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Video: Justin Kurzel On ‘True History Of The Kelly Gang’: “In Australia, Ned Kelly Is Made Out To Be A Beacon” — The full story of Ned Kelly and his outlaw family isn’t widely known outside of Australia, despite several attempts to tell the story onscreen, notably a 1970 version starring The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger in the lead. After sitting out festival season with 2016’s videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed, Justin Kurzel returned to TIFF with his attempt to put the record straight: based on Peter Carey’s 2000 book of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang is a loose biopic of the armed robber who was executed by hanging in 1880, aged just 25.

“In Australia, he’s made out to be a beacon,” Kurzel explained with he stopped by the Deadline Studio. “[His image] was at the beginning of our opening ceremony at the Olympics. The right-wing use him as a kind of icon. He’s been kind of stolen by everyone as something that is Australian, and I was really curious about why we place a certain sense of who we are on him. He was a kid, when he died, and there was something about poking at the mythology of him that I thought could be really, really interesting.”

To play Ned, Kurzel chose a Brit: Captain Fantastic’s George Mackay. “My dad’s Australian, and there [were] all kinds of family ties,” Mackay recalled, “so when it all came together, the opportunity of auditioning for the story and playing this part was amazing. But after auditioning for Justin in the room, and talking about the possibility of the character, and reading Peter Carey’s book, it all changed. Because I was just seeing all the surface-level things of this icon of Australia, [and I wanted to know] who this man really was. Without getting too heavy, what’s truth?”

Charlie Hunnam reveals his softer side and gives rare insight into his relationship at TIFF — Charlie Hunnam is known as one of Hollywood’s toughest bad boys thanks to his role as motorcycle gang leader Jax Teller inSons of Anarchy, which he followed with a string of hard-man roles. But now the 39-year-old is finally revealing his softer side in new movie Jungleland, which he stars in alongside Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden.

The film directed by Max Winkler (Henry Winkler’s son) sees Charlie play a boxing coach named Stanley, who is fiercely loving and protective of his little brother Lion (Jack), a talented young boxer with big dreams.

The movie premiered to rave reviews at TIFF, with critics hailing Charlie’s emotional performance.

“I’m a really gentle, soft sort of person, who had a lot of issues from my childhood that I had to work through. That was reflected in the work that I did from the age of 25 to 35,” the British-born actor explained exclusively to HELLO! Canada. “I’ve worked through that – I’m not compelled by it anymore, and I’m not particularly interested in that any more. It was a phase in my life.”“I had a realization about that around a year ago, which made me feel that, for the first time in my career, I was actually really doing what I was supposed to be doing, and not just being a fake,” he added.

Ahead of turning 40 in April, Charlie told HELLO! Canada he is feeling better than ever about life. He said that is partly thanks to having great friends, but also comes from a strong relationship with Morgana McNelis, his long-term partner.

“I felt way behind where I wanted to be and should have been at 35, but I’ve had some really transitional experiences and done a lot of work on myself in the last few years, and I really feel very chill about turning 40,” he continued. “I feel honestly feel like I like myself and I’m happy with my life. I’ve got no complaints – I’ve got really good friends and a lovely partner and, you know, life’s good!”

Charlie also opened up about how he hopes Jungleland will tackle the issue of toxic masculinity through its progressive point of view.

“Right now, in this day and age, when masculinity is seen as a little bit toxic – I loved that we could have an opportunity to maybe put a different face on it,” he said. “Max creates a very violent environment in the film. You go in with this expectation that it’s a fighting film, so it’s going to adhere to a more classic colour of masculinity, and what Max does is just completely subvert that and say, ‘These are guys who have a capacity for violence, and they are street guys, but they also have the capacity for incredible tenderness towards each other!’ That’s a really important message right now.”

This was Charlie’s second film screening at TIFF 2019. On Sept. 11, he was on hand for the world premiere of True History of the Kelly Gang, which had its world premiere at the festival. In the Justin Kurzel-directed film, Charlie plays one of several people hunting down legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay).

Photos/Press/Video: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (Master Post)

On September 9th, Charlie arrived in Toronto, Canada for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where two of his upcoming films are making their premiere this week. First up, Charlie stopped by the AT&T On Location to discuss Jungleland, later followed by the Variety Studio (will have photos from this event soon!) to talk about The True History of the Kelly Gang.

Later on September 11th, Charlie joined the cast of The True History of the Kelly Gang for their premier. Followed by the premiere of Jungleland on September 12th.

Along the way Charlie sat down to discuss his films in addition to posing for new portraits! 🙂

Charlie Hunnam’s New Film ‘The Gentlemen’ Gets Its Official Release Date — We now have an official release date for Charlie Hunnam’s latest film project, The Gentlemen. The former “Sons Of Anarchy” star will first be seen in The Gentlemen on Jan. 24, 2020.

