The Netflix action flick Triple Frontier has had its share of problems since before cast and crew started filming less than a month ago. And, in the last few days of shooting, star Charlie Hunnam nearly flew overboard while filming a dangerous boat scene and ended up completely drenched.
According to The Daily Mail, Hunnam appeared to be in a good mood and happy to be back on land while he smiled and dried himself off after his impromptu ocean dive. Also, in the boat during the scene were Hunnam’s co-stars Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal, who were carrying fake weapons when a massive wave nearly knocked them and the crew off the raft.
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Producers Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, and Andy Horwitz have faced some severe challenges with the making of Triple Frontier. Original cast member Mahershala Ali pulled out of the project because of scheduling issues, and Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum simply walked away at the last minute.
Paramount Pictures started the project – with a script from Mark Boal that his Hurt Locker partner Kathryn Bigelow was supposed to direct. But thanks to the departure of studio chief Brad Grey and a subsequent management overhaul, they dropped the film because of reluctance to make another political crime drama.
Then, Netflix picked it up when Paramount let it go, and now J.C. Chandor is directing the movie. Ben Affleck has also returned to the project after allegedly returning from yet another stint in treatment for alcohol abuse.
Chandor has recently updated the original Boal script that gets its title from the setting in the once-dangerous Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil border zone. And, they are shooting the project in Hawaii, Colombia, and California.
Another Hunnam project that is coming soon is the remake of the 1973 prison drama Papillon, which originally starred Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen, and is based on Henri Charriere’s 1969 autobiography with the same name.
The reboot stars Hunnam and Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek and recounts the events that happened in Charriere’s life after French courts wrongly convicted him of murder. After he attempted to escape from various prisons, they sent him to the infamous Devil’s Island penal colony in Guiana.
Devil’s Island was notorious for its harsh conditions and extremely high mortality rate, and it housed the worst of the worst. It also had the reputation for being inescapable. Charriere’s story follows his time on Devil’s Island where he strikes up a friendship with Louis Dega – a convicted forger – and then eventually escapes.
Many people over the years have questioned the authenticity of the story, with many believing it to be a work of fiction. Charriere named the book Papillon, which is French for butterfly, because of the tattoo on his chest.
Catch Charlie Hunnam in Papillon on August 24th.