Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

LOS ANGELES—It was interesting to watch Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, buddies in real life and playing brothers in the movie “Triple Frontier,” seated together in our recent interview at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Paired together, the handsome actors often stroked their beards, clasped their hands or leaned forward at the same time.

“He was doing that to me yesterday,” Charlie, 38, said about Garrett, 34, playfully imitating his moves. Laughing, Charlie admitted, “It f***ed me up.”

But on that afternoon, the two seemed to be spontaneously in sync with their gestures.

Not surprisingly, Charlie (as William “Ironhead” Miller) and Garrett (Ben Miller) play brothers in director JC Chandor’s testosterone-heavy action-adventure for Netflix, “Triple Frontier.”

Add Ben Affleck (Tom “Redfly” Davis), Oscar Isaac (Santiago “Pope” Garcia) and Pedro Pascal (Francisco “Catfish” Morales) and you have five former US Special Forces operatives who reunite to stage a heist—rob a drug lord in South America.

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

For a change, these dudes go on a dangerous mission for themselves, not for their country. Of course, twists and surprises test their skills and loyalties to each other.

Asked if they have been mistaken for each other, the English Charlie answered, “Funny enough, no. But when we spend a lot of time together, people would always ask us if we were brothers. But I’ve never gotten like, ‘Are you that guy from ‘Friday Night Lights’?”

“No,” Garrett confirmed. With a smile, the American actor added, “And I just like that Charlie’s response is always, ‘Yes, we are brothers. Which one do you think is younger (laughs)?’”

“You know, these roles weren’t originally written as brothers,” Charlie stressed. Garrett finished Charlie’s answer: “Pope (Oscar Isaac) and Redfly (Ben Affleck) were meant to be brothers.”

Charlie shared, “JC (Chandor) was talking to both of us. But he felt that we looked so similar and have a similar sensibility that it would be distracting to have us onscreen together. Then, he had this eureka moment and that he could change the script, write us as brothers and hire us both.”

On their roles, Garrett described his as: “I play Ben Miller, the younger brother to Charlie’s character. We’re all with Special Forces with every ability that you’re taught within the Special Forces. We are able to accomplish any task that the military asks. And we’re brought together for this mission, which seems impossible.”

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

Charlie: “I portray William Miller, a guy who had a strong purpose and dedicated his life to developing an extraordinary skill set. And now, he’s still in the prime of his life and completely disillusioned because he has no outlet.”

Since the movie revolves around the guys’ daring plan to steal millions of dollars in a drug kingpin’s house, we asked what their relationship to moolah was, especially during their struggling years as an actor.

“Money is a huge motivating factor until the moment that it’s not,” Charlie replied first. “Then, you realize that a lot of what you attributed to your desire for should be attributed to some existential quandary that you have, trying to derive some sort of meaning from your existence.”

Garrett recounted, “The first time Charlie and I met was at a poker tournament in his backyard. So money has a lot to do with our relationship at the beginning of our careers together (laughs). Charlie said it first, that he realized he disliked me, then I realized that I also disliked him.”

Garrett continued, “When I first got to LA, I remember one film in particular that Randall Wallace was directing. They said they were interested in me, but they were particularly interested in this Charlie Hunnam because he’s so worldly.”

Garrett joked, “And I came from Newcastle, Minnesota. (He was born in Roseau, Minnesota.) Charlie is the one who is from Newcastle upon Tyne.”

“United Kingdom, Great Britain,” Charlie emphasized, laughing.

“Charlie just got back from Vietnam and he owned swords,” Garrett added. “I had a little apartment with some Ikea furniture, maybe just a futon. He had a house (laughs). I grew up in northern Minnesota in a very small town with two stoplights.

“To be able to get to do this job and work with friends in these particular films and the locations we got to work in—it’s quite incredible.”

Charlie pointed out, “The perception of how much happiness and stability money will give you and the reality of it is so disproportionate.

“I secretly felt that my character, Ironhead, is the only one who really understood why he was going on this mission, which was, he knew he was floundering without his brothers, and without a deep purpose. That mission gave him a sense of substance in his life.”

On what was the most expensive thing that he recently bought for himself, Charlie shared, “I don’t care about cars, but I got a nice car [three years ago]. It was an Audi A6 which is sort of midrange, but it’s still much nicer than anything I’ve ever driven.

