HollywoodReporter.com — Charlie Hunnam thought he was preparing for his upcoming role in Triple Frontier on a private beach in Hawaii where he was enjoying a little wrestling match with longtime friend Garrett Hedlund.
Instead, their horseplay was captured by the paparazzi and helped to reveal to the world that the long-gestating Triple Frontier was finally happening after years of directors and A-list talent coming and going. The entire cast was taking swimming lessons for insurance purposes, even though they knew how to swim.
“The sun was shining and we were in good spirits, so I just tackled him and had a little wrestle,” Hunnam tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But, it was not intended to be photographed and documented for the world to see.”
Triple Frontier is the story of five special forces operatives who reunite in order to eliminate and heist a South American drug lord. What could go wrong? The film began its long road to the big screen in 2010 when director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal attached themselves to the project along with Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp. The film stalled until writer-director J.C. Chandor joined the mix in 2015. From there, the cast was a revolving door of names including Will Smith, Channing Tatum, Tom Hardy, Mahershala Ali, Casey Affleck and Mark Wahlberg.
In May 2017, Netflix acquired the project from Paramount, and Chandor assembled a cast that included Ben Affleck, Hunnam, Hedland, and Pedro Pascal, but soon the project would sustain some more misfortune. Just before production in 2017, Affleck had to leave to attend to his personal health. However, Chandor was so committed to Affleck that he delayed the film another six months so his star could return; this delay also opened the door for Chandor’s A Most Violent Year lead, Oscar Isaac, to enlist as the final piece to the puzzle.
Hunnam is no stranger to stops and starts in Hollywood. In 2013, he famously exited the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, a part that would have been his most high-profile role to date. Hunnam recently made amends to Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson by way of her indie film A Million Little Pieces. Triple Frontier is also Hunnam’s first release since Papillon was met with mixed reviews and minimal box office returns in 2018.
“That film did not seem to go down too well, but Rami [Malek] and I really put our hearts into it,” says Hunnam. “I actually had dinner with him last night, and we were lamenting the failure of that film a little bit.”
In a recent conversation with THR, Hunnam also discusses his filmmaking aspirations, the influence of his former directors and his friendship with Sons of Anarchy co-star Ryan Hurst.
I’ve followed Triple Frontier’s developmental saga for many years. I finally learned it was nearing production thanks to a photograph of you tackling Garrett Hedlund on a Hawaiian beach. Can you provide some context to this team-building exercise of sorts?
[Laughs] Yeah, that was unfortunate. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I have been very, very dear friends with Garrett for about 15 years. In this film, he plays an MMA fighter, and I am a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. So, I was teaching him some Jiu-Jitsu and we were rolling a lot and fighting a lot. We just happened to be on the beach one day doing some swimming lessons, which were grossly unnecessary seeing as we’re not five years old, but I guess for some sort of insurance thing we had to do some swimming lessons. The sun was shining and we were in good spirits, so I just tackled him and had a little wrestle. But, it was not intended to be photographed and documented for the world to see.
This film is about brotherhood, something you’re familiar with thanks to Sons of Anarchy, both on and offscreen. Did part of you accept this project as a way to recapture an atmosphere that you clearly flourish under?
That’s a really interesting question and multifaceted for me. I think that I do flourish in the company of men. I’ve come to realize that the sense of tribe or community that I have with my group of friends is one of the pillars of my life. For me to be at my best, I need a group of pals around me — my sort of extended family. In sort of exploring that, I think what J.C. Chandor was exploring in this film are two of the three pillars of self-determination theory — competence and autonomy — which can be bracketed under the banner of purpose and community. Sebastian Junger wrote a really interesting book about military life called Tribe, which is a book that I really admire and have read a couple of times (and had read just prior to reading this script). It really resonated that what Sebastian Junger is exploring in Tribe is basically the same thing that J.C. is exploring, which is fundamentally how we categorize or identify some sort of deep meaning for ourselves as individuals. The idea being that purpose and community are two of the central pillars for a successful, fulfilling life.
Because you’ve acted in ensembles with many big personalities in the past, were you able to adapt to this ensemble of movie stars with relative ease?
Invariably, the way a television show goes, it ends up being more of an ensemble experience. The thing with working in television a lot is you start to learn to trust that even though there might be stretches of time where you don’t have much to do, the experience can be a little bit of a drag. Showing up to work for a couple weeks, watching other people act and not having much to do — the breadth of the experience is reduced dramatically in the edit room, from a four-month experience to a two-hour experience. Within that, those two weeks where you didn’t have anything to do is really only going to be five minutes of screen time, and then you’ll be back in the mix to have your time and your moments. I suppose I came in with that knowledge, further heartened by knowing how J.C. had handled big ensembles in the past, particularly in Margin Call where everybody had very specific and dramatic moments, from the biggest characters to the smallest. So, I felt confident that J.C. was really going to honor all of our performances in the edit room, even though Garrett and I were accustomed to doing slightly bigger roles in our work than the supporting roles we played in this. I sort of mitigated the concern about that by just understanding how the process works from past experience. Continue reading
AN: This interview has been translated via Google Translate. My apologies on any inconsistencies.
