On the set of Arthur, Hunnam was reunited on film for the first time in 15 years with his old Queer as Folk costar Aidan Gillen. “He was probably the most instrumental person in shaping my perception and process of the film business. He`s got such integrity and he`s so singular and uncompromising about what he wants his career to be and in pursuing that. To be exposed to that in my first-ever job, in my introduction to the business of film, was a really handy thing. Learning that lesson from him prevented me from having to learn it from my mistakes.”
Gillen sent him an email after they finished filming. “It was lovely actually”, he says. “Just saying, ‘It`s been really wonderful to be on set and watch you do your thing. You`ve grown up so much and been leading on set’”
There was a famous scene where I showed Charlie Hunnam, who played Nathan, what rimming was all about. Filming that took a lot of trust. But the sex was an essential part of the character and the drama, and I always saw it as a story of empowerment. In the past 15 years I’ve met a lot of people – men and women – who said Queer as Folk helped them get their confidence. I’m pretty proud of that.