Robert Pattinson & Charlie Hunnam undertake acting experiment on set of The Lost City of Z
I know quite a few questionable media sites ran with the “Robert Pattinson Snubbed Charlie Hunnam” story because they just love their clickbait. For those of us who follow Robert’s career, we just knew that everyone loves working with him and clearly the comment may have been taken out of context. Slant Magazine interviewed Charlie Hunnam and his response sounds more plausible than the clickbait sites. Here’s the extract:
You and Robert Pattinson didn’t speak on set, as I understand you both wanted to meet on screen as your characters without distraction and “go method.” How would interacting with him off set during filming have detracted from your performance?
I’m not sure if it would’ve detracted, but I was always, long before I was involved with this project, interested in the idea that a relationship could exist exclusively between “action” and “cut,” and how that would be as an acting process. It was something I wanted to explore, and with this film, because the requirements were so extreme anyway, and it was in a lot of ways the best opportunity I’d ever been given, I was determined to do everything I could to make the most of it. To honor the gift. Then specifically with Rob, these two characters meet on screen, they don’t know each other prior to the beginning of the story. We shot the film almost sequentially, so it lent itself in an easy way to doing this acting experiment. Rob is really serious about what he does, and I think he also felt the weight of the opportunity. We were excited to do something a little unorthodox and see what would happen. If it wasn’t working, I think we would’ve reevaluated.
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