How Charlie Hunnam talked his way into being King Arthur


Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur as a brawling tough guy whose posse includes such other thuggish stalwarts as Djimon Hounsou's Bedivere and the archer Bill, played by Aidan Gillen from "Game of Thrones". He explained: "It's wildly original, it is a Guy Ritchie film through and through so it has all of the originality and fun and cheekiness that you would expect and the spectacle that has come requisite of a film of this scope". His exuberance and action-hero handsomeness hold things together when "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is breaking apart.

The film tells the origin of a young King Arthur who comes up unaware of his past after his Uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) murdered his Father (Eric Bana) and overthrew the crown. Essentially, Law's doing a pared-down "Macbeth" in the margins of this movie, and nearly making something of the thin scripting through his Shakespearean enthusiasms.

Legend of the Sword is leaning heavily on the Game of Thrones / medieval fantasy kick that everyone seems to be on, it's looking like the film won't have the same impact.

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The actor, who withdrew from the lead role in Fifty Shades Of Grey, was not in shape when he auditioned for the swashbuckling role.

Arthur pulls the sword, Excalibur, from the stone, but finds the sword's power beyond his control. Ritchie's "Arthur" is more likely to be remembered for the crime-comedy touches he and co-writers Joby Harold and Lionel Wigram have stamped onto it: knockabout "Lock, Stock"-style dialogues, a campaign planned like a heist, a "safe house" (though sensible, the phrase has an anachronistic ring)".

"I would love to do a Game of Thrones cameo", he said.