Known as a brooding bada** in hit motorcycle gang drama Sons of Anarchy, monster fighter in Pacific Rim, and former boxer and prison inmate in Deadfall – British actor Charlie Hunnam has mastered the art of acting macho, but his latest role in period thriller Crimson Peak couldn’t be further from what he’s used to.
“It’s really different,” he recently told Nuke the Fridge. “It’s kind of a very sweet, shy, quiet, dorky dude who doesn’t get the girl.”
The plot follows young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. Hunnam plays Dr. Alan McMichael in a secondary role.
Scheduling for the film was pretty tight as he was also filming the final season of Sons of Anarchy at the time, which limited his look somewhat. “It always has to be a little bit of a compromise. I was coming directly back to Sons, but clean shaven and I kind of coifed my hair 1900s style,” he explained.
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It was the stress of scheduling claims Hunnam that caused him to drop his lead role in Fifty Shade of Grey.
“I was going to finish ‘Sons’ at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for ‘Fifty,’ missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning,” Hunnam said. “And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting ‘Crimson Peak’ in Toronto. I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.”