Forbes.com — “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