audition for the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, his initial response was “What’s the point? It’s never going to happen, it’s impossible.” The actor was both shocked and deeply gratified when he in fact found himself flying to Los Angeles to meet director Rob Marshall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer just two days later. Claflin ultimately won the role of Philip, the missionary who falls for a mermaid, in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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22 May 2020 @ 09:27 pm
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