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It's easy to forget, but on-screen chemistry isn't always the same as real-life chemistry. The film set is technically an office -- a big, expensive, glamorous office -- and sometimes co-workers just don't get along. Occasionally these can evolve into something more, such as being the centerpiece of a pretty good FX drama (Feud), but most of the time the actors just do their scenes and move on. So seems to be the case with Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson of all people, who Hunnam believes didn't really like his co-star during their time filming The Lost City of Z.
I didn't spend any time with Tom or Robert. I wanted these relationships to evolve naturally on screen. Through the work, I don't think I said more than ten words to Robert [Pattinson] off camera. I didn't know if he was just 'in that zone' or if he genuinely didn't like me. There was a real distance between us. But it creates the right dynamic on screen.
Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson will share the screen together in the upcoming The Lost City of Z from Amazon Studios. Hunnam leads a cast that also includes Sienna Miller and Tom Holland, and Hunnam recently chatted with Screen Daily at the Berlin Film Festival about the movie. When asked what it was like to work with the cast, Hunnam was surprisingly honest and said that he didn't really spend any time with them off-camera, wanting their relationships to evolve on-screen. But it seemed like Pattinson wasn't too interested in becoming friends anyway, because the two didn't share more than 10 words with each other.
The former Sons of Anarchy star admits that maybe Robert Pattinson was just trying to get into character, but whatever the case is, it apparently created the "right dynamic on-screen." As mush as we'd like for everybody to get along, at the end of the day, the movie being good is really all that matters. Besides, things don't seem to be too bad because as Charlie Hunnam later explains:
He's reached out to me subsequently, making overtures for us to be friends now, so I think it was about the work.
That Robert Pattinson is just all business.
The Lost City of Z is based on the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century to find an ancient lost city and is never seen again. The film is written and directed by James Gray and has accumulated positive reviews. Here's the trailer if you'd like to learn a bit more about the movie.
The Lost City of Z is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017.