Charlie, I don’t expect you to remember, but we previously spoke for “Pacific Rim” —
Hunnam: I remember.
— where you collaborated with Guillermo del Toro. You’ve been fortunate to work with so many great directors. Do Guillermo and Zack have any similarities, or are there stark differences instead? We know they’re both brilliant directors, but what have you taken from both of them?
Hunnam: There are some similarities. They’re both obviously master filmmakers. They both draw and realize their vision prior to shooting with a pad of paper and a set of pencils. They both create enormous universes, and unlike some directors that create big universes where it’s all CGI, they both like to create as much practical in the immediate vicinity that the actors and the directors are going to be working in. There are a lot of similarities.
Guillermo’s process is a lot more precise. Zack’s process is a lot more rock and roll, [like], “Let’s get out there and figure this out. Let’s go make love to it, and who knows what’s going to happen?” That’s the vibe on set. Not to say one’s better than the other, but I loved working with Zack.
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This interview has been edited for clarity.