“What money does is buy you the freedom to be able to spend your time the way you want to spend it and not be beholden to uncaring machinery. That is the way capitalistic society can enslave and rob you of your personal freedom.”

Garrett Hedlund (left) and Charlie Hunnam —PHOTOS BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

For his part, Garrett said, “I would buy an island just like Tim McGraw’s.”

Charlie asked, “Where is his island?”

Garrett answered, “I’m not supposed to disclose.” (It’s in the Bahamas, according to Architecture Digest, which featured this island home of Tim and his wife, Faith Hill.)

But for now, Garrett cited his “house in Los Angeles” as his biggest expense. “I’m happy settling down. I’ve lived so minimalist. I was always appreciative of living in very small spaces because I thought it made me feel bigger in a way, or made me go out and see the world more because … I didn’t want to stay in there because I felt confined.

“But when I bought a house, I’d wake up and do things all around the house. I found I wasn’t leaving my home for days and weeks.”

“It’s such a good point because you do become beholden to the things you own,” Charlie said. “And if you have a large house, you’re going have to look after that house.”

And with that, Garrett and Charlie again stroked their beards pensively. At the same time.

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The world premiere of Netflix’s Triple Frontier was action-packed both on and off the screen. On the screen: Stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal served guests shootouts, fist fights, riddle-solving reconnaissance, and first-rate adrenaline rushes in the jungles of Colombia. Off the screen: Throngs of guests braved the impending snowstorm, waiting in a line that wrapped around Columbus Circle as New York City public school cancellations were coming in via phone and email.

When asked about the cast, director J.C. Chandor didn’t hesitate to gush about the powerhouse crew, which included actor-director Affleck. “This group of people was more than I could ever ask for, frankly. I got a handful!” Chandor said. “When Ben came on, it just felt like he had done the whole superhero world and had a lot of pressure coming from that side of the business, and I think he was excited to come back and play a person … he was just perfect for it.” Affleck plays a retired special ops veteran who gets offered a deal too good to pass up. He and some fellow veterans, played by Isaac, Hunnam, Hedlund, and Pascal, switch the war-hero narrative and utilize their cutthroat skills to steal cash from a Colombian drug lord. In keeping with the cash-hoarding theme, the red carpet was wallpapered with bundles of bills. Mesmerized, quite a few people (myself included) flipped through the bills to see whether the cash was real! (Alas, it was not.)

Despite the male-heavy theme, it wasn’t a complete boys’ club. The female lead, played by Adria Arjona (True Detective), held her own as Yovanna. Arjona told Vogue that it was refreshing to play the character. “We’re seeing a lot of Hispanics being portrayed as sexy mamasitas, and this is a reflection of a true Latin American, a humble woman. She’s only trying to find a better life for her and her brother, and I think it’s so relatable to the women in my country.” Half Puerto Rican and half Guatemalan, the actress spoke her native tongue in the film. (Arjona would tease Chandor about his shaky ability to roll his R’s.) “I love [being in Colombia] because it was my language. To speak Spanish and feel that Hispanic flavor, I feel very much at home.” For the event, Arjona wore an Oscar de la Renta gown. “I felt it was important to wear a Hispanic designer tonight.”

After the screening, guests made their way from the Jazz at Lincoln Center theater around the corner to the after-party. Dog tags granted partygoers top-secret access. Up above, a replica of the getaway helicopter in the film served as a chandelier; down below, guests found themselves in their own jungle adventure in the middle of New York City. Confronted with palms and banana trees, any thoughts of snow melted away.

The action packed Triple Frontier premieres in select theaters on March 6th and arrives on Netflix on March 13th.


With his previous three films, J.C. Chandor announced himself as a sharp and talented director, crafting compelling dramas and drawing stellar performances from A-listers. Now he’s following up Margin CallAll Is Lost and A Most Violent Year with Netflix action-drama Triple Frontier, assembling a star-studded cast including Ben AffleckOscar IsaacPedro PascalCharlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund. They play a group of former special ops soldiers facing financial hardship, choosing to resolve their situation by pulling off a heist against a notorious Colombian cartel kingpin. Safe to say, it won’t be easy.

Speaking in the new issue of Empire, Chandor explained that Triple Frontier balances action spectacle with character drama and underlying social commentary, exploring the impact that military experience has on war veterans – and the wider US population. “In my mind, the film was a play on some of those action movies with a kind of moral or ethical dilemma at their core,” Chandor tells Empire, “as well as an idea of masculinity, and what makes you valuable to yourself, your family and society.”