Cineserie.com — It was in Madrid on March 6th that we had the chance to meet almost the whole crew of the film “Triple Frontier” by JC Chandor, which will be released on Netflix on March 13th, 2019. It was in pairs that we were able to see the actors in order to ask them questions about the acting profession, their respective roles in the film … Let’s continue today with Charlie Hunnam and his friend Garrett Hedlund.
We continue our interviews with the team of the film Netflix Triple Frontier , directed by JC Chandor . After our interview ( which you can find here ) with Ben Affleck , Oscar Isaac , here is the turn of the duo Charlie Hunnam / Garrett Hedlund , friends in the city and to say that in the film, where they interpret two brothers , it feels .
Charlie Hunnam ultra laid back and very smiling comes first, straight out of an episode of Sons of Anarchy ! Blonde goatee, hair back, ultra fit, the one who was King Arthur for Guy Ritchie begins to respond with great generosity to our questions (30 min instead of 15!), All with a British accent! A few minutes later Garrett Hedlund starts, apparently tired of the jetlag. Charlie Hunnam gives him a “Hey Buddy”, it’s clear these two get along very well.
Charlie, are you known for being very picky in choosing your roles? Why this one?
Charlie Hunnam: I think that in an acting career, it’s essential to be picky yes. I have been exposed to the military in the past thanks to the success of Sons of Anarchy. We have often been invited to military bases. These guys have a serious purpose in life. 2 topics really touched me in the film, the loss of the community and deep integration in a group. Live and die for others, your role in the group. Then there is the return to society, isolation … That’s one of the things I wanted to see in JC Chandor’s film. This is not exclusive to the military of course, but the fact that these guys spend the early part of their adult lives cultivating specific non-applicable gifts for something else is fascinating.
What do you think of the controversies around Netflix and what Spielberg said about Netflix and the Oscars?
Garrett Hedlund : First of all I would like to say that Roma is an incredible movie! In my opinion, Netflix and the other platforms give people who do not have a cinema close to home the chance to see the movies. They also give the chance to people who can not afford the movies. To make the road, to pay for one’s place, to buy food and drink for the meeting, all this is very expensive. On the other hand, I already made a movie Netflix, Mudbound and when he came out on the platform, friends from around the world called me the day or the week of the release, it’s unique. Everyone could see it, wherever they are and comfortably seated in their sofas!
Charlie Hunnam: It’s an inevitable evolution. The reality is that cinema in theaters has declined in the last ten years. It’s extremely expensive to do, and there are fewer opportunities to make movies. Spielberg must recognize that he is one of the only ones still able to make the films he wants the old way. There is no difference between the aspiration and the quality of the work of a film for the cinema and a film like Roma.
Could you describe your characters and your relationship in life and on screen?
Charlie Hunnam: Garrett and I have known each other for 15 years. All these years traveling the world, going out, and visiting. We have been asked many times if we were brothers, there has always been hope that we will work together. And this opportunity to play brothers is great, plus in a movie about the community. Last year I had an incredible year, I did 4 movies, but the thing is that I was away from home, my girlfriend, my family, 50 weeks of the year! So it’s great to work with his buddy like that, it’s like taking a little home from work, especially when you have 4 months of filming! On screen, I do not really know how we’re doing. Like Garrett I have 3 biological brothers, and I also have 4 non-biological brothers, and one of them is Garrett. One of our missions during filming was to cultivate this relationship. And I hope we have succeeded.
Garrett Hedlund: The fact that we know each other so well helped a lot, we know how the other works hard to achieve what he wants. In addition, we met several times before, we discussed roles, how to deepen this relationship and how to approach our characters …
What does it bring you to be an actor, does it go further than a simple job?
Charlie Hunnam: I have always needed to find a deep meaning in my life. I fell in love with children’s cinema, and suddenly getting to film seemed like a wise choice and it was an interesting way to spend my time. 20 years in the business only supported that. We need a deep purpose, responsibilities, it’s important for mental health and happiness.
Are your characters from the movie close to your respective personalities?
Charlie Hunnam: Part of our job is to combine the need to bring a character back to life while injecting our own essence into it. There are two schools, two approaches to acting: to completely transform oneself, to totally forget oneself in a character (which does not reflect who you are), or to explore and put yourself into the character you play. At the beginning of my career I spent a lot of time trying to reproduce my paternal ideal. It was very personal. And I think that I have come to the end of “this trip”, however I feel obliged to choose films that explore topics that affect me personally and that are important to me.
