Charlie Hunnam on King Arthur casting: I was surprised

Actor Charlie Hunnam has said he was surprised and overjoyed when Guy Ritchie finalised him for the titular role in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, as the filmmaker was initially not in the mood to cast him.

The 37-year-old actor, who put on 20 pounds and worked hard on his physique for the role, said he did not think if he was even in the middle of Ritchie’s list. “Guy flat-out said he didn’t want to see me. I thought, wait, he’s not even going to give me audition? …We knew a lot of the same people, and before this film even came up, I kept hearing from friends that Guy and I should work together. So I had this construct in my mind that Guy and I were already pals. I wanted him to at least have a cup of tea with me,” Hunnam said in a statement.

The actor said he finally received a call to read for the character and a week later he was on board for the film. “Finally, Guy invited me to read for him, and then read again with some other actors. A week later I got the call and Guy said, ‘Alright, you got the role.’ I was both surprised and overjoyed,” Hunnam said.

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The actor said the story of King Arthur is about self-belief and the idea of conquering over inner fears interested him the most.”The thing that really interested me and Guy, and which is inherent in the Arthurian legend, is the idea that the challenges we face are only given weight by our fears,” Hunnam said.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, a Warner Bros film, will hit the theaters on May 12.

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