Charlie Hunnam 2017: 'King Arthur' Star Admits Starving Self To Play Steve McQueen Character In 'Papillion'

7:03 AM EDT 4/7/2017 by Anya Bell, Celebeat Reporter

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Charlie Hunnam has certainly taken pains to portray Henri Charriere in the upcoming remake of the film "Papillion". The "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" star will be taking on a character that was once played by Steve McQueen in 1973. So how exactly did Hunnam prepare himself to look like a prisoner planning an escape with "Mr. Robot" Season 3 actor Rami Malek? The "Lost City of Z" star admitted that he starved himself to "look like a skeleton."

In a recent interview with Mr. Porter, Charlie Hunnam discussed his upcoming projects and even admitted that he developed a crush on David Beckham while working on "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword". In addition to that, Hunnam spoke about filming in Serbia and Montenegro for "Papillion", which is based on the autobiography by Henri Charriere. According to Hunnam, he ended up denying himself any food and only consumed coffee.

"I just ended up chain-smoking cigarettes and drinking black coffee all day, every day," Charlie Hunnam revealed. However, the "Papillion" star was also quick to point out that his method was "not the healthiest way to lose weight."Nevertheless, it certainly sped things up so Hunnam could appear skeletal in the film.

Charlie Hunnam may have no qualms just smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee to survive "Papillion" but what was it about "Fifty Shades of Grey" that scared the actor away? After all, the "Lost City of Z" star had famously bowed out of the sexy project just a month after filming. Hunnam shared that it had more to do with preparing for the role of Christian Grey just five days after wrapping up on "Sons of Anarchy". Nevertheless, the new King Arthur insists he does not regret his decision.

Fans can look forward to two Charlie Hunnam films this year. "The Lost City of Z" will premiere on April 14 while "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is set for release on May 12, as per CeleBeat.

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