With the Arthurian legend dating all the way back to the 5th century, and having already been depicted in a number of films, there was plenty for Charlie Hunnam to consume when he was cast as Guy Ritchie's version of the mythical figure. However, Charlie Hunnam actually avoided this material ahead of shooting King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, and instead focused his attention on getting into the rhythm of Guy Ritchie's rat-a-tat-tat dialogue, which he did by re-watching the filmmaker's work. When asked about his research ahead of King Arthur, Charlie Hunnam admitted:
Charlie Hunnam actually made this admission to me when I recently sat down with the affable Brit to discuss King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. But while Charlie Hunnam picked up the sensibilities and patter of Guy Ritchie's writing and how his characters deliver his dialogue from these films, he also noticed how there are elements of the director himself in most of his characters. When I pushed Charlie Hunnam on the specifics of what he was trying to gain from watching the likes of Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Rocknrolla and Sherlock Holmes, he added:
Charlie Hunnam had originally explained to me that he decided against focusing on delving into the character's long and illustrious past because screenwriters Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram and Joby Harold had already created such a vivid new interpretation of King Arthur. Obviously Hunnam was allowed to add to this, with Guy Ritchie encouraging his collaboration throughout production, but Hunnam insisted that all of the books, films and whatnot were irrelevant, because, "Not a lot of the source material available had a lot with what we were doing anyway." You can watch a snippet of my interview with Charlie Hunnam regarding King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword below.
Meanwhile, here's my review of King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, which I proudly and defiantly insist is a whole lot of fun. You can now find out for yourself, because King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is in theaters starting tonight.
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