Charlie Hunnam’s experience of filming in India sounds horrific


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Charlie Hunnam attends the Shantaram premiere in Westwood, California on October 3, 2022. (MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Charlie Hunnam went through hell to get last year’s Apple TV+ series Shantaram finished.

Ultimately cancelled by the streamer after just one season, this 12-episode thriller featured Hunnam in the lead role of Lin Ford, who flees to Bombay after escaping Australia’s Pentridge Prison.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, 43, provided an entire list of bodily traumas he experienced while filming out in India.

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“I got a bacterial gut infection, a viral gut infection, an acute respiratory infection,” he said. “I had conjunctivitis in both eyes, an ear infection and dengue fever from a mosquito bite.”

CHARLIE HUNNAM in SHANTARAM (2022), directed by BRONWEN HUGHES, BHARAT NALLURI, STEVE LIGHTFOOT and IAIN B. MACDONALD. Credit: Anonymous Content / Paramount Television / Album

Hunnam played Australian fugitive Lin Ford in the Apple TV+ thriller series. (Anonymous Content/Paramount Television)

As if that wasn’t horrific enough, Hunnam’s subsequent gig on Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon (which’ll hit Netflix this Christmastime) found new ways to destroy him.

“I have a totally exploded S1 and S2 that are torn wide open, 100 percent dehydrated. It’s going to take two years to heal and I have a 40 percent tear on the ligament on the right side that holds my spinal column in place,” the Sons of Anarchy star revealed.

“I was training really hard because the part has some big, physical requirements. I wasn’t listening to my body and giving myself enough time to rest while trying to get as big as I could as quickly as I could.”

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Hunnam, whose other physically demanding credits include Pacific Rim and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, went on to admit that he’s “less tolerant” of injuries nowadays, but accepts the “intrepid nature” of his work goes hand in hand with bashes and bruises.

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