The drama-thriller series Shantaram, starring Charlie Hunnam, premiered on Apple TV+ on October 14.
Hunnam plays Dale Conti, an Australian philosophy student and paramedic who ends up in prison after a bout with drugs that led to an armed robbery conviction. Facing accusations of being a snitch, he escapes from prison, assumes the name Lindsay ‘Linbaba’ Ford and goes to India to hide.
While on the promotional trail, the actor talked about ‘getting rough’ while shooting the thrilling ride series, and how he’s now taking on the role of ‘full-time writer’ for the next project he’s currently working on.
Promo mode: Charlie Hunnam, 42, opens up about being covered in bruises after ‘getting rough’ while filming a scene from his new drama thriller series Shantarum
Shantaram was created by Eric Warren Singer and Steve Lightfoot and is based on a semi-autographed novel of the same name by Gregory David Robert.
Set in Bombay in 1982, Hunnam’s Lin ends up befriending a busy tour guide Prabhu (Shubham Saraf), and spending time getting to know a cast of characters in a local bar full of foreigners who for various reasons make their way to the Indian have made town. , according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As Lin begins to soak in the culture, he finds himself drawn into a world full of saints and sinners that he may not fully understand.
And it doesn’t take long for viewers to see the inner workings of a city of dreams and opportunity, as well as corruption and temptation.
Thrill ride: In Shantaram, Hunnan plays an honorable Australian man who breaks out of jail and then assumes a new identity and goes to India to hide
Playing a man on the run who now lives in a foreign country, the British actor confessed that he was covered in bruises after filming a certain scene where he came ‘lifting up’.
‘First I would be hanged by my wrists, and they would beat me. And if you make contact with the floor, the impact will not behave as it should, in terms of physics,’ said Hunnam, 42, during an interview with SiriusXM’s Pop Culture Spotlight with Jessica Shaw.
After revealing how his body didn’t move enough for the scene, they came up with the idea of using his body ‘like a punch bag’ to get it the way they wanted.
‘So I said, “We just have to do this, you know.” So I ended up with my whole torso black the next day because it absorbed so many punches and kicks in that sequence,’ he admitted.
Tolls of the job: The British actor opened up about using a human ‘punch bag’ to get to work on one particular scene, which resulted in him being covered in bruises; he is pictured in a scene with co-star Antonia Desplat
It seems that Hunnam may have a high tolerance for pain, considering that he confessed that he secretly had thoughts about being a fighter.
‘You know, there’s a part of me that, as absurd as it is, would have loved to be a mixed martial arts fighter,’ he told Shaw, adding: ‘I study martial arts and I’m very much into that world. ‘
While referencing his beat while shooting Shantaram, the former Sons Of Anarchy star added: ‘That was my one day to be in the octagon and take 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. .
Episode six of Shantaram dropped on Apple TV+ November 4, with each additional show being added every Friday until the season finale on December 16.
Next project: Hunnam also revealed that he will spend the next six months writing a miniseries, in which he came up with the original idea, which he recently sold
For his next project, Hunnam is working on a miniseries, in which he came up with the original idea, which he recently sold.
As a result, he took the next six months off his schedule to implement these ideas and write the episodes.
‘It’s about value. Overall, it’s about value,’ he explains SiriusXM’s Shaw, before you change directions not to give too much away about the story.
‘What I am most interested in exploring is broken value structures. How we put a lot of emphasis on status, wealth, beauty, as opposed to feeling,’ he explained, adding: ‘Self-determination theory, it states that man needs three basic things to be happy. To feel competent in what they do, to feel connected to others and to feel that they have basic freedom over the trajectory of their lives. And these are intrinsic values that far exceed the external values of status and wealth.’
Not only is Hunnam writing the miniseries, he also plans to star in the production.
‘And so I think of myself as playing a version of making the mistake of putting my value system, turning my value system upside down. That’s all I can tell you.’