Charlie Hunnam Dishes on Hopes for “Character-driven” “Pacific Rim” Sequel

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
Charlie Hunnam Dishes on Hopes for “Character-driven” “Pacific Rim” Sequel

The year 2013 saw the massive success of “Pacific Rim,” a film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and that starred “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam, which raked in millions in the box office worldwide. This film is also particularly known for the grand scale visual effects that were used in the film, as monsters, or kaiju, went against humungous robots piloted by the likes of Hunnam’s character, Raleigh Becket. However, according to a recent interview with the actor, sometimes, more visual effects, although it looks grander in scale, end up sacrificing several points of an actor’s craft, such as character depth and story. The actor hopes will be resolved in the process of making the film’s sequel-“Pacific Rim 2,” Read on to learn more about how Charlie Hunnam felt about “Pacific Rim,” and his hopes for the sequel.

Hunnam became a household name ever since he starred as Jax Teller on Kurt Sutter’s hit FX drama, “Sons of Anarchy.” Since then, he was gone on to star in del Toro’s epic battle film “Pacific Rim,” and is currently starring in director Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur”.

As filming for  “Pacific Rim’s” sequel beginning in November, just in time for him to wrap up “King Arthur.” Entertainment Weekly, during a recent interview and photo shoot with the “Sons of Anarchy” star, managed to ask him a little bit about his thoughts regarding the “Pacific Rim,” and its upcoming sequel.

One thing that the actor stressed was that several important artistic points in the creation of a movie got lost in translation as it was swallowed up by the large-scale and epic visual effects that the movie had. According to him, the heavier the effects are in a film, the more that the storyline and the characters disappear. The focus becomes the kaiju and the robots themselves, and not really about the Jaeger pilots who manipulate each robot during the fights, which disappointed him a little. He felt that the characters could have been explored more, and could have been given more depth.  This, of course, stems from the fact that he  believes that the creation of the world of “Pacific Rim”, and the kaiju or monsters should be secondary to the Jaeger pilots. However, he does look forward to begin filming the sequel so that he can find and strike a good balance between epic fight scenes, and well-developed characterization of the characters, and of course, the storytelling.

However, Hunnam might not get that wish fulfilled for his character, Raleigh Becket. According to an interview with del Toro with The Daily Beast, the entire franchise was built around the character of Mako Mori, the Jaeger pilot who was Raleigh’s partner.

According to I Digital Times, del Toro believes that Raleigh’s own story arc concluded in the first film, which meant that more of the story will center around Mako.

The outlet also reported that there has already been a “Pacific Rim” prequel comic. There is another comic and an upcoming animated series that will bridge the gap and lead into the sequel. It means that more of Raleigh’s story, and of the other characters might be more fleshed out there.

Do you think Raleigh’s story is over? What else do you think can be explored with regards to his character? Do you think “Pacific Rim’s” heavy visual effects sacrificed the storyline and the characterization of the characters? What do you look forward to in the sequel? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

And that is all for Charlie Hunnam’s thoughts on “Pacific Rim”, and the upcoming sequel. For more news, updates and spoilers on upcoming movies, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.