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Charlie Hunnam had to literally starve himself for role after taking off shirt and making director cry

Anish Vij

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Charlie Hunnam had to literally starve himself for role after taking off shirt and making director cry

Charlie Hunnam has revealed he was forced to starve himself for a role because he made the movie director cry. Watch below:

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The actor had just wrapped up filming for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword where he was forced to follow a pretty intense diet plan.

Hunnam put on a load of muscle in the process and got himself absolutely ripped.

However, after filming had finished, his next movie role was to play a British archaeologist named Percy Fawcett.

After taking his shirt off, the actor says he reduced The Lost City of Z director James Gray to tears.

The Lost City of Z director James Gray was reduced to tears seeing Charlie Hunnam's physique. Credit: Will Cozens/YouTube
The Lost City of Z director James Gray was reduced to tears seeing Charlie Hunnam's physique. Credit: Will Cozens/YouTube

Gray basically informed Hunnam that he was 'too hench' to play the role.

"I was in a costume fitting and I took my shirt off and revealed my physique, and he started to cry," he explained to Vanity Fair.

"Something tells me these aren't tears of joy, and he said 'I think you just ruined my film. You look like a pugilist. We need a Victorian gentleman'.

"And I said, 'don't worry. I got 10 days'. So I didn't eat anything for 10 days and I lost 10 lbs."

FYI, as a disclaimer, this isn't something anybody should do to shred the pounds.

Credit: Vanity Fair
Credit: Vanity Fair

In his latest series Shantaram, Hunnam plays an Australian fugitive named Lin Ford who lives in 1980s Bombay.

Speaking candidly about having to change accents for the role, Hunnam told 7 News Australia: "I had a wonderful dialect coach and a lot of Australian friends who helped me, but honestly I think I probably got about 75 percent of the way there.

"I have a strange accent myself, it’s half English, half American, and everybody, my entire life, has thought I was Australian.

"I have a lot of family in Melbourne.

In his new series Shantaram, Hunnam plays an Australian fugitive named Lin Ford who lives in 1980s Bombay. Credit: Apple TV+
In his new series Shantaram, Hunnam plays an Australian fugitive named Lin Ford who lives in 1980s Bombay. Credit: Apple TV+

"I came to Melbourne the first time when I was two years old and spent six weeks there, so I’ve been coming to Australia all my life."

The synopsis for Shantaram reads: "Escaped convict Lin Ford flees to the teeming streets of 1980s Bombay, looking to disappear.

"Working as a medic for the city's poor and neglected, Lin finds unexpected love, connection, and courage on the long road to redemption."

Shantaram is available to stream on Apple TV+ now

Featured Image Credit: Vanity Fair/Will Cozens/YouTube/Bleecker Street Media/Amazon Studios

Topics: Celebrity, TV and Film

Anish Vij
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