Charlie Hunnam Kept Sneaking Into ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Set After It Ended

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If you thought Charlie Hunnam couldn’t get any cuter, think again. He just painted the sweetest picture of himself getting all sentimental with… the Sons of Anarchy set. Charlie Hunnam was so attached to his character, Jax, and the memories of filming for 7 years, that he used to sneak back into the studio just to have a moment!

Charlie Hunnam Didn’t Want Sons of Anarchy to End

“It was actually quite emotional for me, living and loving that guy for eight years, to have to finally put him to bed,” Hunnam admitted to Glamour. “I found myself going back to set a lot. I knew the security guards and for a couple of days said, ‘Oh, I forgot something’, so they’d let me onto the set, and I’d just walk around at night because I wanted to be in that environment and go through a personal process of saying goodbye. After a couple of nights I didn’t really need the alibi to get in, and then after a while I just said, ‘OK, enough, this is done.’ ”


Hunnam also mentioned that women tend to be his number one demographic.

“Our key demographic on Sons Of Anarchy was predominantly female,” he said. “…I’ve always been well-received by the female audience.”

And men will sometimes recognize him from Sons and try to pick a fight with him!

“You’ve just got to rise above that and walk away,” he said. “…I don’t feel like I’ve got a lot to prove. It’s usually alcohol-fuelled and you can just tell these guys are not dudes who are taking this seriously. It’s a guy who goes out on a Saturday night, has a few beers and wants to throw a punch.”

Hunnam’s Current Project Is Shantaram

Hunnam, is currently producing and starring in AppleTV’s Shantaram, a story about an Australian who gets wrapped up in a crime scene in 80s Bombay. He worked with a writer to adapt the show from a lengthy (nearly 1,000 page) novel that he read 7 years ago of the same name.

Charlie Hunnam recently told Access Hollywood that Shantaram has some elements that may draw in fans of Sons of Anarchy.

“I think that there on the surface, I would say the two similarities between the shows is their both high-quality television shows. You know, they really put a lot of time and expertise and money into making this show. And Apple supported us magnificently every step of the way. And it also invites an audience into a world that most of us have never seen before. You know, there is a little bit of money, murder, and mayhem within the show as we progress. Which is obviously coming to be my specialty after all these years.”

Shantaram Isn’t Another Sons of Anarchy… But There Could Be Another Sons of Anarchy!

However, if you’re looking to fill your Sons of Anarchy void, don’t expect Shantaram to do that.

Hunnam added, “I think at their heart, they’re very, very different. You know, Shantaram is a lighter show. It’s more accessible. The central theme is love; you know? I’m not quite sure what the central theme of Sons was by the end. It got very dark. I can only judge it from my own perspective as an audience member and I love both shows. So, hopefully the audience will too.”

But, when asked if there might be a Sons spin-off, Hunnam gave some hopeful insight.

“I have an idea that I’m exploring in its infancy,” the Queer as Folk star revealed. “That could be a possibility. And it would be something that I’d be incredibly excited about. So, we’re sort of — like I said, we’re in the infancy of exploring the viability of the idea. But next time I talk to you hopefully I’ll have more information on that.”

Hunnam Is Pivoting Towards Screenwriting, Has Multiple Projects In the Works

We reported not long ago that Hunnam had officially announced his intentions to switch career paths and veer more towards screenwriting rather than simply acting. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Hunnam said that he had several projects he was already working on. One of those was a TV show based on his father, William Hunnam, and inspired by people he grew up around in Newcastle, England.

“I’m trying to pivot basically full-time after Shantaram into becoming a writer,” he told THP.

Hunnam also didn’t discount continuing to act. He just wants to have more of creative input into his projects from now on rather than play a character in someone else’s artwork.

So, the idea of a Sons of Anarchy spin-off featuring Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller again isn’t too far-fetched. He just needs the time!

But We Have to Wait

He mentioned that his writing projects likely wouldn’t come to fruition until he was finished with Shantaram. As far as the timeline for that goes, to give perspective, it likely won’t be immediate. Hunnam pointed out that, because the TV adaptation is aiming to stay true to the novel, it requires more than one season to tell the whole story. Season 1 only gets about 1/3 of the way through the book.

“I’m starting to get some real traction and I hope to unveil some of this stuff over the next couple of years,” Hunnam told TPH.

Hopefully one of those projects is the Sons of Anarchy spin-off!

Until then, you can enjoy Hunnam on Shantaram. And just know that Hunnam is a busy guy, so we’re lucky to get what we get. Between living on a farm with his girlfriend on the outskirts of LA, screenwriting, focusing on health and nutrition, and having as much sex as possible, he still makes time to show his gorgeous face on camera for us normal people.

What a guy.

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