Is Sam Claflin the new Hugh Grant?
Once every generation, a slender, floppy-haired Brit rises to become a top Hollywood star. Does Sam Claflin have what it takes to become the Hugh Grant (photo) of the millennials? Let's find out, guys.
Is he as pretty as a girl?
Like Hugh Grant, Claflin has the fine, delicate features of a prepubescent female. With his tousled hair, short nose, wide-set eyes, sculpted chin, sweet dimples and toothy smile, he would make a lovely daughter for some lucky family.
Is he super British?
Grant was born in Hammersmith, England, and his ancestors were a bunch of fancy-pants warriors and aristocrats. Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, and he claims that his family are from "the bottom of the ladder", though his father is an accountant. Claflin aspired to be a football player as a lad.
Did he go to a fancy school?
Grant won a scholarship to Oxford, where he joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society. Claflin attended the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art, graduating in 2009.
Did he marry a super-hot Brit actress?
Grant, currently single, was once attached to the mighty Elizabeth Hurley (Bedazzled). Claflin got hitched to British actress Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons) last year.
Does he look good in old-timey clothes?
Some of Grant's best roles were in period movies such as Sense And Sensibility, Impromptu and Rowing With The Wind.
Claflin has also excelled in roles requiring poofy shirts, such as Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White And The Huntsman and the TV show The Pillars Of The Earth.
Is he funny?
Grant found his true calling in comedies such as Music And Lyrics, Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill. As for Claflin, we're only starting to see his lighter side in Love, Rosie, though he does a pretty good job! Perhaps he'll be hilarious in The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1
Claflin is definitely the new Hugh Grant. Probably.
- Jason Johnson