Charlie Hunnam has been gearing up for another ride this summer, but it's going to look a little different. Instead of Jax Teller's infamous Dyna Super Glide, the actor will be charging in on horseback for King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.
Not matter how different any of Hunnam's new roles may be, a part of him is still attached to Sons Of Anarchy. The actor fused himself with Jax for eight years, and that's a difficult bond to separate.
While promoting King Arthur at CinemaCon, we had a chance to speak with Hunnam about these different roles. The actor revealed just how profound of an effect Jax has had on the rest of his career, and how the character continues to influence his work.
"I've never had an experience of getting so close and so deeply meshed with a character before. I felt when i finished sons that it was a real process to get back to center, and try to exorcise him out of my psyche for as much as possible. Because I'd been living with him for eight years you know, trying to bring him to life.
"I started this movie maybe three months after I finished Sons so I'm sure there's flavors of him in there. It certainly wasn't intentional though. You want every character you play to be as original unique and fresh as possible, so you wanna try and forget everything you've known. But that was also my education, on Sons. It was like going to an Ivy League school because we did so much work so quickly.
"You know Kurt [Sutter]'s writing, he doesn't shy away from high drama so we swing for the fences in almost every scene. So we're filming four or five massive scenes every day on that show, and after eight years of that I felt like I graduated. But because my education came from that show, I'm sure I bring a lot of that into everything I do."
Be sure to check out Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, in theaters this May.
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is directed by Guy Ritchie, from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, based on a story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is produced by Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Steve Clark-Hall, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram and executive produced by David Dobkin and Bruce Berman.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, with Jude Law and Eric Bana.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens in theaters May 12, 2017