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‘Shantaram’ Boss: How Charlie Hunnam’s ‘Emotional Vulnerability’ Helped Him ‘Embody’ Lin (Exclusive)

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Charlie Hunnam is returning to tv eight years after Sons of Anarchy ended for the riveting Apple TV+ sequence Shantaram, the place he performs an Australian fugitive named Lin who flees to India to begin over. Creator/govt producer Steve Lightfoot praised Charlie’s efficiency whereas talking EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife about Shantaram, which is predicated on Gregory David Roberts‘ 2003 novel.

“I used to be an enormous fan of Charlie’s. I assumed he had carried out such an excellent number of work,” Steve instructed us concerning the 42-year-old British actor. “He was truly hooked up to the present once I got here onboard. I used to be an enormous fan of the e-book myself, and the truth that he was hooked up was one more reason why I wished to do it,” he added.

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Charlie Hunnam in ‘Shantaram’, premiering October 14 (Photograph: Apple TV+)

Steve, who created the 12-episode drama triller sequence with Eric Warren Singer, defined how Charlie’s numerous performing expertise helped him nail the position of Lin. “He’s only a very proficient actor. He’s received this improbable mix of motion robust that he can ship, but in addition emotional vulnerability when it’s required that match the Lin character completely,” Steve stated. “He’s this man that’s torn between doing dangerous, loopy issues, after which additionally being actually tortured by the after-effects of that and always having to cope with his personal nature. I simply thought Charlie embodied that completely.”

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Charlie Hunnam with Antonia Desplat in ‘Shantaram’ (Photograph: Apple TV+)

In Shantaram, Lin escapes an Australian jail and relocates to Bombay within the Nineteen Eighties, however he’s nonetheless removed from secure. He falls for Karla (Antonia Desplat) and types a friendship with Prabhu (Shubbham Saraf). The e-book is instructed in a first-person perspective, in order Steve identified to HL, the Apple series is much less “restrictive” in the case of exploring the backstories of different characters.

“I feel we work very arduous to offer each character their very own story and nobody ever simply being a aspect kick to another person’s story,” Steve instructed us. “We comply with tales with out the Lin character in them.”

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Charlie Hunnam and Shubbham Saraf in ‘Shantaram’ (Photograph: Apple TV+)

Steve has excessive hopes that Shantaram will preserve viewers on the sting of their seats, even those that have learn the e-book. “I hope they don’t see what’s coming and so they unpeel the layers. I feel that’s what’s so nice about tv. Depth of character and the way a lot we are able to take the viewers on a experience with somebody,” Steve defined. “And I hope they only love the breath and scale of the present and that world we placed on there. It’s a world I haven’t seen on tv earlier than and I hope individuals love being dropped into it.”

Shantaram premieres its first three episodes on October 14 on Apple TV+. New episodes will likely be launched Fridays by December 16.

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