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Episode 379: Nerdist Podcast
Charlie Hunnam
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Nerdist Podcast: Charlie Hunnam

The wonderful Charlie Hunnam comes on the show talk about how he formed the character of Jax on Sons of Anarchy, growing up in England, and his new movie Pacific Rim, in theaters July 12th!


  1. maureen says:

    wow! intense man.  acting must be the ideal escape of reality.  I envy you. 

  2. Valentina says:

    Thanks!! I love SoA and Charlie Hunnam is not only the sexiest man alive!! He is super down to earth and interesting… I hope we see much more of him in the future and after SoA! It would be awesome if he got to make his Vlad movie!
    This is a great interview! Thanks Chris!

  3. beate says:

    I am a huge Fan of the SONS, so thanx for bringing Hunnam in.

    But besides him being in the show, what a terrific interview, so interesting and real.

    Thanx guys, this is a real treat.

  4. NinjaSpy says:

    That was freakin awesome!!! I was really expecting at least some mention of QasF, especially given what Charlie said about his father. Growing up with that type of dynamic, I would love to know what the reaction was to his taking on that role. So, slightly disappointed there was none of that, buuuuuut, over all, that was a blast. Loved it. Great job Mr Hardwick. Well done. Embrace your tiny Donkey.. .

  5. David says:

    Great interview.
    I’ve noticed a lot of people in the North East of England look like vikings. Maybe a remnant from the days of the Danelaw. Could explain the Scandivnavian intonation in the accent too.
    All power to Charlie for taking on the burglar scum and defending himself and his home. I just hope the law’s more sensible over there and doesn’t victimise innocent people who defend themselves.

  6. Bianca says:

    You can tell how passionate he is about his “Vlad” script. Awesome interview, great insight on Charlie. Great guy…

  7. Maria says:

    Great interview.

  8. Reyna says:

    I think joseph gordon levitt imitates heath ledger so good people should see him acted out they messed up by picking him for robin instead of new joker I would bet anything on it that hed the new joker

  9. NM says:

    The Vlad story was awesome, I remember reading about it. I like the way he’s said it, great storyteller. 1st time on, liked the podcast, keep up the good work!

  10. Blake says:

    Finally catching up on past episodes, and as usual this one is another gem. Hunnam as Luke would be legit. But if I’m extending the future Star Wars movies into expanded universe, I’d like to see him as Cade Skywalker, Luke’s deathstick consuming bounty-hunting great grandson (?) in the SW: Legacy comics

  11. Li Boar says:

    Oh my God, I’m Romanian and a Nerdist fan and I SO WANT this movie with Vlad to happen and make up for all the terrible Vlad=Dracula associations in media BS… Charlie, never knew ya before Pacific Rim, but please, make it happen! I’d be happy to put kickstarter money into this. Oh yes I would.

  12. Ben Z says:

    I really want to see a good Vlad the Impaler movie and his sounds awesome. Someone make this happen! Nerdist Films?!

  13. damocles74 says:

    Fantastic podcast. If I may weigh in on the subject of violence, I believe an alright man once said, “Well, they tell ya, ‘Never hit a man with a closed fist.’ But it is, on occasion, hilarious. “

  14. Harry in TO says:

    Great interview, Charley Hunnam is super cool and Chris did a great job. Cheers!

  15. CharleyJ says:

    Loved his work for the BBC. Some of the period dramas are avail on the BBC website and/or PBS. Fell head over heels in the Russell T Davies production of the original Queer as Folk. Brilliant British television.

  16. Ashley says:

    “You can’t half hit someone with a machete.”
    Awww dammit, lol.

  17. Tyler says:

    At first I think I actually had negative interest in this. Didn’t care about Sons, don’t know much about Pacific Rim, never heard about Charlie. However, it was a really fun, interesting, and often hilarious interview and I am glad that I was bored enough to listen. So, thanks for doing a great job!

    Also, I feel like this comment has an inappropriate amount of negativity, but I don’t know how to more clearly articulate my original feelings. So please take this as the compliment that it is meant to be.

  18. Luke Warm says:

    I’ll second/third/infinity what everyone else has said: ‘Green Street’ was awesome, ‘Undeclared’ was great, ‘Sons’ is fantastic. I’m looking so forward to ‘Pacific Rim’.

    “Oy! C&nt!”
    “We got business, mothafucka?”

  19. KrakenAttack says:

    I just did a little sketch of Charlie as Vlad for the fun of it.

  20. This fella’s crazy

    and no… we haven’t got business.

    you mentalist.

  21. When Heath Ledger died Hunnam is the first person I thought of if they decided to recast the role.

  22. Caspar says:

    I’m surprised anyone from the UK doesn’t know he’s British, he was in the massively influential Queer as Folk on Channel 4. He also featured in Children of Men where you can hear his natural geordie accent!

  23. Your Mother's Special Friend says:

    @p thompson, 3 quick points. First, he clearly states that the town is no longer like that. Second, most of those stories were clearly set on the 60’s. And third, even two human beings living on the same street can have totally different point of views of the town they both live in.

  24. Ian Hand says:

    Loved this episode. I’ve been a huge fan of Charlie Hunnam ever since I saw Green Street Hooligans. He was amazing on Undeclared and is amazing on Sons of Anarchy. Can’t wait for Pac Rim!

  25. Jacquie F. says:

    Chris you should do more Guillermo del Toro impressions on the podcast

  26. Mescalineous says:

    Cus if you are you’re probably barking up the wrong forest. For God’s sake man, there’s easier ways to get tickets!

  27. Mescalineous says:

    Just to be clear…you’re looking for someone to break your legs for you, right?

