Charlie Hunnam initially rejected role in Papillon

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 September 2017
Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

British actor Charlie Hunnam has revealed he initially rejected the chance to star in 'Papillon'

Charlie Hunnam initially rejected the chance to star in 'Papillon'.

The 37-year-old actor appears in the new biographical film based on the autobiography of the French convict Henri Charriere, but Charlie has admitted he was apprehensive about appearing in a remake of the 1973 movie of the same name, which starred screen icon Steve McQueen.

He explained: "So, the first time I heard about this, I was really intrigued. It was an incoming call, they said, '[director] Michael Noer is in town...' They tried to tell me who he was and I said, 'Listen, I know who he is, I've been a big, big fan for a long time - you're preaching to the choir.'

"I shared what I'm sensing is a prejudice against the basic idea of remaking a classic, beloved film. And initially, I had that reaction myself. So I said, 'No, I don't want to engage in this.' As much as I adored Michael, I just decided it wasn't for me."

But Charlie subsequently performed a U-turn on the movie, deciding it was a project he couldn't miss out on.

In particular, the British actor was desperate to work with the movie's director, who he'd admired for so long.

He told Collider: "They offered it to another actor, who I really respect and admire - I think he makes wonderful choices. And then I had that moment of like, 'Oh man, I've really mucked up here.' That stayed with me for a bit and it really tortured me.

"Then I watched Michael's other films twice back-to-back and thought I really had made a mistake."

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