Charlie Hunnam played the leading role of Raleigh Becket in Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film Pacific Rim. According to Indie Wire, Charlie Hunnam will not be returning for the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel.
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Hunnam’s character, Raleigh, was a soldier who was pulled out of retirement to team up with a young rookie for a final attempt to defeat the Kaiju, a race of colossal alien monsters from an interdimensional realm that are at war with Earth. Hunnam recently spoke on the sequel and revealed that, although he was involved in a very early version of the sequel, he eventually chose to opt out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and what he referred to as “creative differences.”
Charlie Hunnam spoke on the reason he will not be appearing in the Pacific Rim sequel.
“They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the politics and business surrounding filmmaking. Sometimes non-creative decisions will dictate how something unfolds.”
In Charlie Hunnam’s opinion, letting non-creative decisions dictate how a creative endeavor like a film unfolds is “backward.”
In other news, Charlie Hunnam’s fans were delighted to see the Sons of Anarchy actor at Comic-Con promoting his upcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, according to E! Online.
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Comic-Con was the perfect opportunity for Hunnam to speak on all the other work he has done in his career so far. He revealed that he is not entirely comfortable with having a sculpted figure, explaining that he is a naturally slim person and never intended to be beefy, and only bulked up to play the role of Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy.
Charlie Hunnam also spoke on the role that got away: 50 Shades of Grey. He revealed that he initially accepted the role but had to pull out because he had too many commitments and had taken on too much at the time. He went on to say that the whole experience had been a traumatic one for him, particularly dealing with the press coverage that followed his decision to pull out of the role, calling it the “worst professional experience” of his life.
“There were all sorts of like reports of me having a nervous breakdown or like getting terrified of the sexuality of it. It really wasn’t any of that. I just had like five movies to do… and less time than I could do them all.”
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Fans were equally delighted when the Crimson Peak star unintentionally confirmed that football superstar David Beckham will be appearing in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film.
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While speaking about the film, Charlie Hunnam said that he enjoyed working with King Arthur director Guy Ritchie and they even became good friends, spending time working out together and having pull-up competitions and other “boy stuff.”
“Just boys being boys just messing around.”
Noting that working with the director was a “dream come true,” Charlie Hunnam said that he has never had such a good time working with another director before and that he thought of him as a “big brother” who he genuinely enjoying spending time with.
“I just genuinely loved spending time with him and to go and work with him all day every day for six months was just a blast.”
While unemployment might be the last enjoyable experience for the average adult, especially one desiring to make it big in show business, Charlie Hunnam took the opportunity to relax and enjoy himself when he finally had some time off past year. Being incredibly busy for the past eight years, often with several projects underway at any one time, Hunnam had been craving some time for himself to enjoy. When he had some time off from work this past year, he bought a new house and spent a lot of time with his girlfriend. But the time wasn’t all devoted to leisure, as the Crimson Peak actor took the opportunity to work on his skills as a producer.
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