It's my favorite show on television, and I think, one of the best ever along side The Sopranos and The Shield; I'm talking about Sons of Anarchy. The show could be described as Hamlet meets The Hells Angels.
The star of Sons is Charlie Hunnam, who has recently played in Guillermo Del Toro's film, Pacific Rim and has been cast in the film adaptation of the book Fifty Shades of Grey.
Hunnan was recently interviewed by GQ magazine's Oliver Franklin, and he had some interesting things to say about the acting business on his level.
You're currently filming the sixth series of Sons Of Anarchy?
We're currently filming season six of Sons. Historically the American contracts are seven years, and so the guys and I are all signed up for seven years. But it's been a wonderful creative experience for me, so I always said to [series creator] Kurt [Sutter] that if he needed time to like see this through to its natural conclusion, then I'd more than happily give him the extra time.
What was it like working with Idris Elba on Pacific Rim? You're both Brits who are known for big American TV shows.
Stringer Bell vs Jax Teller! It was exciting. I must confess, I circled around The Wire for a long time but I've never really seen it. I have the whole thing on DVD, but I've just been waiting for a period of time where I can sit down and commit 60 hours to watch it. So I came in knowing who Idris was but not being that familiar with his work. He was a very formidable presence on the set and to go up against. We have a slightly contentious relationship in the movie, and tried out different versions of that, from the very contentious to us just being mildly irritated by each other. He likes to experiment with those dynamics off set a little bit, and to begin with I didn't fully understand what he was doing. I just felt this overwhelming desire to punch him in the face! [Laughs] I thought, "well, I can just use it in the work." But as I got to know him better, I saw he's actually a great guy - and he was just working out the dynamic for himself.
How did the film come about? At one point you were going to appear in Hell Boy 2, then it never happened.
I'd met with Guillermo for Hell Boy 2, and spent some time with him, done a prosthetics test, and then an audition. He decided I wasn't quite right for that role [of lead villain Prince Nuada] but he expressed an interest with working with me at some point in the future. So I went about my way, hoping that would come about. Guillermo would give Ron [Perlman] - who has a longstanding collaboration with Guillermo - the odd message to send me when he was watching Sons Of Anarchy saying "I think you're doing great work." Then when Guillermo was going to make The Hobbit, I heard on the grapevine that he was going to offer me a role in that.Then whatever happened with The Hobbit happened, and he wasn't directing it any more. So I was like, "Oh, goddamn it!" I didn't know anything about Pacific Rim at all, when he just gave me a call and told me to come up to his office and talk about it. We talked for about an hour and a half about this world he wanted to create and the whole concept of it, but much more importantly about the human story at the centre of it.
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