Charlie Hunnam reveals why his King Arthur is rough around the edges

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey – where he was replaced by Jamie Dornan. ‘It was very, very painful for me, that whole process, just very unpleasant,’ he said, adding: ‘I felt like I let myself down.

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 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. 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. 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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