It may have taken a little time, but production for Pacific Rim 2 is about the get underway this coming fall, again starring Charlie Hunnam, Legendary has decided to fund the sequel following the success of Pacific Rim, which managed to pull down over $400 million in the box office. While fans hope the second film, which will see the return of director Guillermo del Toro as well as Hollywood hunk, Hunnam, will be another hit, Hunnam wasn’t completely thrilled about how the first one turned out.
While Hunnam is currently filming for his upcoming role as King Arthur in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, the actor sat down with Entertainment Weekly and discussed his feelings on Pacific Rim.
For starters, Charlie Hunnam explained how he was little disappointed with how large the role that the special effects and monsters played in the film, and how they dominated the storyline of the characters.
“I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling,” Hunnam sated. “When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle than storytelling.”
He added that, as an actor, it is easy to get lost when characters take a back seat to other elements in a movie. “Then all of the sudden, you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you.”
With the sequel set to begin production sometime this fall, Hunnam expressed his hope that Pacific Rim 2 would focus a little more on the characters instead of the robots and monsters. “I hope that we are able to remedy that a little bit going into the second,” he revealed in the interview.
Despite his disappointment with the first film, Hunnam added that he was not entirely let down by the end product.
“Not to say I wasn’t proud of the film. I really liked it, and I felt like it delivered exactly what it was supposed to,” the Sons of Anarchy star stated. “But I do feel like we could have maybe plumbed the depths of the character and the storytelling a little bit more.”
Catch Charlie Hunnam in Crimson Peak this October, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur in the summer of 2016 and Pacific Rim 2 in 2017.
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