Some fans may remember John Boyega way back in 2011 with the well received flick Attack the Block, but the 25-year-old actor became a bonafide star thanks to his work in the latest Star Wars films. Boyega is know stepping his game up another level as a producer and lead actor of Pacific Rim Uprising.
“What Pacific Rim does is it gives an answer to those monsters that we’ve grown up watching,” said Boyega who was seen in last year’s release Detroit. “So we love King Kong. We love Godzilla, but if they are going to attack us what would we have? We have the Jaegers, so seeing that face-off is like getting a ticket to the best boxing match ever!”
Click on the media bar to hear Boyega talk about the international appeal of Pacific Rim Uprising.
Co-starring Scott Eastwood, Pacific Rim Uprising opens nationwide March 23.
Aside from the ability to play the always complex Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy, actor Charlie Hunnam has found a sense of fulfillment by picking up one of the show’s most necessary skill sets: bike riding.
During the recent Sons of Anarchy session at the Television Critics Association Tour, Hunnam talked about how SOA’s bike culture has shaped his own experience.
“Living in Los Angeles, as I’m sure you all know, it’s kind of frustrating to get around,” said Hunnam. “And so much so that it really inhibited my desire to go out into the world and I just had this epiphany the first day on set on riding a bike around that this is the way I really want to get around. I just love it. There’s this sense of freedom and a sense of being a part of the environment around you. It’s fun riding a bike.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Hunnam, who was seen this summer in Pacific Rim, talk about the joy of riding a bike (SOA creator Kurt Sutter is heard at the tail end of the clip).
A new season of Sons of Anarchy begins September 10 on FX.
The jail arc on Sons of Anarchy is still hard to take for many SOA fans, since it signaled the final chapter of troubled soul Opie Winston, the most loyal member to the club even though he lost his father and his wife in the middle of all this madness.
Ryan Hurst, who brought an intense and inspired dedication in capturing Opie’s spirit, is surely missed on Sons of Anarchy, and although the series essentially centers on the rise and inevitable fall (and rise again) of Jax Teller, it was Opie (I suppose SOA fans simply call him “Op”) who served as the true moral compass of the crew. Although he is now the king of the roost, Jax has ventured deeper into a violent abyss, and without Opie serving as his barometer, Mr. Teller’s obsessions should continue to weigh him down.
“When (Opie) got killed it was a tremendous hard period of his life,” said Hunnam. “He wrote this beautiful essay called ‘The Last Rites of Opie Winston’ when he got killed…as a catharsis he was trying to figure out how to fill this huge void that he felt and he said that every actor has this graveyard of characters that he carries around with him. And that’s part of the job.”
To hear Hunnam elaborate on his feelings about eventually saying goodbye to Jax Teller (as well as his thoughts on Hurst’s essay on Opie Winston), click on the media bar below:
Charlie Hunnam and his fighting robot essentially save the world in the new film Pacific Rim, a Guillermo del Toro directed epic which continues the filmmaker’s passion for creature features.
The film also features Ron Perlman, one of the director’s most trusted actors. Hunnam and Perlman also have a close bond, as the pair serve as the leads for FX’s successful series Sons of Anarchy.
During the Pacific Rim interviews, Mr. Hunnam discussed where the new season of Sons of Anarchy is headed. “We’re well into the third act of the show now so it’s the time, as third acts demand, where we start to come up with real resolutions,” said Hunnam. “So I think it’s going to be a very, very bloody and dramatic and hopefully exciting conclusion to this thing.”
Click on the media bar to hear Hunnam talk about his deep affection for Sons of Anarchy:
The new season of Sons of Anarchy premieres on September 10th.
Charlie Hunnam is best known for his first rate work on Sons of Anarchy, but it’s his latest role in Pacific Rim which should garner the actor an even wider fan base. Mr. Hunnam, who first gained notice as a cast member on the underrated and short-lived series Undeclared, also had the lead role in Nicholas Nickleby and had scene stealing work in Cold Mountain and Children of Men.
But it is Pacific Rim which will be watched by millions of people, and it’s amazing to see how far he has come from his days living in Newcastle upon Tyne.
“I would often retreat into film,” said Hunnam, who joked that he felt like he was an existential child, even at five years old. “I just loved watching films and being transported into these worlds that I felt like I wanted to live in myself. At some point, those two things became connected.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Charlie Hunnam talk about his youthful days in Newcastle upon Tyne: