DC Wanted Charlie Hunnam To Play Green Arrow, So Why Did He Turn It Down?

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Written By Sedoso Feb

When it comes to the reason Hunnam declined the role, it sounds like it was a gut instinct choice based solely on the character’s aesthetics. “I looked at one picture and I was like, ‘I’m not sure green’s my color and I’m pretty sure spandex isn’t my material,'” Hunnam admitted. “Beyond that, I was like, one image, ‘Thanks, not interested.'” This may sound like a DC-specific dig, but take a quick glance at his filmography and it becomes clear that with the exception of “Pacific Rim” (the sequel to which Hunnam didn’t appear in) and Snyder’s upcoming “Rebel Moon” (which was not originally meant to be two parts), Hunnam seems to steer clear of franchises in general.

Hunnam’s honesty here can be seen as either refreshing and hilarious or insulting, depending on how protective you feel over your favorite superhero, but either way, it’s probably a good thing the actor turned down a part he wasn’t into during an era of blockbusters that tends to ask its actors to show enthusiasm for all things spandex and superpowered. Fans probably wouldn’t have been happy with a lead who didn’t care much about Oliver Queen, and Hunnam was free to keep working on projects he liked better, cranking out movies like “The Lost City of Z” and “The True History of The Kelly Gang,” not to mention the Apple TV series “Shantaram.”

Now that they know Hunnam is a hard pass, DC fans are free to dream up even more possible casting choices for future incarnations of Green Arrow. If the hero does appear on the big screen, it might be a while: Gunn has Superman to think about first.

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