Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, director Michael Noer and other members of the cast and crew of the movie Papillon — a remake of the 1973 film that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman — were in Beverly Hills over the weekend for a special screening of the movie at the London West Hollywood Hotel. While talking about the film, Malek revealed that he had an “intrinsic connection” on set with Hunnam, and they were able to learn from each other every day.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Malek said that he had always wanted to work with the Sons of Anarchy star, and they challenged each other in a positive way day in and day out. Noer added that the chemistry between the actors was extremely important.
"From the quick interaction I had, Charlie Hunnam seems like a humble, stand-up guy. I asked him if he was tired yet, and he said, “No way. This is my favorite part! I love what I do.”
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— Charlie Hunnam (@CharlieHunnamFC) September 13, 2018
“If one was to look at this as a love story like I do, the chemistry between Papillon (Hunnam) and the guy is so essential. So first we were so happy that Charlie committed to the project. But then, of course, we need a ‘Julia Roberts’ if we have a ‘Richard Gere,’ so I was so happy to see Rami and it was love at first sight,” said Noer.
Hunnam said that it was a longtime career goal of his to work with Noer, and he was excited to get a call from him for Papillon. He explained that the filmmakers he likes to work with are interested in exploring the same things that he is interested in exploring, and if a director he wants to work with is attached to a project, that is 90 percent of his decision to take the role.
ORIGINAL vs. REMAKE
STEVE MCQUEEN & DUSTIN HOFFMAN
CHARLIE HUNNAM & RAMI MALEK
— Seventies Films (@70sFilm) September 10, 2018
Malek added that he was also a fan of Noer’s work, and he thinks the director gave the remake a “unique voice,” and that made it worthwhile for him to get involved with the movie, even though it was “such a daunting task.”
The Mr. Robot star also commented on the rumor that the popular USA show could be ending after season four. He said he didn’t know if the show was ending, and the cast likes to throw out rumors to cause controversy. But, he wasn’t going to add to that. Malek added that he loved the show, and he is not ready to leave anytime soon. They have not yet started filming Season 4, but USA has scheduled its release for sometime in 2019.
Hunnam also spoke about his upcoming projects, one of which is the True History of the Kelly Gang. He called it the “greatest experience” he has ever had in his career, and he says that with “zero hyperbole.”
Charlie Hunnam with fans in Fall River
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— Charlie Hunnam (@CharlieHunnamFC) September 8, 2018
He has also been spending time in Fall River, Massachusetts, preparing to shoot Jungleland, a film about two brothers. One is a boxer, the other is a gambler who bets on his brother’s matches.
During Charlie Hunnam’s time in Fall River, he has become more popular than Lizzie Borden. He has granted multiple photo requests from fans all over town, and they are now showing up all over Instagram.