Charlie Hunnam, who is known for his role as Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, is already moving on to other projects after the conclusion of the hit biker drama, including an upcoming appearance in the film Crimson Peak.
Hunnam, who is also set to play King Arthur in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, spends a good amount of time getting into the characters he plays. The actor recently sat down with Details and revealed just how in depth he got when playing Jax.
“I pretty much wore nothing but plaid shirts for the last seven years, and then as soon as I finished, I just felt compelled [to] have a massive spring cleaning,” Hunnam stated. “I just went through and got rid of everything. I put everything I had into that show. 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.”
Wearing plaid shirts and riding around on a bike wasn’t the only aspect of Jax’s life that Charlie Hunnam lived. In a special feature interview, released by ET Online, Hunnam explained how he almost got one of Jax’s tattoos in real life.
“At the early part of the show, I actually thought maybe I would have it tattooed on me. Thankfully my girlfriend convinced me that would not be a good idea. I love the image of it and would happily have it on my arm, but it’s just a pain in the a** getting tattoos covered for work.”
Hunnam’s plan was for the tattoo to be a tombstone surrounded with a memorial. The design was actually inspired by a real life encounter with a famous biker who had a similar tattoo.
“I wanted to have some kind of memorial to [his] father, John Teller, because in the show that character – although you never get to meet him – is a huge, important character on the show and a huge part of Jax’s life and journey,” Hunnam stated.
Because he was so involved in his role as Jax, saying goodbye after the series wrapped wasn’t easy for the Hollywood hunk.
“As stupid as it sounds, it really felt like a genuine bereavement, because he was this guy that I loved and hung out with constantly for seven years.”
Although Sons of Anarchy may be over, fans can still see plenty of Charlie Hunnam as he moves on to the big screen in Crimson Peak.
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