Charlie Hunnam explains turning down Forgetting Sarah Marshall role

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

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Russell Brand has Charlie Hunnam to thank for his big Hollywood break, as it's been revealed that the latter passed on Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Kicking back with Collider recently, the Sons of Anarchy favourite spoke of the one time his "instincts" were proven right by dropping out of the 2008 comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller.

Apparently, writer and star Jason Segel originally penned the character Aldous Snow for Hunnam to play.

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

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"I went and I did the table read and it was very successful," he recalled. "I was in a dark night of the soul in my career at that point, and felt as though I needed to seize the trajectory and that just wasn't really aligning with, at that period of my life and career, what I wanted to be doing.

"Jason was one of my best friends which is why he wrote the film for me, but I had to tell him, 'I'm so sorry, I'm not gonna do this.'"

Hunnam went on to admit that his decision "wasn't very well received by the inner circle of that production," but he firmly stood his ground.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

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Turning his focus to Brand's portrayal of rockstar Aldous, the Pacific Rim actor said that he was convinced of the comedian's worthiness after watching one of his routines.

"It was just this liberating moment where I said, 'Obviously, that's the dude who should have been playing that role. Clearly, I just needed to step out of the way of the universe manifesting itself, the way that it was supposed to.'

"My relationship with Jason gave birth to that character, but there's no way I could have done it justice the way Russell Brand did."

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