As an audience member, when sitting down to indulge in Guy Ritchie’s fantasy period blockbuster King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, it could only belong to one filmmaker. But what was it like to collaborate with the esteemed British director? We sat down with the lead role Charlie Hunnam to ask whether Ritchie’s distinctive sensibilities as a storyteller were as prominent on the shoot, as they are in the finished product.
Hunnam admits to us, however, it was a role he really had to fight for – describing his unwavering commitment to the part and how he beat five other actors to the role, left with the enviable task of bringing this iconic character to life. He also explains how Ritchie works, and how his own approach is at odds with the director’s – and finally on collaborating with Aidan Gillen, having shared the screen together in the excellent 90s TV series Queer as Folk.
Watch the full interview below…
After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is released on May 19th