Charlie Hunnam Was Originally Supposed To Play Aldous Snow In “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

Charlie Hunnam Was Originally Supposed To Play Aldous Snow In “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

    Charlie Hunnam Was Originally Supposed To Play Aldous Snow In “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

    “He wrote that role for me.”

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    is a hilarious 2008 rom-com starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, and Jonah Hill.

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    83% rating

    The film instantly became a fan favorite with audiences around the world — it even earned an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Well, despite me watching it multiple times and it being over a decade old, I just found out that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam was originally supposed to play a major character in the film.

    Charlie Hunnam attends the "Jungleland" photo call during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

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    Collider

    During a recent interview with Collider , Charlie revealed the role of Aldous Snow was initially written for him, but he eventually turned it down. Now, he’s explaining why.

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    “Jason Segel wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall for he and I to do together, and he wrote that [Russell Brand] role [Aldous Snow] for me.”

    Charlie Hunnam and Jason Segel attend Spike TV's "Guys Choice 2014"

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    “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.”

    Charlie Hunnam attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword"

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    “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.’”

    Charlie Hunnam attends the premiere of Amazon Studios' "The Lost City Of Z"

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    The 40-year-old Newcastle native admitted that his decision didn’t go over well with the people involved with the film, but he knew he had to do what was best for the trajectory of his career.

    Charlie Hunnam attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lurker Productions' "Love, Antosha"

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    Charlie said “things were really difficult” for him the following months and year after that, but then he randomly stumbled upon a Russell Brand Christmas stand-up special with his mom, which soon reassured him that he made the right decision.

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    “It was just this liberating moment where I said, ‘Obviously, that’s the dude who should have been playing that role.'”

    Charlie concluded, “There’s no way I could have done it justice the way Russell Brand did.”

    Actress Kristen Bell, actor Paul Rudd, writer/actor Jason Segel, actress Mila Kunis, actor Russell Brand, and director Nicholas Stoller attend Universal Pictures' World Premiere of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

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    Wow, learning new info like this truly makes me look at films differently. Now, an image of a rock-inspired Charlie Hunnam will be living rent-free in my mind for days to come.

    To learn more about Charlie, be sure to check out his full interview with Collider.

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