Shantaram star Charlie Hunnam
If you could only talk with Charlie Hunnam for 11 minutes, what would you ask?
That's how long I had with the UK-born actor, who was recently in Toronto promoting his new AppleTV+ series Shantaram.
The 42-year-old former Sons of Anarchy star plays quick-thinking jailbird Lin Ford on AppleTV+'s new big-budget drama. Ford's motto: escape or die.
Hunnam is also a producer on the series, which is based on the semi-autobiographical international bestseller by Gregory David Roberts. Roberts broke out of an Australian prison and disappeared for several years in Bombay. Hunnam wanted to make sure the 12-episode drama captured every nuance of Roberts' book.
Why just 11 minutes? That's just how these press deals work. Other reporters were also waiting to speak with the actor, whose credits extend back to his teen years on Queer as Folk and Undeclared.
This episode does include a review of the series plus a story or two on the merits of saying yes to short interviews, including that time I was given five minutes to speak with Bill Maher.