Charlie Hunnam prefers playing the bad guy, or at least that’s what he told Yareah Magazine earlier this week.
Known for his role as Jackson “Jax” Teller, Charlie Hunnam told the magazine he’d rather play the bad guy role in movies.
“It’s generally more fun playing the villain. I was playing pretty boys and these angelic roles like Nicholas Nickleby [the lead character of the self-titled 2002 movie] and all that stuff. And I was like, ‘What am I doing? This isn’t who I am, as a man or an artist.’ I had to overcome people’s belief that I was too pretty to be a badass.”
He wasn’t kidding. When asked to pick his favorite episode of Sons of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam picked the one where co-star Ryan Hurst, better known to Sons of Anarchy viewers as the affable Opie and Jax’s best friend, was murdered. While it wasn’t for that reason – Hunnam had the flu and thought he did a terrible job acting until he watched it afterwards – he clearly enjoyed watching the good versus evil play out in a script.
While he may like playing bad guys, Charlie Hunnam should be a fan favorite in his upcoming movies. Set to be released this year, Hunnam will be playing Dr. Alan McMichael in Crimson Peak. And movies slated for 2016 include lead roles in The Lost City of Z (Col. Percival Fawcett) and Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (King Arthur).
One upcoming movie Charlie Hunnam may not be starring in is the Sons of Anarchy prequel. Hunnam told a writer for Realty Today that he was not sure how much of a role he would have because the story is set before Hunnam’s character was born. Other sources such as Movie News Guide, however, say otherwise and are convinced that Charlie Hunnam will be back to play Jax Teller in the Sons of Anarchyprequel.
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Charlie Hunnam isn’t the only beloved actor who moviegoers may see flip from good to bad in the future. Pacific Rim actor Charlie Day was in discussion with the movie’s director about playing the bad guy in a sequel, reported Cinema Blend.
“I remember when I first met with him that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film.”
Now, Day – who played alongside Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim – said director Guillermo del Toro might decide against that.
“I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don’t think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea.”
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