CHARLIE HUNNAM’S MOST STYLISH ROLES
By Sarah Kershaw, 10 April 2017
Charlie Hunnam turns 37 today. The Newcastle-born, strangely accented, sometime ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ favours simple jeans, checked shirts and well-cut suits when off duty, but has been chameleon-like on-screen since his debut nearly 20 years ago as nearly-always-naked Nathan in Queer As Folk. Here are some of his most stylish roles.
Green Street, 2005
Retro zipped track jackets, oversized grey mac, skinhead haircut – Hunnam’s wardrobe as footy hooligan Pete Dunham in Green Street could have swaggered straight off a Gosha Rubchinskiy catwalk. In a classic case of fashion’s cyclical rhythm catching up with itself, the last few years have seen the unstoppable high-fashion revival of the late 90s/early 00s variant on the terrace look. Footy scarves are everywhere, street-stylers are rocking Reebok Classics and Stone-Island clobber (you have to call it ‘clobber’, it’s the law) is seen on everyone from Green Street soundtrackers Kasabian to Drake. All this means this charming hoodlum is now surely one of the actor’s most lauded roles (despite his ‘cockney’ accent).
Crime thriller Deadfall’s reviews were, shall we say, mixed. But one thing critics should have raved about was C-Hun’s quality lumbersexual look as ex-boxer Jay, as he navigates the wintry Michigan landscape with an on-the-run Olivia Wilde. It nails midwestern style – worn indigo hoodie and matching beanie, grandad tee and one of the best checked shackets we’ve ever seen. It gets five stars from us.
Pacific Rim, 2013
Futuristic military bases set up to fight huge alien monsters require excellent standard-issue garb and Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket obliges. When he’s not topless, he slays both CGI and sartorial demons in white vests, khaki overshirts, blue cargoes, ribbed navy fisherman’s jumpers and chunky boots. It’s basically your platonic ideal of a good-quality basics arsenal. He also wears a fetching full-body articulated metal robot suit, but we won’t talk about that.
Sons Of Anarchy, 2008-2014
Jax Teller is perhaps Hunnam’s most iconic role and his staple leather vest is a contender for the dubious title of the most iconic gilet ever captured on celluloid – the only competition being Marty McFly’s red puffer. For something more wearable (although we’d never say that to Teller’s face), replicate the SAMCRO look with a customised biker jacket and make sure to include a plaid shirt for an extra shot of rough and ready Americana. His raw-denim baggy jeans and Wayfarers won’t hurt, either, and a knuckleduster or two finishes off the look with a literal punch.
Crimson Peak, 2015
Before he did Edwardian explorer style in his current blockbuster Lost City Of Z, Hunnam went old-fashioned in 2015’s gothic horror period piece Crimson Peak. His look as hero Alan McMichael was a masterpiece in brown – tan suede coat, chestnut suit, conker-toned leather gloves, chocolate-hued hat. Although that makes it the opposite of love rival Tom Hiddleston’s flashy black frock coats, the steampunk Victoriana that runs through the rest of the Guillermo del Toro fright-fest applies just as much to Hunnam’s costume, with little details like waistcoat chains and a Brylcreemed smart hairstyle elevating it to something quietly slick which eventually (spoiler alert) wins out.