Thursday, December 10, 2009

Now Let's Listen To What Charlie Has To Say

Over at EW they caught up with one of my favorite hot pieces Charlie Hunnam and asked him what's the deal with this Vlad script he sold. Apparently it's a realistic take on Vlad the Impaler and has no vampire nothings in it. He says it's sorta Gladiator-esque (only, you know, hopefully good). The director coming on board, some video guy named Anthony Mandler, got the project a green-light by showing off some 300-esque test footage, whatever that means (Vlad in leather diapers?). Charlie flaunts all the historical research he did, telling us a bunch of Vlad's life, and then when asked about casting he says this:

EW: Who do you envision as Vlad?

Hunnam: As I was writing it, I vacillated between thinking about myself playing the role as a fantasy [laughs], and Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. Particularly Farrell. There’s something very roguish and bad boy about Vlad, and I know Colin a little bit, and I think he has some of the characteristics that would be essential for playing this guy. I love Ryan Gosling, I think he’s just incredible, but I never really thought he would be 100 percent right. The thing about Vlad is, he wasn’t a conventional ruler. When he took his throne back after his father had been murdered, he did that using a contingent of gypsies, murderers, and thieves that he found in the forest; he didn’t hire mercenaries. He had a real affinity for the darker side of society. I think he felt like he was an outcast, too, in a lot of ways. I think Farrell would be fantastic.

EW: Having watched you on Sons of Anarchy, Vlad sounds perfect for you.

Hunnam: Listen, it would be a dream come true for me to play this role. But I’ve had my heart-broken so many times that I’m not kidding myself that there’s any real potential. There’s a reality to making this type of film and how much it costs, and I’m just not a big enough name to justify that type of budget right now.

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