Charlie Hunnam has spoken out about why he decided to quit Forgetting Sarah Marshall after the first table read, despite the character of Aldous Snow being written for him.
The actor, 40, was the first choice to play the British rock star in the movie, which eventually ended up going to Russell Brand.
Charlie told Collider that Jason Segel had written the part of Aldous specifically for him, but he wasn’t feeling the movie at that point in his career.
He told Collider: ‘Jason Segel wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall for he and I to do together, and he wrote that role [of Aldous Snow] for me.
‘I went and I did the table read and it was very successful. Judd was producing. I was in a dark night of the soul in my career, at that point, and felt as though I needed to seize the trajectory and that just wasn’t really aligning with, at that period of my life and career, what I wanted to be doing.
‘Jason was one of my best friends, which is why he wrote the film for me, but I had to tell him, “I’m so sorry, I’m not gonna do this.”’
He admitted the news he was pulling out ‘wasn’t very well received by the inner circle of that production’, but says his decision was ‘nothing personal’, but he felt that he wanted his career to go in a different direction.
Charlie added that he knew he had made the right choice in letting Russell take over the role when he saw the comedian do stand-up and realised he was the perfect choice for Aldous.
He explained: ‘I didn’t know who Russell Brand was, but I saw this piece of stand-up that Russell Brand did on Christmas day with my mom.
‘It was just this liberating moment where I said, “Obviously, that’s the dude who should have been playing that role. Clearly, I just needed to step out of the way of the universe manifesting itself, the way that it was supposed to.”
‘My relationship with Jason gave birth to that character, but there’s no way I could have done it justice the way Russell Brand did.’
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which came out in 2008, was one of Russell’s first movie roles and which led on to other projects including Get Him To The Greek and Rock Of Ages.Credit: Original article published here.