Alpha, Bravo, Charlie

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie
Hunky Heroes: Charlie Hunnam (above) stars as Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim.

In a movie filled with giant monsters and massive robots, Charlie Hunnam strangely finds opportunities to take his shirt off.

Hunnam plays a washed-up ex-pilot with a tragic past in Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, which opened here this Thursday.

Clad in futuristic armour and stuck in a cockpit that looks suspiciously like a cross-trainer in a gym, Hunnam still has more than enough time to give his chiselled abs a proper airing.

Oh yes, and there's a stick fight with co-star Rinko Kikuchi in which both of them duke it out in tank-tops.

Hunnam laughed when FiRST grilled him about the randomness of him getting his top off for no apparent reason but to give girls something to ogle.

"Guillermo told me 'I'm going to have you take your shirt off in the movie. And when you do, I want the audience to think, okay, this guy is capable of saving the world. So you got to look ripped and ready for action'."

And Hunnam isn't bashful about embracing this aspect of his role. In fact, he attacks it with just the right amount of wry humour.

"Sex sells. Gone are the days where movies exploit the female form exclusively. The male form gets exploited plenty these days too. And I'm willing to do all it takes to put bums on seats," he said.

"If Guillermo thought that it was important to see me with my shirt off, then hey, who am I to question it?"

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