Charlie Hunnam admits he found it so difficult to say goodbye to his Sons of Anarchy character Jax he kept making up excuses to return to the set.
The British actor famous played Jax Teller, who fully embraced the motorcyclist lifestyle.
For those unaware, the premise for the show follows Teller, who struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club - Sons of Anarchy, aka SAMCRO.
By played the role for such a long time, seven seasons in fact, the thought of having to play a different character was something he found pretty difficult.
Two months after finishing the final season of Sons Of Anarchy, Hunnam said he felt 'emotional'.
In 2017, he told Glamour: "It was actually quite emotional for me, living and loving that guy for eight years, to have to finally put him to bed.
"I found myself going back to set a lot.
"I knew the security guards and for a couple of days said, ‘Oh, I forgot something’, so they’d let me onto the set, and I’d just walk around at night because I wanted to be in that environment and go through a personal process of saying goodbye.
"After a couple of nights I didn’t really need the alibi to get in, and then after a while I just said, ‘OK, enough, this is done’."
The actor has undergone a successful career ever since, and in his new series Shantaram, Hunnam plays an Australian fugitive named Lin Ford who lives in 1980s Bombay.
Speaking candidly about having to change accent 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.
"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
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