Charlie Hunnam's panicked preparation

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 March 2017
Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam was "filled with panic" ahead of his role in 'The Lost City of Z' as he only had 10 days to prepare for it

Charlie Hunnam only had 10 days to prepare for 'The Lost City of Z'.

The 36-year-old actor had just wrapped on 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' - in which he plays the titular character - and was "filled with panic" as he rushed to get into his 'Lost City of Z' character.

He said: "King Arthur was incredibly demanding: I was in almost every scene and shooting long hours. By the time we finished shooting, I only had ten days before I started shooting this ['The Lost City of Z']. I was filled with panic. I used every second of that time to try and transform myself psychologically and physically because I was muscle bound and in action hero mode.

"I went through this very rapid process of losing weight [approximately 60lbs in nine weeks]. I wanted to fill myself up with [Percy] Fawcett, I had been slowly and quietly researching. One of the things he admired most as a human characteristic was authenticity, and so it was important for me to put a level of myself into playing him, as much as honouring who I thought he was. I fell in love with Fawcett and felt a responsibility to do him justice."

And Hunnam admits there was a "real distance" between himself and his co-star Robert Pattinson and he was initially worried if he liked him or not.

He added to "I had a couple of rehearsal sessions with Sienna [Miller], but I didn't spend any time with Tom [Holland] or Robert [Pattinson]. I wanted these relationships to evolve naturally on screen. Through the work, I don't think I said more than ten words to Robert off camera.

"I didn't know if he was just 'in that zone' or if he genuinely didn't like me. There was a real distance between us. But it creates the right dynamic on screen. He's reached out to me subsequently, making overtures for us to be friends now, so I think it was about the work."

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