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Thursday 18 September 2014

Charlie Hunnam: Pitt's chest is impressive

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam says no actor will ever feel body confident again thanks to Brad Pitt.

The British star plays the lead role in Guillermo Del Toro's big budget action film Pacific Rim.

Charlie described the tough training regime he underwent to get in shape for the part, although he claims his body will never match Brad's.

"I was shooting [TV show] Sons of Anarchy until two weeks before we started shooting Pacific Rim, and Guillermo said [puts on Mexican accent], 'My friend, I need you to show up looking like a man capable of saving the world!' I thought, 'Aw, f**k,' because you know, f**king Brad Pitt ruined it for everyone," he told the latest UK edition of GQ magazine. "After Fight Club, the expectation of what a dude is supposed to look like when he takes is shirt off is just so high. So I said, 'I'll try and make it happen.' So I shot 14-15 hours a day on Sons, then I would go the gym for two-and-a-half hours every day after work."

Charlie is well known for playing hard-as-nails biker Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy, a character who lives in his motorcycle leathers. In real life, Charlie has a fondness for footwear, and has built up an impressive collection of Nike Air Max 90 trainers.

"I remember in 1990, when I was ten years old, the Air Max 90s got released in the infrared colourway, that orange with the grey canvas and the white mesh on the front. But they were £100 for a pair of those sneakers and I was pretty poor, so we weren't spending that much money on sneakers in my household. But I just absolutely loved them," he explained. "So I got a little bit older and I think it was 2005 that they re-issued the infra-red colourway, which led to this insurgence of interest in the 90s. At that point, I could afford them. I don't know how it happened, but I became obsessed with buying every colourway I could get my hands on. I was a super dork. You can collect sneakers and still be pretty cool - sneakers are cool - but if you never wear them and keep them box fresh? Then you're just a dork. That's what I was: I never wore them. But I never felt indulgent buying them all because I didn't wear them. I thought they would at least retain their value, if not go up in value."

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