Charlie Hunnam Is a Sexy and Rugged King Arthur on Entertainment Weekly Cover …

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All hail Charlie Hunnam! Sons of Anarchy star transforms into ‘rough’ and brooding King Arthur in first look at Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable.

Charlie Hunnam is known for his role as Jax on gritty FX drama Sons of Anarchy – and that’s precisely why director Guy Ritchie wanted him for the role of King Arthur in the upcoming Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. In this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story the 46-year-old explains that in order to make his King Arthur an unforgettable action hero, he needed to make a few changes. ‘I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,’ Ritchie said, of previous film attempts, such as the poorly-reviewed 2004 King Arthur. He’s a hustler.’ The publication described the character as: ‘orphaned as an infant and raised by three prostitutes in the 5th century version of London, more of a street-wise hood, who looks after the people living in his tiny corner of the world.’ Another notable change to this update will be Guy’s decision to edge away from darker, more stripped-down reboots such as Batman Begins in favor of a large fantasy element.

In the excerpts from the accompanying interview released so far, Hunnam says that most good guys in film are “boring”, in the sense that they don’t make a compelling watch. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Hunnam opened up about what he was going through at the time. “It was very, very painful for me, that whole process, just very unpleasant. I let those people down on Fifty Shades that I’d grown to really love and respect.’ The star, who’s been in a relationship with jewelry designer girlfriend Morgana McNelis since 2007 – cited scheduling conflicts and some ‘big personal stuff going on in my life’ as his reasoning for bowing out of the film.

It’s just a really unpleasant period of time for me.” In 2014, the actor confessed to Us Weekly that he allowed himself to get overwhelmed with projects and stretched his own acting abilities way too thin. It’s very hard to be disciplined in that situation and understand what is going to be required to all of that work to the best of your ability and have yourself surrounded by people,’ he said. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for ‘Fifty,’ missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning,” Hunnam told the outlet. “And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting ‘Crimson Peak’ in Toronto. I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.” While Hunnam may have been trying to do the character of Christian Grey justice by allowing someone who could commit better to the role to take over, he still left both fans and the studio high and dry with his abrupt exit.

This first chapter will find Arthur grasping Excalibur and realizing his destiny as he defeats a dictator, but the studio has a wealth of material to draw upon for an entire franchise. That’s what I started to do.’ ‘I do try not to dwell on the past too much because I have a tendency to do that, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten very good at distancing myself from shoulda, woulda, coulda.’ Instead of going with the Batman Begins-esque, stripped down reboot, King Arthur sprints full blast in the opposite direction with giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a monstrous viking-like creature known as The Nemesis. “Hopefully, loyalists won’t be too offended by what we’ve done,” says producer Lionel Wigram. In the end, he attributes it to a rookie Hollywood mistake saying that young actors with a star on the rise tend to take any work that comes their way while it’s coming their way – even when that means taking too much.

Luckily, with Hunnam moving forward as King Arthur and the “Fifty Shades” franchise a decided success, everything seemed to work out for the best. Given that Ritchie’s deal is with Warner Bros., the architects behind Zack Snyder’s wildly ambitious Justice League franchise, you can probably bet we’ll see more from Hunnam and his gang, er, band of knights. Speaking of Game of Thrones, Disney just announced that a major writer/producer on the HBO series, Bryan Cogman, will be writing a new live-action version of their popular young Arthur cartoon The Sword in the Stone.

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