That young, beautiful looking, though foul mouthed teenager that caused the biggest outrage in modern TV history has spoken out. Following the release of King Arthur, Charlie Hunnam has spoken about his time doing Queer as Folk (UK) and how the experience not only made him a better actor, but also broadened his mind.
Back in the 1990’s, under an oppressive government and still overcoming years of austerity and a conservative leadership, the UK was in need of a form of escapism that wasn’t Eastenders or Coronation Street. The UK needed to see the real world, a world where we saw the dark underbelly of places, but also saw the love, friendships, lusts and ambitions realistically portrayed. Queer as Folk (UK) did it very well, though Russell T Davis got a bit irked and destroyed the finale of the second series with the flying car.
Now 20 years on, Charlie has said he would be more than willing to do a reunion to close the gaps in the storyline. After reuniting with Aidan Gillen on the set of King Arthur, the pair are said to have been deep in conversation about their first encounter with Queer as Folk and would be up for revisiting the clan as Nathan, Stuart and Vince.
Unlike the US version, which was actually far better, the gritty and realistic consequences of actions was not only believable, but also harrowingly similar to what LGBT people face every day across the globe.
Though after the final series, we do feel a little cheated, because everything was left hanging, as opposed to having a proper closure to all of the characters stories.
Both series were exceptionally good, breaking down barriers however, both are starkly different. The UK has different issues to the US, and in my personal opinion, these subjects were tackled not only with good taste, but also with humility and respect.
In the UK for example, you are more likely to be stabbed, not beat around the head with a baseball bat, also in the US, you’re more likely to be shot, not beaten to a pulp by a random guy with his bare fists. So although different, the 2 shows are very much the same, just adapted to fit in to the environment they are being broadcast to.
Something I did prefer about the US Queer as Folk, was it went on for nearly a decade and the story line of each character was less concentrated. Like a soap opera you got to know each character slowly and almost evolve a relationship with them.
You knew Brian would have sex with anything that moves. Michael loves his mother more than anything, though often doesn’t know how to show it. Debbie loves her son unconditionally and deliberately embarrasses him. Ben Loves Michael but at times is infuriated with him and his stubbornness.
The UK version was missing all of this dynamic, but as it was only 12 episodes, you can’t really build up that kind of story.