Actor Charlie Hunnam (Son’s of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) wanted to have an authentic experience when filming The Lost City of Z in Columbia.
To play the 19th-century explorer Percy Fawcett, Hunnam decided to method act and replicate by cutting himself off from the rest of the world, including his girlfriend. While he originally planned to write a letter a day to his girlfriend, the shoddy Columbia mailing system meant that she would only receive some of the letters.
“We went to Colombia, and the mail system doesn’t really work very well,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s completely unreliable. I received a letter from her, and I realized that from the tone of it and things she was saying that she hadn’t received the two letters that I sent before.”
So eventually he decided to just give up and fully replicate Fawcett’s experience of being separated from his loved ones during the five month shoot.
“Which obviously makes me sound like a total bastard, appropriately so,” Hunnam said. “But I was very apologetic.”
When he returned home, Hunnam brought back an emerald from Columbia for his girlfriend, who is a jewel maker.
Now Hunnam is under attack for his “sexist” method acting. The Mary Sue claims Hunnam has joined “the long list of actors who are awful to women in the name of method acting.”
“Can we all please agree that this is not acting?” The Mary Sue said. “I refuse to believe that ignoring his girlfriend helped his performance in any way.”
They also compared Hunnam’s transgression to Dustin Hoffman, who slapped Meryl Streep on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer to get her authentically mad at him.
But at least the brave anonymous commenters on the original EW story were having none of it. To summarize the sentiment, Charlie Hunnam is a sex god and would be much better off in the loving embrace of some of the random anons in the comment section.
Hmmm, FIVE complaints against her jewelery business. And she was once arrested for running an illegal marijuana business. In California of all places! Charlie clearly belongs with LivingLargeinParadise instead.
Watch out LivingLargeinParadise, moonrivers is coming for your man.
What the man-hating writers at The Mary Sue need to understand is that handsome, successful men like me and Charlie Hunnam sometimes need some alone time to focus on their craft. Hell, I haven’t called my mom in TWO weeks. If men always had to be writing to the most important women in their lives, we’d never get anything done and wouldn’t be able to be so handsome and successful.