You can check out what the rest of Charlie’s co-stars had to say about his upcoming role as Christian Grey over at Hollywood Reporter!
Creator Kurt Sutter called the actor “fifty shades of fantastic” while introducing his cast at the show’s premiere party on Saturday, receiving big laughs and applause from the audience inside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
While few of Hunnam’s co-stars would cop to having read EL James’ racy novel, all were thrilled to see the star make the leap into big-screen leading-man status.
“I went through a lot of the process with him,” Theo Rossi told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was there every day with him making him answer the texts and the e-mails, going through the process and the chemistry stuff.”
Rossi said that although Hunnam was initially hesitant to sign on for another franchise, the project will allow audiences to see a whole new side of the actor.
“I think he’s been teed up for this his entire career, and I think that he’s going to shock everybody,” Rossi said. “I don’t care if it’s Fifty Shades of Grey or 50 holes on a golf course, he’s gonna be great on it. He’s one of the hardest workers, he’s smart, he’s damn sexy, the guy’s got it going on. He’s an actor’s actor. He’s not one of those half-assed pretty boys; he can act.”
Peter Weller was also among those inside Hunnam’s circle who encouraged the actor to take the role, even after he expressed concern that the script was “pulpy.”
“I said ‘Listen, you go do this. I’m gonna water bomb your house with balloons if you don’t,’ ” he recalled.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Check out ZAP2IT.COM for the rest of Kurt’s interview about Season 6!
Zap2it: In his rise to power within the club, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has become a great example of how corrupting absolute power can be in a person. Going into Season 6, where is his story heading?
Kurt Sutter: I think it’s somewhat on that trajectory. There’s a scene in episode 2 with Tara, where Jax talks about how the death of Opie is what’s driving him and ultimately it’s hard for him to step away now, because if he does, he sees that Opie’s death was in vain.
Opie set himself up, knowing where it was all going to a certain extent. And him sacrificing himself for the club, for Jax to walk away would be dishonoring his memory. That’s what I’m talking about when I say the ghost of Opie is living in Jax, in at least the first half of the season, and is sort of motivating him to … not necessarily go rogue, but perhaps pushing him down this path where he may be leaping before he looks.
Ashley Tisdale, now better known as Emma Jean to Sons of Anarchy fans, recently spoke with Collider.com about her experience while on the Sons set. She had nothing but kind words to say and lots of enthusiasm about the show and the cast, including her great appreciation for the show itself. This is what she had to say regarding Charlie:
Your role on Sons of Anarchy involves some action scenes. Did you enjoy playing the more physical aspects? Is that something you’d like to do, in the future?
TISDALE: Yes, that was definitely so much fun. I did a bit of stunt action scenes in a movie I did a long time ago, but it was nothing compared to this. It was actually my first time ever being on a motorcycle, and Charlie Hunnam was the first person to give me a ride. I thought that was amazing because I am a big fan of his, and I had the best time. I don’t get starstruck because I’ve met Angelina Jolie and tons of people, but because I watch the show religiously, I just was so starstruck. Every single time I’d be sitting in hair and make-up and somebody else would come into the room, I would freak out. The worst was the 2nd episode that I had to do because everybody in the show was there. I was shaking, I was so nervous, but it was the coolest thing ever. I’d love to do more action stuff, in the future.
What could you say about Emma Jean’s relationship with Jax (Charlie Hunnam)?
TISDALE: Jax really comes through for her, but she’s just there to do her job. She’s a worker and an earner. Because of what happened, in the last episode, we don’t know who told on the club, and she is definitely a candidate for being one of the people who might have. She doesn’t trust everybody, but Jax comes through for her, in a way.
What was the most memorable part of working on the show?
TISDALE: Every single moment I was there, I was just so excited to be with a cast that is extremely talented, extremely grounded, and so nice. I just learned so much from being around them, with Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam. They are also a really tight-knit group. It was so great to see that they actually are like all the guys. I think they had gone camping that weekend, which I thought was so cool. I had the best time on the show. It was such a great experience.
You can check out Ashley’s entire interview of her experience over at Collider.com
In the latest edition of Ask Ausiello, he had this to say about the amount of causalities this season is going to rack up. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so not ready for that!
Question: Do I need to prepare myself for a high body count on Sons of Anarchy this season? —Gerald
Ausiello: Yep. And unlike Season 4’s relatively benign list of casualties, Season 5 will whack “people you’re very attached to,” warns exec producer Paris Barclay. “I’m not naming names, but this is the season where the reckoning has to come… You’ll have to say goodbye.”
Maggie Siff spoke with Vulture on Sons of Anarchy, Riding Motorcycles, Tight Jeans, and Cleavage. During which she mentions Jax and Tara’s inevitable wedding. Definitely worth a read, especially if you want more insight into Tara’s darker path this season.
