In 2017 he arrived at the cinema bow tie, remake of the 1973 film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. The story follows Henri Charrière’s attempts to escape from his imprisonment after an unjust life sentence. The role, however, subjected Charlie Hunnam to a great physical effort.
The actor he had recently finished filming Lost Civilization when he was called to the set of Papillon. To make the most of the convict victim of suffering and hardship aspect of his character, Hunnam decided to don’t put the weight back on that you lost for the filming of David Grann’s film but, rather, try to persevere in his loss of kilos. This led him to lose almost 18 kilos during the making of both films, going from his canonical and routine 82 kilos to 65.
The choice made by Hunnam for Papillon it’s almost a habit for other well-known faces in Hollywood. For Le Mans ’66 Christian Bale lost almost 30 kilos, confirming himself as the actor who, over the years, has used physical transformation as his main weapon. The same technique was also adopted by Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and by Natalie Portman who lost 10 kilos to play the lead dancer of The Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky. According to many the technique of slimming and fattening (of which the greatest master in the history of cinema was Robert DeNiro) is a way to help the interpreter identify with the character.
To learn more about the 2017 remake, we recommend our review of Papillon with Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. What do you think? Tell us about it in the comments!
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