The story about 1920s British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while looking for an ancient city in the Amazon, “is a film that demands to be seen in the cinema,” said Amazon’s marketing and distribution czar Bob Berney at the studio’s CinemaCon lunch today.
“It was a little bit Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now,” Berney said to Hunnam, who lost 35 pounds in playing the obsessed explorer.
“A little bit, a little bit,” said the Sons Of Anarchy actor, who regaled how the production went so far off the beaten path into the jungle, where they encountered a torrential rain that triggered a rising river, followed by lightening that struck nearby sending the crew out of the woods.
But that wasn’t the worst part for Hunnam.
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On the eve of his day off from filming, he awoke with a beetle burrowed in his ear and, “I said, ‘I’m gonna go MacGyver’,” he rcounted. To slow the beast, Hunnam dumped a Neti pot full of water in his ear and went back to sleep. After waking, the beetle still wasn’t gone. An ambulance was called, and after the non-English-speaking paramedic and the English-speaking hotel receptionist fumbled through Hunnam’s ear with a scope, the actor was shipped to the hospital.
The pic is off to a great start after festival runs with an 87% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score. It opens April 14 from Bleecker Street.
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