First Official Look at Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

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Charlie Hunnam describes ‘very painful’ decision to exit Fifty Shades of Grey.

With King Arthur, Charlie Hunnam and Guy Ritchie are attempting to do something new with the legendary hero: make him a kickass action hero. Fans flooded the Internet in protest when news emerged in late 2013 that hunky Charlie Hunnam had pulled out of playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey just weeks after he had been cast.The new issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals the first official look at Charlie Hunnam as the titular hero in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. “He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. From the very start of the project, Ritchie knew that he’d need to make a few changes to the story’s hero. “I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” he says. “The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions.

James film adaptation later found its Christian in Jamie Dornan, the Sons of Anarchy star still thinks of his decision as a sensitive subject. “It was very, very painful for me, that whole process, just very unpleasant,” Hunnam tells EW. “I felt like I let myself down. It’s just a really unpleasant period of time for me.” Hunnam later cited scheduling conflicts for his decision to bow out on the boording billionaire character, and with good reason: He had just wrapped an the sixth and final season of his hit FX series and had already committed to Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming horror flick Crimson Peak. The workload — coupled with some “big personal stuff going on in my life,” Hunnam told EW in 2014 — left the actor stressed and suffering from self-doubt regarding his ability to deliver as Fifty Shades‘ kinky, BDSM-obsessed bachelor. “For the first time in my life, [I] had more work than I had time to do it. 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,” Hunnam said in this week’s EW cover story featuring his upcoming turn as the lead in King Arthur. “You see it all the time in Hollywood.

Good guys are boring.” This version of Arthur is an orphan taken in by three prostitutes living in 5th century London, but don’t let the grittiness of Hunnam’s character or Ritchie’s vision fool you into thinking this will be a magic-lite version of the Arthurian legend, like Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 King Arthur. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.” EW also reports that the film will dive head first into the fantasy elements, most notably with the use of giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a “monstrous viking-like creature” called The Nemesis. Hunnam has moved on, and he’s thrown himself wholeheartedly into bringing some serious smolder to his role in Guy Richie’s retelling of the classic King Arthur story. “It’s not in my mind very much,” said Hunnam of the Fifty Shades fallout. “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.”

Scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release, King Arthur was written by Joby Harold, who is producing with Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Ritchie himself.

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