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Charlie Hunnam Explains Why He Didn't Do 'Pacific Rim 2'

Charlie Hunnam explained why he decided not to do the second Pacific Rim movie after starring in the 2013 first movie.

In a new interview, he was asked if he was ever going to participate before Guillermo del Toro exited the project.

Charlie told Collider, “Yeah. A lot of time went by between us doing [the sequel]. Certainly, when Guillermo was talking about it, then yeah, definitely, I was a part of that conversation and I think that his vision for it included me. But by the time they circled around and decided that they were gonna make it with a different director, we had a conversation about it but I was booked up. There were business elements of it that required them to go into production very quickly.”

Charlie added, “Legendary had just been acquired by Wanda out of China, and they wanted that film made very quickly and I wasn’t available. That’s just what happens. I didn’t deeply lament it. I’d been working in long-form storytelling for a while and we’d already done one Pacific Rim, so I felt like, “Go with God. Go do your thing.” I actually haven’t seen the sequel, so I didn’t ever give myself an opportunity to really think about whether I regret that decision or not.”

Charlie also revealed why he quit this hit film.

Charlie Hunnam Had COVID-19 This Year & Might Have It Again Now

Charlie Hunnam is opening up about his battle with COVID-19 earlier this year and how he’s currently sick with something that feels like the virus.

The 40-year-old actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday night (November 6) to promote his movie Jungleland and revealed that he’s currently under the weather.

“I’m not sure what I have,” Charlie said. “I have a little bit of a persistent fever, a dry cough, a little bit of fatigue, so… it could be COVID. I went and had a test earlier this week, a rapid test, and it came back negative. So I could just be unfairly jumping to conclusions. But it feels consistent.”

Charlie revealed that he contracted coronavirus earlier this year and it wasn’t as bad.

“I had it earlier this year, and it didn’t feel like this,” Charlie said. “It wasn’t particularly acute, I just lost my sense of taste and smell for about 10 days, and had a little bit of fatigue. This feels very, very different. This feels much more like flu.”

Charlie got sick “very early on” in the pandemic and people hadn’t known about the loss of taste and smell as a symptom yet. He said, “so that piece of this hadn’t really come to light as a symptom of mild COVID.”

Charlie says he’s surprised if he has the virus again as the only time he’s left the house in the last six months was for a vet visit with his new rescue kitten.

“Whether I just have a cold or flu or something, the only time I’ve ever been in any sort of contact with the outside world was taking her to the vet, and it turns out what she has is feline coronavirus,” he said.

Earlier this week, Charlie opened up about the rumors of him playing James Bond.

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Charlie Hunnam Reacts to the Idea of Playing James Bond

Could Charlie Hunnam take on the role of James Bond? He’s down!

The 40-year-old Jungleland actor addressed the possibility of playing the role one day in an interview with People.

When asked if he would ever take on the role, he said: “100 percent.”

“I would be so flattered and honored to be considered to play James Bond as an Englishman. But my intuition tells me that I shouldn’t be waiting for that phone call to come. I think there are many people ahead of me on that list,” he went on to say.

As for rumors that he could be next for the role, he described the talk as “external chatter.”

“It’s very flattering sort of fan dialogue. Nobody’s ever, on a professional level from within the industry, brought that up to me,” he went on to say.

“As much as people want to talk about me playing James Bond, please continue. Maybe that’s the genesis of these things. Maybe fan chatter leads to industry people actually talking about it in a more serious way,” he added.

He also said that if it wasn’t him, he could see Tom Hardy taking the role.
Hunnam tells PEOPLE Tom Hardy would make for a great spy.

“The person that I hear about in that conversation is Tom Hardy. I hear that he’s really the front runner [to play James Bond next]. I think that would be sensational. I’m an enormous Tom Hardy fan so I would love to see him as James Bond.”

Just Jared ran a poll to see which star readers would like to see play the character next – find out who won!