Read more about Triple Frontier in the Captain Marvel issue of Empire, on sale from Thursday 24 January and available to order online here.

Don’t miss the audience award winner at Sundance 2018 at The ScreenWednesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM and meet director Andrew Heckler.

Starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Oscar Nominees Tess Harper and Tom Wilkinson this inspiring true story deals with Mike Burden, a rising leader in Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away from the Klan when the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for the better life they can build together.


The first trailer for the action-packed Triple Frontier has been released!

The Netflix film stars Ben AffleckOscar IsaacCharlie HunnamGarrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal.

Here’s the synopsis: A group of former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.

Triple Frontier will hit Netflix and select theaters in March 2019.

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a racy first look at Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) and Kelly Macdonald (No Country For Old Men) in Oz-UK drama Dirt Music.

Shoot began last month on director Gregor Jordan’s (Buffalo Soldiers) movie,adapted from Tim Winton’s novel by Jack Thorne (The Aeronauts). Producers are Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn) of Wildgaze Films and Angie Fielder (Lion) and Polly Staniford (Berlin Syndrome) of Australian outfit Aquarius Films.

The novel charts the illicit romance in a tightly-knit community between a fragile woman named Georgie and a mysterious young poacher. When Georgie’s partner gets wind of the tryst a chase ensues between the two men across Australia’s remote and unforgiving terrain. David Wenham also stars.

Film4 developed the project with Wildgaze Films and are financing along with Screen Australia, the West Australian Regional Film Fund, Screenwest and Ingenious MediaCornerstone Films is handling international sales at the American Film MarketFocus Features acquired rights in Australia and New Zealand where Universal Pictures will distribute. Executive producers are Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith and Lauren Dark for Film4 and Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious.


Tim Winton adaptation, marking Gregor Jordan’s first film in Australia in 15 years, has attracted an exciting local and international cast.

Following the success of Breath, another Tim Winton novel gets the feature film treatment with Dirt Music going into production this week in Bardi Jawi country in the Kimberley, Western Australia and will continue on Noongar country in Perth and Esperance, Western Australia.

Playing the lead role of Georgie is Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men, The Bookshop), unhappily living with widower Jim (David Wenham) and falling in love with enigmatic loner Lu, to be played by Mudbound‘s Garrett Hedlund. Australians in the supporting cast include Aaron Pedersen, Chris Haywood, George Mason, Dan Wyllie and in her acting debut, musician Julia Stone.

Director Gregor Jordan hasn’t made a feature film in Australia since 2003’s Ned Kelly, but it’s not for want of trying. After making a splash with his debut Two Hands, Jordan has worked in the US (Buffalo Soldiers, The Informers, Unthinkable), and on Australian and US TV and commercials, but feature film work has been few and far between.

Described as a gritty, sexy drama with a haunting love story at its heart set against the powerful backdrop of Western Australia’s evocative landscape and a film about people whose hopes and dreams are lost, and the redemptive power of love, the 400+ page Dirt Music novel has been adapted by Brit Jack Thorne (Wonder, the upcoming The Aeronauts and The Sandman), and produced by Wildgaze Films’ Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (An Education, Their Finest), and Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder (Lion) and Polly Staniford (Berlin Syndrome).

UK’s Film4 developed the project with Wildgaze Films and are financing along with Screen Australia, the West Australian Regional Film Fund, Screenwest and Ingenious Media. Cornerstone Films will handle the international rights and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming American Film Market. Focus Features acquired the international rights in Australia and New Zealand where Universal Pictures will distribute. Executive producers are Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith and Lauren Dark for Film4 and Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious.

Dirt Music is a classic Australian story set in a fictional small West Australian fishing village, and it’s exciting to have a second Tim Winton film adaptation showcasing this beautiful part of Australia to the rest of the world,” commented Head of Content at Screen Australia, Sally Caplan, in a press release. “I’m sure this talented creative team and cast will do a brilliant job at bringing this popular and iconic Australian story to life.”


Charlie Hunnam and Oscar Isaac just wrapped filming on their new movie Triple Frontier!

The co-stars were spotted working on the flick on a beach on Tuesday afternoon (May 22) in Oahu, Hawaii.

They were also joined by their cast mates Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.

The group was seen while filming a car chase segment, which they eventually escaped by hopping on a boat.

At the end of the final scene, the cast and crew were reportedly heard cheering and congratulating each other.

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