According to THR, Robert Pattinson could not wait to grab the clippers and do away with his beard. And with good reason, as production has wound down for The Lost City of Z. The James Gray film was an adaptation of the 2009 novel of the same name, telling the story of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, a man who disappeared while searching for a city in the Amazon under mysterious circumstances.
Talking to the website, the Twilight star was visibly relieved to have the shoot and the facial hair well and truly behind him. "Oh god, it took forever to grow. I was so happy to get rid of it. It was disgusting, the whole thing was disgusting," said Pattinson.
"And I had lost so much weight by the end of the shoot — nearly 35 pounds, we weren't eating the entire time — that when I shaved it off, it was like I had no bottom half of my face. I was like a small, strange squirrel."
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Charlie Hunnam was never intended to be the star of the picture. Producer Brad Pitt initially mooted to have the on-screen role before he remained behind the camera, then Benedict Cumberbatch was the studio's second choice. At least until he became unavailable.
"But then his (Cumberbatch) wife got pregnant right before we were gonna (start shooting)," explained Gray. "I wasn't gonna make him go to the jungle while his kid was being born. That would make me the worst person ever."
While the British actor was Plan C for the lead role alongside Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland, Gray could not have been more complimentary to Hunnam's passion and professionalism.
"He's so dedicated," said Gray in glowing terms about Hunnam. "He lost 45 pounds in eight weeks for the movie. I love him and I have mad respect for what he went through for this movie."
Hunnam Fails To Make Premiere But Makes Selfie Video To Explain Absence
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Out and about in Montenegro on another project, Charlie Hunnam's selfie video gave the audience a fair explanation to explain his absence from The Lost City of Z premiere. Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street will give a limited release in theaters on April 21, 2017.