Charlie Hunnam Opens Up About “Getting Roughed Up” On Shantaram Set And Being A Human “Punch Bag”

The drama thriller series Shantaram, starring Charlie Hunnam in the lead role, premiered on Apple TV+ on October 14.

Hunnam plays Dale Conti, an Australian philosophy student and paramedic who ends up in jail after a drug binge that leads to an armed robbery conviction. Accused of being a snitch, he escapes from prison, takes the name Lindsay “Linbaba” Ford and goes to India to hide.

While on the promotional track, the actor opened up about “getting roughed up” while filming the thrill ride, and how he’s now taking on the role of “full-time screenwriter” for the upcoming project on which he is currently working.

Promo mode: Charlie Hunnam, 42, talks about being covered in bruises after ‘getting roughed up’ while filming a scene for his new drama thriller series Shantarum

Created by Eric Warren Singer and Steve Lightfoot, Shantaram is based on a semi-autographic novel of the same name by Gregory David Robert.

Set in Bombay in 1982, Hunnam’s Lin ends up befriending a hard-pressed tour guide Prabhu (Shubham Saraf) and spends time getting to know a cast of characters at a local bar full of foreigners who have been to the Indian city for various reasons. , according The Hollywood Reporter.

As Lin begins to absorb the culture, he finds himself drawn into a world filled with saints and sinners he may not fully understand.

And it’s not long before viewers can see the inner workings of a city of dreams and opportunity, as well as corruption and temptations.

Thrills: In Shantaram, Hunnan plays an honorable Australian man who breaks out of prison then takes on a new identity and heads to India to hide

Thrills: In Shantaram, Hunnan plays an honorable Australian man who breaks out of prison then takes on a new identity and heads to India to hide

Playing the role of a man on the run who now lives in a foreign country, the British actor admitted to being covered in bruises after filming a particular scene where he ‘mistreated’.

“First of all, I was supposed to be hanging from my wrists, and they were supposed to beat me. And if you have contact with the ground, the impact will not behave as it should, in terms of physics, ” said Hunnam, 42, during an interview with SiriusXM Pop Culture Spotlight with Jessica Shaw.

After revealing that his body wasn’t moving enough for the stage, they came up with the idea of ​​using his body “like a punching bag” to make him react the way they wanted.

“So I said ‘We just have to do this, you know. So I ended up having my whole chest black the next day because he absorbed so many punches and kicks during that streak,’ he admitted.

Labor tolls: The British actor explained that he was used as a human 'punching bag' in order to make a particular scene work, which left him covered in bruises;  he is pictured in a scene with co-star Antonia Desplat

Labor tolls: The British actor explained that he was used as a human ‘punching bag’ in order to make a particular scene work, which left him covered in bruises; he is pictured in a scene with co-star Antonia Desplat

It seems that Hunnam has great endurance for pain, considering he confessed to secretly thinking about being a fighter.

“You know, there’s a part of me that would have loved, absurd as that is, to be a mixed martial arts fighter,” he told Shaw, adding, “I study martial arts and I am very into this world.’

While referencing his beating while filming Shantaram, the former Sons Of Anarchy star added, “It was my only day in the octagon and I took a good beating.”

Along with Hunnam and Saraf, Shantaram also stars Fayssal Bazzi, Sujaya Dasgupta, Antonia Desplat, Elham Ehsas, David Field, Matthew Joseph, Rachel Kamath, Alyy Khan, Elektra Kilbey, Shiv Palekar, Luke Pasqualino, Vincent Perez, Gabrielle Scharnitzky and Alexander Siddig. .

Shantaram episode six dropped on Apple TV+ on November 4, with each additional show added each Friday until the season finale on December 16.

Next project: Hunnam also revealed that he will spend the next six months writing a mini-series, in which he had the original idea, which he recently sold

Next project: Hunnam also revealed that he will spend the next six months writing a mini-series, in which he had the original idea, which he recently sold

For his next project, Hunnam is working on a miniseries, in which he had the original idea, which he recently sold.

As a result, he took the next six months off his schedule in order to flesh out those ideas and write the episodes.

‘It’s a matter of value. In general, it is a question of value,” he says. SiriusXM Shaw, before changing direction so as not to say too much about the story.

“What interests me most are broken value structures. How we kind of value status, wealth, beauty as opposed to sentiment,” he explained, adding, “Self-determination theory states that human beings have need three basic things to be happy. To feel competent in what they do, to feel connected to others, and to feel that they have fundamental freedom over the trajectory of their lives. And these are intrinsic values ​​that far exceed the extrinsic values ​​of status, of wealth.

Hunnam is not only writing the miniseries, he also plans to star in the production.

“And so I think playing myself in a version of making the mistake of putting my value system, reversing my value system. So that’s all I can tell you.

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