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‘Triple Frontier’ addresses the importance of unity and community, defines Charlie Hunnam

AN: This interview has been translated via Google Translate. My apologies on any inconsistencies. — 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

Video: Charlie Drops by ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ to talk ‘Triple Frontier’

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. 😉

Charlie Hunnam opens up about leading in showbiz; says ‘Success is having the ability to keep moving forward’ — 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.”

Video: The Stars of ‘Triple Frontier’ Accept the “Sexiest Cast Alive” Title

Video: ET Canada Chats with ‘Triple Frontier’s Charlie Hunnam & Garrett Hedlund

Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund open up about their new Netflix action-thriller “Triple Frontier”, about a South American heist that also stars Ben Affleck.

Seeing double: Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund

Inquirer.netI — t was interesting to watch Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, buddies in real life and playing brothers in the movie “Triple Frontier,” seated together in our recent interview at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Paired together, the handsome actors often stroked their beards, clasped their hands or leaned forward at the same time.

“He was doing that to me yesterday,” Charlie, 38, said about Garrett, 34, playfully imitating his moves. Laughing, Charlie admitted, “It f***ed me up.”

But on that afternoon, the two seemed to be spontaneously in sync with their gestures.

Not surprisingly, Charlie (as William “Ironhead” Miller) and Garrett (Ben Miller) play brothers in director JC Chandor’s testosterone-heavy action-adventure for Netflix, “Triple Frontier.”

Add Ben Affleck (Tom “Redfly” Davis), Oscar Isaac (Santiago “Pope” Garcia) and Pedro Pascal (Francisco “Catfish” Morales) and you have five former US Special Forces operatives who reunite to stage a heist—rob a drug lord in South America.

For a change, these dudes go on a dangerous mission for themselves, not for their country. Of course, twists and surprises test their skills and loyalties to each other.

Asked if they have been mistaken for each other, the English Charlie answered, “Funny enough, no. But when we spend a lot of time together, people would always ask us if we were brothers. But I’ve never gotten like, ‘Are you that guy from ‘Friday Night Lights’?”

“No,” Garrett confirmed. With a smile, the American actor added, “And I just like that Charlie’s response is always, ‘Yes, we are brothers. Which one do you think is younger (laughs)?’”

“You know, these roles weren’t originally written as brothers,” Charlie stressed. Garrett finished Charlie’s answer: “Pope (Oscar Isaac) and Redfly (Ben Affleck) were meant to be brothers.”

Charlie shared, “JC (Chandor) was talking to both of us. But he felt that we looked so similar and have a similar sensibility that it would be distracting to have us onscreen together. Then, he had this eureka moment and that he could change the script, write us as brothers and hire us both.”

On their roles, Garrett described his as: “I play Ben Miller, the younger brother to Charlie’s character. We’re all with Special Forces with every ability that you’re taught within the Special Forces. We are able to accomplish any task that the military asks. And we’re brought together for this mission, which seems impossible.” Continue reading

‘Triple Frontier’ Stars Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund Talk Netflix Supremacy and More — “If you’re feeding people McDonald’s every day, all they’re going to want to eat is McDonald’s,” muses 38-year-old actor Charlie Hunnam in an attempt to illustrate the environment that gave rise to streaming services like Netflix. “The studios have created the situations that they’re now claiming to be victims of,” he goes on. “They created this expectation of ground spectacle when you go to see a film in the theater. [But] people are hungry for a wide variety of programming and, if you’re only going to deliver this to us in the theater experience, then we’ll look elsewhere to get everything else that we’re craving.”

Hopefully, what the public is craving includes Triple Frontier, a new Netflix film about a team of former Special Forces operatives that get back into the game to steal a drug kingpin’s fortune in South America. Hunnam is one fifth of that team, alongside Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund, who joins Hunnam in a downtown Manhattan hotel room a few days before the movie’s premiere to discuss their respective roles and more.

The two actors, who play brothers in the movie, go way back. When first tapped to star in the film, “there was just a little bit of an issue about which one of us [director] J.C. Chandor would hire because he felt that we were too similar in sensibility and appearance because the characters weren’t written as brothers,” recalls Hunnam. “I got a call saying [Chandor] was […] considering making these two characters brothers and would I be willing to play with Charlie?,” remembers Hedlund. “I said, do you know that Charlie and I have known each other for 15 years and have been super close friends?”

That camaraderie deepened while shooting the film, which required the cast to train with Special Forces. “It was great,” reminisces 34-year-old Hedlund. “It was a great thing to go through together, especially when you’re doing a thing about five guys that really deals with a lot of brotherhood and they had all fought and trained together and been familiar with each other and had a very strong bond.” Continue reading

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