How Charlie Hunnam nailed his Australian accent for the new Apple TV+ series Shantaram

British actor Charlie Hunnam was named Sexiest Man Alive and is best known for his hit series Sons of Anarchy.

After a string of film roles, he returns to the small screen for the Apple TV+ series Shantaram.

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Based on the international bestselling novel, Hunnam plays an Australian refugee living in Bombay in the 1980s.

“The accent is very difficult,” he told Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew.

“You in Australia make sounds like nowhere else in the world!”

Luckily, Hunnam enlisted some help to get it right.

Charlie Hunnam in Shantaram. Recognition: Apple

“I had a wonderful dialect coach and lots of Australian friends who helped me, but honestly I think I probably got about 75 percent of the way there,” he said.

“I have a weird accent myself, it’s half English half American and my whole life everyone has thought I’m Australian.

“I have a lot of families in Melbourne – I first came to Melbourne when I was two years old and stayed there for six weeks, so I’ve been coming to Australia my whole life.”

Shoot Shantaram

The streaming series brings Gregory David Roberts’ 936-page book to life in 12 episodes, with an epic story spanning from Melbourne to Mumbai.

Filming in multiple countries presented a unique set of challenges, particularly given the COVID-19 pandemic and an unrelenting monsoon season in India.

Hunnam also had his own health issues but carried on.

“We were shooting in India, (and) I had a two week period where I got a really bad respiratory infection, bacterial and intestinal infection, I had an ear infection, conjunctivitis in both eyes and a bad mosquito bite and got sick at the same time with dengue fever – and all over a period of two weeks,” he said.

“The show has to go on – I haven’t missed a day of work in 23 years – (even if) you’re on the verge of death, you’re in show business, you go to work, no matter what.”

With Edwina Bartholomäus

Shantaram launches on Apple TV+ on October 14th

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