Charlie Hunnam & Albie Manzo Help Reopen Dusk Nightclub at Caesars Atlantic City Post Sandy

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Dusk Nightclub at Caesars Atlantic City reopened its doors again this weekend for the first time since Hurricane Sandy blew through. The ladies were extra happy about this because two famous, handsome dudes were on hand to help Atlantic City start celebrating again. The club welcomed Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller) from Sons Of Anarchy on Friday and Real Housewives Of New Jersey‘s Albie Manzo on Saturday night.

Sadly, neither of these men asked us to marry them, but we did get them to spill some dirt. It’s what we do best. Read up, below.

Charlie Hunnam

Photo Credit: Nicholas & Partners - Absecon, NJ

TAC: Welcome to Atlantic City! There are a lot of excited fans here to see you! Have you ever been here before?

Charlie Hunnam: I haven’t. I was actually just saying, I flew into Philadelphia today to come here. I’ve been to Philly before, but never to Atlantic City. It seems great. It seems really fun. I’m an avid gambler and I don’t get to gamble often, but when I’m in Vegas or somewhere like here, it’s an opportunity to have fun, so we’ve been doing well so far. We’re up on our gambling!

TAC: Always a plus! Sons of Anarchy is getting cray cray! Every week is more intense than the week before. Last week we found out that Tara may be an accessory to murder! Can you give us a little insight on what the future may hold for Jax and Tara?

Charlie Hunnam: I don’t know. I hope that by the end of the season as they go through this journey, they find a way to sail off into the sunset together, but you never know. It looks pretty bad for them right now. We’re in the escort business now, so if Tara ends up going to jail, we’ve always got a house full of escorts to keep Jax company!

TAC: Hey, well… what about Atlantic City bloggers? Anyway, tell us some main similarities and differences between Charlie and Jax?

Charlie Hunnam: There are a lot of big, big differences. Obviously I’m not an outlaw, I’m an actor, but I feel a lot of responsibility for the people around me. I’ve always been a family oriented person. Family means a great deal to me, so I can really easily relate to his motivation on the day to day just to kind of take care of the people around him and make sure everyone’s looked after.

TAC: What about the motorcycle piece? Is that something you did before?

Charlie Hunnam: My big brother is a big motorcycle rider, so I grew up riding dirt bikes and messing around on bikes, and then I stopped driving and my brother kept on. I would go occasionally watch him ride power bikes, so I was kind of part of the motorcycle world, but I didn’t ride for about 10 years. And then when I got the show and got on bikes again, I just thought man, I don’t know why I ever stopped, and I’ve been riding all day, every day since.

TAC: What about the tattoos? Are they something you have in real life too?

Charlie Hunnam: I have a tattoo actually on my back which is a huge pain in the ass because every time I need to take my shirt off in the show, they need to cover my tattoo and lay the other tattoo on top of it which is a really time consuming process. I love tattoos, but as an actor it’s just not practical to have them, ya know?

TAC: Yes, we can imagine. And while we’re on the subject of your amazing physique, how do you keep in such great shape?

Charlie Hunnam: A lot of hard work. We shoot 16-hour days, 5 days a week, but we have to stagger it because we have to have a 12 hour turn around, so by the time we go in on Saturday, we’re going in at 4:00 in the afternoon on Friday and finishing at 6:00 on Saturday morning, so it’s hard. I work 14 or 15 hours and if I have a scene coming up in the next two weeks or whatever that I have to have my shirt off, I force myself to go to the gym after work, so it ends up being 20-hour days, but that’s the price you gotta pay to live your dream.

TAC: Absolutely! Not as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be, lots of hard work! We know you have the movie Deadfall coming out in the US for limited release in the next couple weeks, but what else is coming up for you?

Charlie Hunnam: Obviously we’re still working on the show. I have Giullermo del Toro’s film I play one of the lead characters in that comes out July 4th next year, it’s a big 400 million dollar spectacular, so hopefully that will be really good and people will like it. Then I’m taking this hiatus off cause I’ve been working for the last two years acting constantly, and I’m taking the next six months off to write two scripts, so just trying to keep busy and moving in the right direction.

(From one dreamboat to the next. Rough weekend, obviously. Ah, the life of a blogger).

Albie Manzo

Photo Credit: Nicholas & Partners - Absecon, NJ

TAC: You and your family have been spearheading some Sandy relief efforts in this area as well as the rest of New Jersey and the New York city area. Can you tell us a little about that?

