Charlie Hunnam is the very popular, handsome actor who portrays Jackson “Jax” Teller on FX’s hit drama “Sons of Anarchy.” On Nov. 16, Charlie made an appearance at the Dusk night club at Caesars Atlantic City. Although surrounded by adoring fans, he was able to take a few moments out to talk to rootshed.com.
Charlie is the star of a new movie, “Pacific Rim,” directed by Guillermo Del Toro. When I asked him why he chose “Pacific Rim” out of the many scripts he’s offered, his answer didn’t surprise me. “I wanted to work with Guillermo Del Toro.”
Charlie has wanted to work with the famous director, producer and writer for some time. In fact, he told me that Del Toro wanted him for the part of Prince Nuada in “Hellboy II.” The audition went well, but when they did a prosthetics mock-up, Charlie and the prosthetics did not produce the image Del Toro had of the character so the role went to Luke Goss. When Del Toro was set to direct “Pacific Rim,” he knew Charlie was the only choice for lead character Raleigh Antrobus.
“Pacific Rim” is a science fiction/fantasy film about robots piloted by humans who face an attack of hostile aliens, the likes of which have never been seen before. There is also a back story with Charlie’s character. Is Charlie a sci-fi fan? He said like most people of his generation (he’s 32), he grew up on “Star Wars.”
He is very excited about the new movie, which has just wrapped up filming. “Pacific Rim” also stars Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman. It’ll be in theaters on July 4, 2013. Incidentally, Perlman starred in “Hellboy II,” as well as playing Charlie’s rival in “Sons of Anarchy.” They seem destined to be together.
I tried to get a small spoiler out of him from “Pacific Rim.” He said he was sorry, but he couldn’t give me one as they haven’t done any public relations work yet and he wasn’t quite sure what he should give away. We’ll just have to wait.
We had to talk a little bit about “Sons of Anarchy.” When I told him I was really upset they killed off Opie, he quickly shot back, “Me, too!” He said it was like losing his best friend as Charlie and Ryan Hurst (the actor who played Harry “Opie” Winston) rode their bikes to work together every day for the entire run of the show, now in its fifth season.
We touched a bit on the character of Jax. I tried, once again, to get a spoiler and asked him if Jax was going to take out Juice (played by actor Theo Rossi). He laughed and said that he feels Clay (Ron Perlman’s character) will go first. Was that inside info? “No, just speaking as a fan of the show.”
Our time was quickly coming to an end so I asked him if he could tell me one thing very few people know about Charlie, not Jax. He said probably that there is absolutely nothing about Charlie that is anything like Jax. He said that while Jax is a really fun character to play, their lives are totally different. As to Charlie, he said, “I’m such a homebody.”
The crowd was surging around us so we said our good-byes. I told him I’d be watching “Sons of Anarchy” to see how it develops and that I was definitely going to be in the theater next July 4 to watch him in “Pacific Rim.” He told me to be sure and promote it for him. He then moved on to the next journalist in the crowd and eventually disappeared into the throng of adoring female fans waiting for him to go into Dusk and party.
I wish I could’ve had more time with him. Charlie Hunnam may play a violent gang member on TV, but he is anything but. Even though surrounded by legions of screaming fans dying to get close to him, he was the soul of gentlemanliness, polite, well-spoken and very willing to talk. He left me wanting more. . . much more.