Garrett Hedlund: First you read the script and evaluate how much the character you are supposed to interpret is far from what you are. So you find time to research and see how you can transform. For that one, I tried to personalize it. This fraternity, the support of each other, is basically what Charlie and I feel, and I also tried to bring my humorous touch!
AN: This interview has been translated via Google Translate. My apologies on any inconsistencies.
Adorocinema.com — In an exclusive interview with AdoroCinema , awarded on the occasion of the release of Hunger’s newest movie, Operation Frontier , Hunnam explained the meanings of JC Chandor’s war drama and action ( The More Violent Year ); opined about the current direction of society; made clear its defense of the distribution and production model instituted by Netflix, increasingly criticized by traditional producers and distributors, such as filmmaker Steven Spielberg ; and, to its dismay, even overthrew one or two myths about filming in nature and in “adverse conditions”:
Question: In your previous work, you played characters who were more impulsive in a way, like Jax Teller of Sons of Anarchy and Beckett in Circle of Fire. In Frontier Operation, however, you play an opposite type of character, the thinker. Now, before doing anything, before acting, your character ponders. He plays the role of the one who reflects on the group. How did you create William “Ironhead” Miller?
Answer: I think what JC thematically explores in the script are the two issues I have been struggling with during my adult life: 1) the nature of the community, the essence of having a tribe around them; and 2) how we find meaning in our lives; without a strong sense of purpose, we can get lost, we can become unhappy very quickly. In my view, Operation Frontier is about this. And in terms of impulsivity … As a filmmaker, JC capitalizes on his interesting characters from his cast.
What he seeks is for his actors to interpret versions of themselves within the context of the narrative. It’s obvious that we are not military men, but the characters have a bit of who we are as human beings. It’s the way he films. Being a joint project and because there are not many details or definitions about the characters in the script, JC encouraged us to bring the most of ourselves to these characters. I think in many ways Miller is closer to my nature than any other character I’ve played before because I’m also very, very methodical and avoid impulsive behavior.
Q: This is really interesting because the film addresses the clash between individualism and the idea of ??the universality / brotherhood that forms the basis of the group of soldiers. Operation Fronteira confronts individual and global solutions to general problems. And to return alive to the United States, the five soldiers must stay together and trust each other. Do you believe that this is the message of the film: the importance of unity, especially in increasingly individualistic times?
A: Yes, I think so. The cost of individualism is the loss of the community. In the end, if we look historically for the human way of life, and for what can be defined as a more harmonious era of humanity, we will find a predilection for egalitarian systems based on a strong sense of community. And this does not mean that there is no room for individuality within a community, for an individual way or structure of life. But the need to raise individualism worries me. You are who you are, but as the population grows, the summit should be the community. We do not need to focus on individualism: this is self-indulgent and unnecessary, you are who you are. If you act authentically in the context of your life, you will be who you are. You do not have to alienate the rest of society to promote your individuality. Continue reading
Charlie stopped by Live with Kelly and Ryan to discuss his new film Triple Frontier. You can check out the interview below in case you missed it.
You might notice Charlie sporting the same attire from his TODAY Show appearance, that’s due them pre-recording this interview on March 4th as well while he was promoting Triple Frontier in New York. 😉
TimesNowNews.com — Hollywood actor Charlie Hunnam believes that the defining characteristic that determines success in showbiz is the desire to be a storyteller with purity and authenticity. He says success is having the ability to keep moving forward and going to work.
Asked about the most futile aspect of being a star, Hunnam told select media including IANS here: “I would say almost everything about being famous is somewhat futile and irrelevant. Fame should be the perfume of great deeds. I’ve been in this business for 20 years and it seems the defining characteristic that determines success in this business is the desire to be a storyteller with purity and authenticity.”
“Success in this business is predicated on wanting to do as good a job and being compelled to tell stories and those that come in coveting fame and money and all the trappings of that tend to crash and burn really quickly.”
Hunnam, 38, who has acted in films including names such as Pacific Rim and Cold Mountain, said acting is a fairly difficult job, and it’s fairly difficult to sustain a career over many years.
“Really, the only success is having the ability to keep moving forward and going to work. That really is the greatest success of an actor’s career,” he added.
Triple Frontier, which had a theatrical release on March 6 in the US, also stars Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.
Asked about doing away with the idea of toxic masculinity in the post-#MeToo era, Hunnam said: “I don’t believe that it is a celebration of toxic masculinity. It’s a specific story about specific people and just the reality is that contingent of this area is dominated by men — the special forces. It is slowly changing now…
“We certainly explore that question whether or not the mission would’ve unravelled the way it does if there had been more gender equality in it… in a woman’s point of view.”