Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, 30, is shirtless in the November issue of Men’s Fitness. We’ve already covered Hunnam’s hairy, buff cover appearance, but now that I have access to the full article and photos I felt the burning urge to revisit it. In the article, there are more shirtless pictures along with some details on Hunnam’s on-the-go bodyweight workout. He also shares a story about how he single-handedly wrestled a giant intruder at his house and threatened him with death by machete. Of course he never called the police and the tale sounds somewhat bogus to me, as if he’s trying to live up to his character’s reputation. He also tells a sad story about how the real life guy who inspired his Son’s character, Jax, was shot dead before he could ever watch the show. Here’s more from lovely Brit Charlie:
His exercise and diet routine
He strives to keep his workouts gritty, hardcore and raw. He works long hours – up to 15 hours a day – and must be creative to find time for his training. Sometimes he’ll swim a mile, other times he’ll squeeze in workouts at his house using body-weight moves alone. It helps that he keeps his diet clean, sticking to lean protein and natural foods. The secret to a long and happy life? “Drinking vegetable juice every day,” he says.
Lately, he’s caught the Bartendaz bug, adopting a program created by a group of guys in Harlem and Brooklyn who work out rigorously at playgrounds and in parks…
On the inspiration for his character
To prep for his role, Hunnam hung out with outlaw bikers in Northern California. “There was a kid I met in this club who was exactly who I was hired to play. He was the son of a man in the motorcycle club, he’d grown up in the club, every one of his birthday parties had been thrown in the clubhouse. I wear exactly the shoes he wore, the jeans he wore. He had a very powerful impact on me. He was an amazing guy.” And he was shot dead before Sons started production, hence the bullet necklace [Hunnam wears]. “I wear it for him – to remember the flavor he taught me.”
On how he caught a robber and sent him packing
A few weeks before sitting down with Men’s Fitness, he was sitting in his home office at 1 a.m. when he heard rustling in his house. [in LA]. Picking up his machete he keeps in his office (yes, he keeps a machete in his office), Hunnam walked down the hall and bumped into a burglar. “He was about 5’10″, 245 pounds – a beast,” Hunnam says, who stands 6’1″ and weighs 180 pounds. “I pinned him to the ground and said, ‘Dude, I’m not going to f*ck you up this time, but if you ever come near here again, literally, they’ll never find your body – I’ll cut you in so many pieces.’” Then without calling the cops, he released the intruder, who never came back.
[From Men's Fitness, print edition, November, 2010]
He’s lucky the robber didn’t have a gun, although this story sounds fake to me. It would be such an easy tale to make up in order to increase his street cred and it’s so cliche – he wrestled a big dude to the ground and scared him off with a machete! Where did he put the machete while he was wrestling him? Did he set it aside, only to pick it up again? It’s so bogus. As I’ve said in our earlier coverage on Hunnam, I don’t get the impression that he’s all that mature for 30. He doesn’t seem like a total dick or anything, but he’s no Alexander Skarsgard personality-wise. He’s sure nice to look at though.
There are even more jaw-dropping photos in Charlie’s spread. You can pick up Men’s Fitness on newsstands in the US and you can buy it digitally for your computer or iPad (and zoom in!) on Zinio.com.