Charlie Hunnam Reveals Why He Quit 2008's 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'

Charlie Hunnam is finally revealing the reason why he turned down Russell Brand‘s role in 2008′s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a role that was written specifically for him.

“It’s funny, I’ll tell you a little story. Jason Segel wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall for he and I to do together, and he wrote that [Russell Brand] role [Aldous Snow] for me. I went and I did the table read and it was very successful. Judd [Apatow] was producing,” Charlie told Collider.

He continued, “I was in a dark night of the soul in my career, at that point, and felt as though I needed to seize the trajectory and that just wasn’t really aligning with, at that period of my life and career, what I wanted to be doing. Jason was one of my best friends, which is why he wrote the film for me, but I had to tell him, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m not gonna do this.’ It was one of those things where that wasn’t very well received by the inner circle of that production. I had to stand my ground and say, ‘Listen, it’s nothing personal. I’m just following my North star. I’m just in a weird spot and I’m trying to define for myself what the path forward is.’”

Charlie added, “It was one of those things where it was really difficult for me for the few months after that or a year after that, and then I saw this piece of stand-up. I didn’t know who Russell Brand was, but I saw this piece of stand-up that Russell Brand did on Christmas day with my mom. It was just this liberating moment where I said, ‘Obviously, that’s the dude who should have been playing that role. Clearly, I just needed to step out of the way of the universe manifesting itself, the way that it was supposed to.’ My relationship with Jason gave birth to that character, but there’s no way I could have done it justice the way Russell Brand did. I think there’s a rhythm to these things and you just have to really follow your instincts. It’s all you can really ever do. I suppose I brought that up because it’s a nice example of my instincts being proven to me that it was correct, I think. By the way, I’ve never told anyone that story before. I don’t know if that makes it attractive or not — but it’s a world exclusive.”

This is not the first time this has happened, either. Charlie actually exited another major movie after being cast in the leading role.

Charlie Hunnam & Jack O'Connell Star in Boxing Drama 'Jungleland' - Watch the Trailer!

Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell star in the upcoming Jungleland, and the first trailer is here.

The boxing drama follows two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing, and is set to hit premium VOD on November 10 via Paramount Pictures.

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Here’s a plot summary: When Stan (Hunnam) fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss (Jonathon Majors), he and brother Lion (O’Connell) are they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler (Jessica Barden) as they journey across the country for a high-stakes fighting tournament. While Stan manages and trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threatens to tear the brothers apart, but their love for each other and belief in a better life keep them going.

John Cullum also stars in the movie.

Charlie‘s upcoming Apple TV+ series Shantaram suspended production amid the pandemic, and he was spotted at a meeting earlier in the year.

George MacKay Stars as Legendary Outlaw Ned Kelly in 'True History of the Kelly Gang' Trailer - Watch!

The trailer for George MacKay‘s new movie has been released!

The 28-year-old 1917 actor stars in the upcoming western thriller True History of the Kelly Gang directed by Justin Kurzel.

Here’s the synopsis: Legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (MacKay) leads a band of rebel warriors to wreak havoc on their oppressors in this gritty and veracious western thriller.

The film also stars Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Essie Davis, Charlie Hunnam, Thomasin Mckenzie, Sean Keenan, Earl Cave, Marlon Williams, Louis Hewison, and Orlando Schwerdt.

True History of the Kelly Gang
will be out theaters on April 24 in NYC and May 1 in Los Angeles. It will be available On Demand on May 8.

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Charlie Hunnam Goes Casual for Saturday Morning Errands

Charlie Hunnam picks up some items from a local Rite-Aid store on Sunset Boulevard on Saturday morning (February 22) in Los Angeles.

The 39-year-old actor went casual in a navy blue top and blue jeans while grabbing a couple lint brushes and some other odds and ends.

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Charlie is currently sticking around in L.A. after his upcoming Apple TV+ series Shantaram suspended production. It was filming in Australia, but now it’s unclear when the show will resume shooting. See the new pics of him at a lunch meeting on Thursday.

FYI: Charlie wore Citizens of Humanity jeans.

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