Albie Manzo: It was kind of out of nowhere. We were sitting around after Sandy and we really wanted to get involved. We were stuck in Franklin Lakes for two days literally with nowhere to go and we had a lot of people reaching out to us saying they didn’t know where to get a lot of information because you couldn’t use your cell phone for phone calls, but you could get on Facebook and Twitter and stuff like that. So my mom was retweeting everything she could find, and my sister’s store had no power, so we thought we could open it up for donations just as a drop off point. We had our truck full of the water and a week basically with nothing to do and just started dropping stuff off wherever we heard from people that needed help. We started out bringing stuff to Toms River, we were in Brick, we were in Staten Island, we were in Howard Beach, we were in Egg Harbor, Point Pleasant, Little Egg Harbor, you name it, we were there. We hit probably about a dozen different towns in Jersey and New York. It was great. We were in Hoboken doing a lot of work there, it was a lot of just dropping things off wherever it was needed, but the thing now is that we’re kind of adjusting our focus to fundraising. So Chris and I are going to do a fundraiser next week in Hoboken to help the Rebuild Hoboken Fund, we’re definitely going to be doing a lot of events over the next year or two years, or however long it takes.

TAC: Very cool and admirable! So, it seems like your family is taking over lately. BLK is huge, your sister has her own beauty bar Cafface, and of course there is The Brownstone, the show and everything your Mom does regularly. Right now there are some crazy Housewife rumors swirling around, which we’re sure you can’t speak about, but what can you tell us about what’s coming up for you and your family?

Albie Manzo: We’re going to stay busy, I can tell you that. We’ve been really, really busy. Chris and I have a restaurant that we’re opening up next year which we’re excited about. BLK is going to be going to undergo some changes which we’re really pumped up about. We have a lot going on and we’re not done with Bravo just yet. Let’s just put it that way.

TAC: Now, you’ve been filming off and on for the past 4 or 5 years now, right?

Albie Manzo: We started filming my college graduation party, so it was a week after I turned 22 and I’m 26 now, so we’ve been filming a little over 4 years.

TAC: Is there anything you wish maybe hadn’t been caught on camera in those last 4 years or so?

Albie Manzo: It’s been such a great experience going through all this together and there always will be challenges that will be really tough. The law school thing was really difficult for me, but looking back now, I’m glad it’s there because you can go back to that moment and it’s really tough to re-live it again, but I look to one day if I’m lucky enough to have kids and all that stuff. I can always pop that in and say this is what I went through, and you can live it instead of just hearing me talk about it.

TAC: Right. And on the other hand, is there any special moment you’ve had so far that sticks out to you, had you not have had, if it weren’t for the show?

Albie Manzo: Everything we do every day is something that we probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do had it not been for Bravo and the show and all that. Even being here. These are places we used to come to hang out, not host, so it’s crazy! We’ve been to the Superbowl, the Playboy Mansion, you name it, we’ve done some really cool things. It’s great to really use it too to do a lot of good like what we’re trying to do with Sandy and the charities that we’re involved in.

TAC: You guys really seem to take the criticism in stride too. You don’t seem to get offended, you just kind of joke about it, so what is the craziest rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?

Albie Manzo: There’s been a lot of them. That I was dating Angelina from the Jersey Shore, that was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever heard at this point. That was a funny one. I ran into her one day at a concert and said hello, next thing you know there was an article out. There’s something new every day.

TAC: So obviously you’re no stranger to Atlantic City, you’re a Jersey boy, you’ve been here plenty of times before. What is your favorite thing to do when you’re in town and what do you love most about living in Jersey?

Albie Manzo: I’ve been doing a lot of travelling. I’ve been spending a lot of time in California and I always thought that I would either want to move to LA or Miami one day, but the thing is, I couldn’t get out of Jersey for anything. It’s amazing. We’ve got the city, we’ve got AC, wherever you want to be, you can be there, whatever you want to experience, you can experience it. When I turned 21, it was all about going to AC for the first time, so I really experienced it. I love coming here without a plan. We filmed the last Jersey Housewives reunion here. That was a good time. We’ve had a lot of really good times here, too many to count.

We’re pretty sure that hosting at Dusk at Caesars this past weekend was another good time for both Ablie AND Charlie. Check out Dusk’s next exciting celeb gig this Saturday at the Official Operation Hat Trick After Party hosted by NHL players Brad Richards, Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Hartnell, Steve Downie, Simon Gagne, Kimmo Timonen, Steven Stamkos and more!

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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