‘The Gentleman’ a Good Fit For Hunnam

Hunnam says the script for Ritchie’s The Gentlemen is right up his alley:

“When I read the script, it’s sort of vintage Guy Ritchie. I grew up on Snatch and (the movie Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels), so when he sent me this script and invited me to be a part of it, I just jumped at the chance.”

Movie About the ‘California Marijuana Business’

It sounds like Hunnam has been contributing to the film in some way, meeting with director Guy Ritchie about the “California marijuana business.”

Hunnam spoke with “Entertainment Weekly” about his synergy with Ritchie:

“There’s some sort of weird alchemy to his filmmaking where he’s deeply collaborative and allows everybody to imbue the project with their own philosophy and world views, and yet it goes through the Guy Ritchie filter and unquestionably the result is Guy Ritchie sensibility.”

International Intrigue?

The description tagged for The Gentlemen sounds very cosmopolitan:

“A very British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.”

‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ to Premiere at 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

It was recently announced that director Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, which runs from September 5-15. Along with the announcement they released new photos from the film which includes one of Charlie. You can see below:

To find out when the premiere itself will be taking place be sure to check out the Official TIFF event page for showtimes which will be announced later this month.

For those who don’t know what True History of the Kelly Gang is about, here is a brief description:

A fictionalized re-telling of the life and crimes of infamous 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize–winning novel. Starring Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult.

Photos/Video: 2019 CinemaCon The State of the Industry Past, Present and Future and STXfilms Presentation

On April 2nd, Charlie attended The State of the Industry Past, Present and Future and STXfilms Presentation the during the 2019 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada.During the presentation Charlie and Henry Golding discussed the upcoming Guy Ritchie film ‘The Gentleman’ which they both have roles in.

You can check out 100+ high quality photos and Charlie’s interviews from the event below:

Charlie Hunnam talks ‘Triple Frontier’ and how he stays grounded in Hollywood. — In J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier,” Santiago “Pope” Garcia (Oscar Isaac) calls upon the best of retired Special Forces Ops to pull off a risky heist in an unspecified multi-border zone in South America. The men — played by Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal — leave their tattered lives behind for a dangerous mission — the takedown of a drug cartel boss. Their “reward” is walking away with his loot, but they soon discover it all comes at a price.

We recently caught up with Hunnam, who plays William “Ironhead” Miller in the movie. The 38-year-old Brit, best known for his role as Jax in FX series “Sons of Anarchy,” talks about how he prepared for the heist film and how he stays grounded in Hollywood.

The film tackles the psychological impact of a career in the military. Is that something you researched before filming?

It was my intuition before I even read the script. That’s what interested me about this world. It’s the two fundamental aspects very specifically attributed to the experience of being a soldier that is not very well talked about. I mean PTSD is a hot topic but there’s an umbrella of PTSD, which is really just about purpose. What do you do when you have dedicated your life to a certain skill set and through that belonging to a really deep sense of community … What do you do when all of that basically gets taken away from you? When you come back and you don’t have a deep sense of community anymore? The primary skill set that makes you feel vital is no longer deemed valuable and yet you’re still in the prime of your life. It seems to me like a really, really difficult dual aspect of reintegration that has to be dealt with.

This is also very a physical film. There’s a lot of traveling and hiking with all of that bulk through strenuous conditions. How much of that did you really have to endure?

It’s become this sort of fashionable and very common narrative that seems to have developed in the filmmaking community where they like to talk about how difficult it is to make these movies. Maybe it’s sort of an unapologetic aim to make themselves sound heroic. My perspective is that the physical challenges of making films are never that difficult. Where the real challenges lie is getting the work right. It’s the creative challenges, the emotional, intellectual, spiritual challenge of trying to [do] a very important subject matter of justice.

At the same time, there also has to be a little physical prep for filming those certain sequences. Do you adhere to a physical regimen before shooting?

It’s a necessity for me to stay in shape. It’s one of the elements of my day to day therapy. I like to stay fit and eat healthy. For this, I had just done a project that I’ve lost a lot of weight for and J.C. wanted me to be as formidable as I could be. So, I just got back to the routine of eating very, very heavily and protein-rich and lifting heavy weights. Garrett was taking the physical elements of this job very, very seriously too. And he’s been a lifelong buddy of mine. So, I got to go train with him a lot and, keep him company in the gym.

What keeps you grounded despite the success you’ve had in your career?

I think probably the terror that it might run out at any point and then I would be confronted with the issue that we deal with in this film, which is how would I continue to feel valuable in my life? I feel like the vast majority of people who work in this business live in constant terror that may be their run of good luck or ability to keep making a living at this will potentially run out at some point. In terms of staying grounded, just be a normal person. I think where I’ve seen a trend of people becoming affected by success is that they got into this for extrinsic reasons rather than intrinsic reasons. People who got into this wanting fame and wealth as opposed to people that felt that storytelling would be a really judicious use of their time.

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