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'Deadfall' Star Charlie Hunnam Admits Hotness Trumps Taboo When It Comes to Olivia Wilde

Dec 06, 2012 | 8:55am EST

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Think your Thanksgiving was painful? No matter how bad turkey time was at your house, it probably doesn’t hold a candle to the holiday celebrated in Deadfall. At the center of this dark thriller are siblings Liza (Olivia Wilde) and Addison (Eric Bana) who besides being on the lam after a casino robbery have feelings for each other that ordinary siblings don’t have.

When the two go their separate ways to shake the police off their trail, Liza meets Jay (Charlie Hunnam), a former professional boxer recently released from prison. Though it’s attraction at first sight for the two characters their budding relationship has all the ingredients of an epic disaster. Yet, when asked by, the Sons of Anarchy actor doesn’t see a little thing like incest coming between them.

“I mean, she’s pretty hot!” jokes Hunnam. “She might be a little crazy, but all you women are crazy! It just didn’t surprise me… ‘Sure, you screw your brother…’” Hunnam adds on a slightly more serious note: “No, I think they’re just very broken characters desperately trying to live in a healthier way. They need each other. I don’t think either of them on the surface realizes that, but subconsciously they maybe see in each other a way out of their personal unhappiness.”

It was the fractured nature of her character that drove Wilde to the role. “She really is, sadly, a textbook result of a really messed up childhood,” she says. “Brought up by a brother who is mentally unstable, you can’t help but be affected by that. I empathize with Liza - not because I have anything in common with her, but I feel so incredibly blessed that I had a family that didn’t screw me up. It’s a weird story. But she’s still human, just a messed up human.”

“Addison thinks he is doing the right thing,” says Bana. “He is man with a lot of conviction and I think that always makes those sort of characters scary, when they’ve got a real sense of what they’re doing is the right thing.”

As Deadfall explores the twisted journeys of Liza, Jay and Addison, what could be more exciting than bringing these three – and Jay’s folks played by Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson – together for Thanksgiving dinner? “It’s a holiday ripe for creative mining,” says Wilde with a chuckle. “You see your worst fears realized on film and there’s something thrilling about that. I mean we’re in the season of family gatherings and we think it’s going to be a nightmare. But then it’s never going to be as bad as this. Christmas dinner might be tough but we probably won’t be held at gunpoint.”

Adds Bana, ‘I’m so sick of movies that have all family get-togethers as being perfect occasions. We know they’re not, right? So we’re taking the pressure off everyone. If you can get through dinner without a shotgun at the table, you’re ahead of the curve as far as we’re concerned.”

Check out our video interviews to see more, everything from what drew Hunnam to the role, the the trio’s experience shooting the Thanksgiving meal from hell, and why Wilde calls Eric Bana your go-to guy for incest.

[Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures]


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