With The Lost City of Z now playing in New York and Los Angeles and expanding nationwide April 21st, I recently sat down with Charlie Hunnam to talk about the making of the film. During the interview, he talked about the logistical challenges of making the film, how he got involved in the project, what it was like working for writer-director James Gray, how it was a passion project for all involved, and a crazy day on set where a bolt of lightning and a massive thunderstorm forced them to evacuate their location.
If you’re not familiar with The Lost City of Z, the film is based on David Grann‘s best-selling book, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon”, and it tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages”, the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
Loaded with exceptional performances, breathtaking cinematography, and a fantastic script, I absolutely loved the film and strongly recommend checking it out when it’s playing near you. It’s definitely one of my favorite films of 2017. For more on The Lost City of Z, you can read Chris Cabin’s glowing review.
Check out what James Gray had to say in the video above and below is a listing of what we talked about followed by some images from the film.
- Has he sent a gift or a thank you card to Benedict Cumberbatch?
- Talks about how he got involved in the project.
- Is there a day or two he’ll always remember from the making of the film?
- Talks about a bolt of lightning hitting a tree about 20 feet from where he was standing and getting knocked on his ass.
- How this was a passion project for everyone involved.
- How they made this movie using old fashioned filmmaking.
- The challenges of shooting on film and what that means to him.
- What’s coming up in 2017?
- Talks about what it was like working with James Gray.