Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam was last seen coasting on his signature motorcycle to his death in the finale of the popular series. As the tatted-up, charming President of the titular outlaw motorcycle club, Hunnam made a name for himself both as an actor and as one of the beautiful people. Although Hunnam had appeared in several high-profile projects during the course of the series (including 2013’s Pacific Rim), he hasn’t been seen much since the end of Sons of Anarchy—but that doesn’t mean he’s been idle.
No Christian Grey
One career move that surprised Hunnam’s fans was his rejection of the starring role in Fifty Shades of Grey, a surefire blockbuster he seemed the ideal physical specimen to play after his star turn on Sons of Anarchy. Although Hunnam has never publicly commented on his decision to turn down what could have been the role of a lifetime, as Design n Trend noted, his commitment to his craft might have had something to do with it.
“I put everything I had into [Sons of Anarchy]. I lived it as much as I could. I never got in a car the whole seven years. I was only on my bike and rolling around with a bunch of real bikers and occasionally acting like a maniac.”
Hunnam hasn’t suffered for his post-Sons of Anarchy decision, however, appearing in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak this year (alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain) with three more films in production: The Lost City of Z (with Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Miller), The Mountain Between Us, and as none other than King Arthur in Knights of the Roundtable (with Jude Law).
According to Youth Health Mag, Hunnam had to take his already-impressive body to new heights of ripped for his role in Knights, which isn’t so surprising when you consider it’s being directed by Guy Ritchie. Ironically, Hunnam blames his co-star in City of Z, Brad Pitt, for the hours he puts into the gym every day; the Sons of Anarchy star was quoted a few years ago saying that Pitt’s ripped appearance in Fight Club in 1999 set the bar for male physical perfection insanely high.
Hunnam is clearly unafraid to blaze his own path in Hollywood post-Sons of Anarchy and made comments to this extend as reported in Design n Trend regarding his unexpected role in Crimson Peak.
“I really just did it because I love Guillermo and wanted to work with him again. People were like, ‘What the f— are you doing?’ but I’m doing exactly what I damn well please. That’s my answer.”
— Charlie Hunnam Fans (@CHunnamORG) May 18, 2015
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