Charlie Hunnam journeys from ‘Pacific Rim’ to ‘Crimson Peak’

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British actor Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim,” TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”) stars as brilliant man of science, Dr. Alan McMichael, who is ruled by his heart as much as his head…and consumed by a fascination with the supernatural, in Universal Pictures’ suspense thriller Crimson Peak.

Always a perfect gentleman, the well-bred ophthalmologist has been smitten with Edith (Mia Wasikowska) since they were children. When he returns from his studies abroad to open a practice in his hometown, he finds that those feelings for his childhood love are strong as ever. Although Edith doesn’t acknowledge his advances, Alan sets out across the ocean to her rescue when he realizes that Edith is in grave danger.

Director Guillermo del Toro had planted a seed for future collaboration with Hunnam while they were still working on “Pacific Rim.” Shortly after they wrapped that film, Hunnam received an email from the director asking him to look over the script and consider the role of Dr. McMichael, one of 20th century Buffalo’s most dashing young bachelors. Hunnam was flattered to be considered for the role of the young physician smitten by Edith. The character was decidedly different from many of the characters he had played in the past: antihero types.

He recalls thinking that it was a nice surprise to be considered for a character who is “more thoughtful and quiet, a sensitive and smart guy.” Del Toro described Dr. McMichael to him as a modern character, the exact opposite of the old-fashioned his rival, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Hunnam offers that del Toro requested that he remain true to himself. In fact, from the moment that Hunnam got out of bed, went through makeup and stepped onto set, the director asked him to maintain his energy, his spirit, his movement just as they were.

Hunnam appreciated that the production was such a narrative-driven one, and quite enjoyed that del Toro was getting back to his earlier roots. He reflects: “’Crimson Peak’ is similar to the vein of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Cronos’ and `The Devil’s Backbone’—all the great work that Guillermo has done in Spanish.”

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes Universal Pictures’ gothic romance “Crimson Peak” starring Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”), two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Interstellar”), Tom Hiddleston (“Thor” series) and Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim”).

In the film, when her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind the place called Crimson Peak. Here, they will discover the power that love has to make monsters of us all.

Crimson Peak opens across the Philippines on October 14, 2015 as distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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