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Charlie Hunnam Not Returning to ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel, Because of ‘Politics’ vs. ‘Art’

"Sometimes non-creative decisions will dictate how something unfolds, which seems bass-ackwards in fact that we're making art," Hunnam says.

Pacific Rim

“Pacific Rim”

Warner Bros. Pictures

Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film “Pacific Rim” follows washed-up soldier Raleigh Becket, played by Charlie Hunnam, who is pulled out of retirement to team up with a young rookie for one last-ditch attempt to defeat the Kaiju, colossal alien monsters from an interdimensional realm that are at war with Earth. Though a sequel to the commercially and critically successful monster film is in the works, Hunnam will not be returning to the series. In an interview with Yahoo at Comic-Con, Hunnam explained that he was involved in a very early version of the sequel, but couldn’t swing it because of a scheduling conflict and cited the “non-creative” decisions that allow certain choices to be made.

READ MORE: John Boyega Will Play Lead Role In ‘Pacific Rim 2’

“They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the, you know, politics and business surrounding filmmaking,” says Hunnam. “Sometimes non-creative decisions will dictate how something unfolds, which seems bass-ackwards in fact that we’re making art, or at least aspiring to make art.” He also said that he’s excited for the film and noted that they’re “really aspiring to push this thing forward and do something original with the sequel.”

Hunnam is best known for his starring role as Jax Teller in Kurt Sutter’s FX series “Sons of Anarchy.” He also appeared as Lloyd Haythe in Judd Apatow’s short-lived series “Undeclared,” as Patric in “Children of Men,” and most recently as Dr. Alan McMichael in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.”

READ MORE: Guillermo Del Toro Is Already Planning For ‘Pacific Rim 3’ Just In Case

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Where do these Hollywood nobodies get off. Calling a cynical toy commercial aimed at not too smart teenage boys like Pacific Rim a piece of art, what a joke.


LOL, art….that’s funny. Pacific Rim was a piece of CGI fluff. Since when was it a critical and commercial “success”? You’re calling a 64 Metacritic rating a success? That’s extremely mediocre. The movie flopped at the box office here and, when accounting for marketing expenses and the cut of the box office that the theaters keep, it barely made any profit whatsoever thanks to a halfway decent haul overseas.


And his next film is James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Interesting how you didn’t mention that but did mention a series no one watched and Children of Men from years ago. SMH. Yeah, there’s no bias going on in your reporting.

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