  28. I’m looking for a ticket to the live Podcast on July 20th. I had one up on my computer screen, got into an important phone call at work, when I came back to buy it a few hours later it was gone. All that is left is wheelchair seating. If anyone can help me out please email I was planning on driving from SF to catch the Podcast. Thanks.

  29. Melissa says:

    love charlie , so addicted to sons of anarchy and i can’t wait to see pacific rim on friday…

  30. Sharon LaRosa - Fulginiti says:

    Thanks so much for this interview. I am a writer working on a book now. CH is someone that I really look up to. He is brilliant and very talented. I love to hear about his ideals and his future projects. Wish that he was online via Twitter cause I could have chances to chat with him personally. So many things I want to ask him like does he really write hip hop music? I had a dream once that I was so stinking cool & brought Charlie to met Rza. Best frigging dream ever ! Thanks again for sitting him down! Much love from South Jersey …

  31. Justin Biske says:

    The Vlad the Impaler script sounds amazing! I’d much rather see that than another BS Hollywood take on Dracula. I just finished Deadwood last night and couldn’t be more disappointed. All we need is a 30 second scene of Hirsh’s carriage right outside of town getting blown up. Have one of Al’s henchmen throw a stick of dynomite and say “Al Swearengen says goodbye.” Only thing this podcast was missing was bringing up Green Street Hooligans. Great episode without Matt and Jonah, but if they were there I know they would have brought up the Ron Perlman / Del Torro connection from his first film “Cronos”. Great episode!!!

  32. jorren says:

    This was an ok episode, until they start talking about vlad. THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE PODCAST AMAZING. I love hearing people not just talk about their projects but what they are truly passionate about. Vladcast.

  33. Sandy says:

    What an awesome podcast!
    How amazing is Charlie? Such a great storyteller. (Teller, gerrit!?)
    I really hope he gets to make Vlad. 😀 I’m a huge fan of his (Charlie, not Vlad) and I believe he has the golden touch, he could do anything he puts his mind too. And make millions doing it.

  34. Michelle says:

    What an awesome interview…love me some Charlie!!

  35. Spencer says:

    MC Frontalot needs to do the show!

  36. p thompson says:

    Just amazed to find that Charlie Hunnam is from Newcastle. Didn’t know him at all and was actually surprised he was english- don’t know how he sounds to the US- but to me he’s a weird trans Atlantic thing mostly US with some irish and occasional north east english vowels- but was expecting he must have moved to the states when he was about 4, but from wikipedia he must have relocated at 17ish. Was more surprised to hear the grim description of newcatle as a bleak mining and shipbuilding town. These industries were on their way out when he was born. I’ve lived here most of my life and never felt it was that bad- and i’m 15 years older than him so I should have seen worse. There has been amazing regeneration in recent years, so he obviously hasn’t been back recently. Just doesn’t sound like the newcastle I know, and coming from that accent, i didn’t buy it. But maybe he’s just the sort who adapts quickly- in voice and thought. But if you’re going to talk about YOUR town- at least visit once in a while and see what’s happening now.

    • Paul M says:

      His description of the city is pretty accurate although his story of the doors sounds more like the late eighties to early ninety’s to me. The last coal mine in the city closed in December 85 and the last ship yard  in the early ninety’s. The heavy industry and the manufacturing base began closing down from the late seventy’s all the way to the early ninety’s. The city has changed a great deal but the west end is still the west end  and the Bigg market is still the Bigg market, Charlie visited the city a year or so before this podcast. I know because I met him a genuinely nice guy by the way and my report of the city and its decline is genuine. As I worked at the last coal mine in the city to close down but there where still others in the surrounding are such as bates and Ellington to name but two,  As a Lemington lad himself he knows what he is talking about  and while you may question his recollection you can not question his veracity I feel.

  37. TheDVDGrouch says:

    What an awesome episode Mr.Hunnam is a great talent I love him on Sons Of Anarchy & I really hope the rumors of him playing a big name Superhero turn out to be true.

  38. Wildride says:

    They find the actor that looks the part, etc. and is willing to lie through his teeth about whether he can ride the horse, or swordfight and whatever, then he learns to actually do it once he’s cast.

  39. Courtney says:

    First time ever on this PODCAST and wow I like it pretty sweet and Charlie Hunnam was amazing on the show

  40. mc900 says:

    Katie’s and all girls listening- panties go damp at around 1:05.
    -Charlie’s break in story.

  41. amysrevenge says:

    Loving the Vlad backstory. Normally I can do my work with Nerdist in my ears, but I found myself staring into the screen for the whole duration. :)

  42. frankmint says:

    That was great. Big fan of CH since Nicholas Nickleby.

  43. Jon says:

    Matt and Jonah are always missed when they can’t make it but Chris and Charlie were both great on this one on one.

  44. SteveFromAccounting says:

    Green Street was a great movie.

  45. StevefromAccounting says:

    Wait….he’s grew up in England?….I’m now all the more impressed by his acting in SoA. Great A(loner) episode sir. As always, nerdist makes my Monday a bit better. Now if I could just figure out why it keeps saying paper jam when there is no……

  46. Kraken Attack! says:

    I really hope he plays John Constantine in Del Toro’s “Justice League Dark” movie. I fell in love when he mentioned a Vlad The Impaler movie based on the very real Romanian ruler who’s true story is unarguably far more interesting than Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

  47. NeuroMan42 says:

    Amazingly awesome episode… Check your Asshole.

  48. theFnand says:

    I for one would watch the Vlad the impaler movie. It’s been attempted before with a version featuring Peter Weller, but it could stand a successful retelling. Then do the Elizabeth bathory story….please.

  49. Curtis says:

    I always said if they actually made the effort to make a good Tekken movie, Hunnam would be a great casting choice for Steve Fox.

  50. Doug says:

    Damn! White hot fire!