Jared Leto went method by terrorizing his co-stars with jizz-filled condoms, a dead pig and scariest of all, his portrayal of The Joker. Christian Bale has gone method several times including the times he starved himself down to the size of a tequila worm. And Leonardo DiCaprio went method by sleeping in animal carcasses. But Charlie Hunnam went so method that it fucked with his relationship, or so he says. The Lost City of Z doesn’t come out until April 2017, but Charlie’s still hustling like he’s up for an Oscar.
The Lost City of Z is an old-timey movie about real-life explorer Percy Fawcett. Charlie plays Percy, Sienna Miller plays his wife and Robert Pattinson plays another explorer. They shot for five months in Colombia and apparently there wasn’t any cell phone service. Charlie tells Entertainment Weekly that the only way he could keep in contact with his girlfriend Morgana McNelis (the girlfriend he defended against some of his crazed fans in a video) was through snail mail. Charlie wanted to go old-school romantic by sending Morgana a letter every day, but he says the snail that operated the mail must’ve been a lazy drunk, because it was unreliable.
“We went to Colombia, and the mail system doesn’t really work very well. It’s completely unreliable. I received a letter from her, and I realized that from the tone of it and things she was saying that she hadn’t received the two letters that I sent before.”
Since the letter thing didn’t really work out, Charlie decided to turn that problem into fuel for his ART! Charlie stopped sending letters altogether, because something something bullshit something something method something something eye roll something something.
“Which obviously makes me sound like a total bastard, appropriately so. But I was very apologetic. One of the things that [director James Gray] and I felt strongly that we wanted to explore in the film was the conflict between family life and the exterior demands that are made on us and the social and economic demands that we all need to deal with in life, being balanced or in conflict with the internal drive, to be the people we want to be and achieve the things that we want to achieve.”
Charlie says he bought Morgana a somewhat cheap emerald as an apology gift for ghosting her.
“I had the benefit of shooting in Colombia, where they have rather lovely and somewhat cheap emeralds. My girlfriend is a jewelry designer, so I was able to come back with an appropriately sized gift. It didn’t remedy all of the trouble I was in, but it got me halfway there.”
You know, I take back what I said about Charlie Hunnam method-ing like no other. Because if it was Daniel Day-Lewis, he’d create a side story where his true lady love lives in a land far away. He’d catch a pigeon, teach it how to read a map and he’d also teach it how to coo in Spanish AND English just in case it got lost. He’d send his girlfriend letters that way. What an amateur that Charlie Hunnam is!