Charlie Hunnam Reveals the Shocking Weight He Got Down to to Play Escaped Prisoner in ‘Papillon’

ETOnline.com — Charlie Hunnam underwent a pretty dramatic transformation for his latest film.

ET caught up with the 38-year-old actor and his co-star, Rami Malek, at the Los Angeles premiere of Papillon on Sunday, where they discussed Hunnam’s shocking weight loss in order to play a prisoner detained on a remote island who is attempting to escape. The transformation was made all the more mind-blowing because Hunnam had just dropped a significant amount of weight for a previous movie role.

“I did this two times in a row. I did a film called The Lost City of Zedd and I lost 40 pounds for that exactly. I went from 185 to 145 exactly,” Hunnam told ET’s Lauren Zima. “I was down to 145 again for this [role], but I think I probably started at 180 so maybe [I lost] like 35 pounds.”

While the dedication to his craft is certainly appreciated, Malek confessed that he was actually a bit worried about his co-star while they were acting out such “brutal circumstances.”

“Yeah, how can I not be? I mean it’s a very intense experience as it is. Filmmaking, and this one especially, it’s not the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. We weren’t out there going back to our trailers every two seconds,” Malek said. “It’s just out there sitting in the mud and hanging out and watching Charlie starve. So, I was a bit concerned, but he’s alright.”

Known for always being in shape, Hunnam often finds himself shirtless in his roles, but that’s not something he wants to continue in future projects.

“It’s certainly not intentional and not something that I want to keep doing, but it seems to be a running theme,” the former Sons of Anarchy star admitted. “I don’t know what that’s about.”

Hunnam hasn’t just cut weight for roles, he’s worked hard to put on weight too! Last year, he packed on 20 pounds of muscle to play King Arthur in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

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Official ‘Papillon’ Trailer, Production Stills and Promotional Artwork

Official ‘Papillon’ Trailer, Production Stills and Promotional Artwork

I’ve added high quality production stills of Charlie as Henri “Papillon” Charrière in addition to the films promotional artwork and official trailer screen captures into the gallery. In case you haven’t seen it, check out the official trailer below.

Papillon hits theaters on August 24th

Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books “Papillon” and “Banco”, PAPILLON follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.


Photos: On the Set of ‘Triple Frontier’ in Hawaii (April-May)

Photos: On the Set of ‘Triple Frontier’ in Hawaii (April-May)

I’ve added high quality photos of Charlie seen on the set of his latest film Triple Frontier which was filming in Hawaii as of last month. You can check those out in the gallery now.

Photos: Charlie Training On The Beach in Hawaii for ‘Triple Frontier’ (March 25th)

Photos: Charlie Training On The Beach in Hawaii for ‘Triple Frontier’ (March 25th)

On March 26th, Charlie along with his Triple Frontier co-stars Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Issac, and Pedro Pascal were seen on the beach in Hawaii while training for their upcoming film. Charlie was photographed applying sunscreen before stepping out under the hot sun to work with trainers on the film set.

Triple Frontier about five friends who reunite to take down a South American drug lord is set for release in 2019.

J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller ‘Triple Frontier’ Set to Begin Filming March 26th

J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller ‘Triple Frontier’ Set to Begin Filming March 26th

Variety.com — Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Adria Arjona are starring in J.C. Chandor’s crime thriller, the long-in-development project known as “Triple Frontier.”

Netflix announced Monday that the currently untitled project begins shooting March 26 in Hawaii. It will also shoot in California and Colombia.

The film will be set in South America as five friends reunite to take down a drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.

Chandor, whose credits include “All is Lost” and “A Most Violent Year,” will shoot from a script that he rewrote from Mark Boal. Boal’s credits include “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.”

Producers are Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Andy Horwitz for Atlas Entertainment. Executive producers are Thomas Hayslip, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb.

The project has been in development since 2010. The “Triple Frontier” title comes from the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making the area difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.

Actors such as Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum, and Mahershala Ali have been tied to the project at various points, and Kathryn Bigelow was initially attached as the director. Netflix took over the project last year from Paramount.

Photos: Charlie Prepping in Hawaii Ahead of Filming (March 15th)

Photos: Charlie Prepping in Hawaii Ahead of Filming (March 15th)

On March 15th Charlie was spotted shirtless (Yes, you read correctly. Shirtless. Is it Christmas already? 😉 ) on the beach in Hawaii with his upcoming co-stars Garrett Hedlund, Ben Affleck, and Oscar Issac. The guys are in Hawaii prepping their next project a Netflix movie, Triple Frontier, an action-adventure flick set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. The film is reportedly set to begin filming this May and wrap up in September.

In the photos below the guys can be seen snorkeling, body boarding and of course our guy Charlie, who if you didn’t know is a jujitsu fanatic, was also photographed taking down his good friend Garrett in the ocean (and the sand) for an impromptu wrestling session that basically leaves you wondering: Is this real life? Seriously, these photos are fantastic.

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