Tara and Jax are raising two kids together, so it’s probably not too much of a spoiler to talk about the inevitable wedding.
“I liked that scene. Getting married by the seat of your pants in a brothel is so unromantic, but I felt that the scene, the way it was written, was actually very sweet and moving and got something about the show that I love. The spirit of family comes through. The circumstances are gnarly, but you always have to have escorts and prostitutes running around on Sons of Anarchy. [Laughs.] Tara doesn’t feel threatened by other women these days, I have to say. She’s more confident in the relationship and should anything transpire with any of the scantily clad ladies, she can handle it. She laid down the law with Jax in season two or three, so he knows that’s not okay. I think Kurt [Sutter] has done an interesting job of making the question of marriage and partnership a real one.”
While you’re at it check out more great reads about the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy below!
Show creator Kurt Sutter talks ‘Shades of Grey’ in New Season with BuzzFocus and then talks Outlaws, Loyalty, and Racial Stereotypes with Complex.
While Maggie Siff discusses whether Tara is the new and improved Gemma with Zap2It.
Make sure you check out the entire interview in full with Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter as he talks about Jax, and our favorite Charming characters leading into season five over at TVGuide.com
What’s the most immediate problem Jax has to deal with?
Sutter: We begin the season with the pressure that we left off with last year. We threw in the death of Damon Pope’s daughter. That ignites early on in the first episode. We see the ramifications of that and Damon Pope’s response to that. Pope obviously starts out as this very strong antagonist and will remain so for a while. The interesting thing that happens with Pope and Jax is they’re forced to get in bed with this guy Nero as a result of their misstep.
Whose counsel will Jax seek in the club? Last we saw, his right-hand man Opie was no longer at his side.
Sutter: We see Jax really create his inner circle as early as the premiere episode. And Opie will definitely be part of that. I think we’ll see in Episode 2 the beginning of that relationship being repaired. As always on this show, it is done through extreme circumstances, but Opie will make an attempt to be back in Jax’s life. I just felt like it would have been too neat and too convenient for Opie, after everything that happened to him, to sort of take a seat at that table at the end of last season. I needed him to earn it a little bit and put him in orbit for an episode or so. And that’s what we’ve done.
Speaking of Tara, is she fully committed to this lifestyle at this point?
Sutter: Tara’s dilemma up to this point was always, “Am I in or am I out?” I think she’s really made the decision last season that she is in. Her dilemma this season is, “OK, I’m in, and how do I rectify that? How do I be true to this world? How do I serve Jax as his queen? How do I help the club? How do I do the things that an old lady is supposed to do and still be true to myself, and is that possible? Can I still be Dr. Tara Knowles and the matriarch of a motorcycle club?” I didn’t want to suddenly in the course of four weeks have Tara turn into Gemma. [But] we will see her definitely make more Gemma-like choices. We’ll see her struggle with her own impulse and then the realization of what it is that she signed up for
We began shooting episode 501. It feels all new and all familiar. I sat at that table during the first read-through and looked at the faces. It’s fascinating watching the cast members grow over the years. I notice the shift in energies, personalities, and relationships. Some folks have embraced the flow of the show and have taken the success in stride; some, not so much.
Charlie Hunnam, not unlike his character, has matured into a strong, gracious leader. Early on, I think Charlie struggled with the concept of being number one on the call sheet. The attention and that identity made him uncomfortable. Now, he owns it. He is the president. He sets the tone for the rest of the cast. He shows up early, comes prepared, and gives more than he receives. In Charlie’s own words, he’s come halfway to meet Jax. Meaning, he’s dug deep to tap into his primal, outlaw nature and keeps that accessible. As “actory” as that may sound, I know the work that entails and the struggle it presents. “Being raw” is not something that is easily turned on and off. It’s that struggle that separates performers from actors.
You can check out the article in full over at GQ.com
Maggie Siff was recently interviewed by DigitalSpy. In it, she discusses Tara’s journey through the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy and more, and also had to say this about working with Charlie.
What is Charlie Hunnam like to work alongside?
“He’s great. He’s such a hardworking actor. I love working with him because I feel like when we show up together we are going to find our way through. Even if we don’t know what we’re doing, if we have a problem with a scene or the writing. If I get confused or tired, I always know with Charlie we’ll find a way through. There’s something about being able to work with someone like that, which is so gratifying. It’s such a relief to have that sort of consistent experience. He’s so sweet and lovely as well.
“Also, he had a great camaraderie on this show with the guys. They are constantly taking the p*ss out of each other all day long. So I feel like when he comes over to my side of the fence and he gets to work with me, he gets to relax and show a different side of himself. I think he likes that.”