Charlie Hunnam & Djimon Hounsou on ‘King Arthur’s Epic Action and Guy Ritchie’s Directorial Idiosyncrasies

Charlie Hunnam & Djimon Hounsou on ‘King Arthur’s Epic Action and Guy Ritchie’s Directorial Idiosyncrasies

How did you come to work together?

DJIMON HOUNSOU: The call came in, and my agent said, “Charlie Hunnam,” “The guy from the biker show?” “Yeah,” my agents said. “He’s nice. He’s really cool. You’ll like him!” That was it. I came and met Charlie and it was a great rapport. Some people you just meet and have an affinity for. [There’s] no ego. It was a nice rapport.

CHARLIE HUNNAM: We did something strange and wonderful. I didn’t think it was gonna work at all, but it did. Guy had this wacky idea that he wanted to take an afternoon before we started working and shoot the whole film in four hours on two or three cameras and in a room all in black. We shot the whole film, and that’s where we met. That’s where most of the cast met. It was a baptism of fire. It was such a high-energy, sort of anxiety-inducing experience.

HOUNSOU: I landed the night before and I got here and met quickly for wardrobe, and I [heard] we had a video shoot the next morning. So I was highly stressed to say the least.

HUNNAM: But we came down really well right away. As soon as I came up and shook your hand I was like, “Ah, this motherfucker’s cool.” [Laughs.]

We’ve seen many versions of the King Arthur story. This one has a contemporary sensibility. Can you talk about what we’ll be seeing that we haven’t seen before?

HOUNSOU: The one obvious thing that you’ll see more of in this story is that it’s really about the Knights of the Round Table. How all of those knights came to make the king who he is.

HUNNAM: : As you would imagine, it’s the origin story. It’s the sort of Arthur origin story, of his rise to the throne. So it’s a reinvention certainly of the periods between him being estranged from his family and reuniting with his destiny, with sort of the royal lineage. It’s a very different sort of rendering. Much grimmer and grittier, and in a certain way probably much more modern. The camaraderie feels sort of modern and easily recognizable as boys’ banter, the sort of stuff Guy does very well. But I feel like the world and the pace of the whole thing feels very period. I don’t think it feels like an uber modern rendering of it.

Was it intimidating to take on a role that has such a history to it?

HUNNAM: No, if you think about that stuff you’ll completely get head-fucked. So I just don’t think about that at all. I just try to get to know the character on my own terms. Guy and I discussed a great deal who he was and what sort of version we found, between the two of us, most exciting. But I’m very familiar with Arthurian legend. In fact, my girlfriend is called Morgana, and one of my favorite films, that actually led me to want to become an actor, was Excalibur. I watched Excalibur ad nauseum as a child. So I’m very familiar with the world. But I just decided not to go back. I’d read The Once and Future King years ago, and I’ve always loved this world. But I decided to just try to forget everything I’d ever seen, and just come in with it fresh, and not feel that pressure of having to do justice to this beloved story. It just felt like it was much healthier and more fun and more exciting and more free just to approach it as though it was a completely original story and a completely original character; and not feel beholden to any of the shit you’d seen before, you know?

Can you elaborate on Guy shooting the whole film in four hours on a stage?

HUNNAM: I think there were several elements as to why it was useful to him. First and foremost it was sort of like a table read, but where he could actually see everything edited. Sort of like an elevated table read. Just to see the pace and the tone and a little bit of the dynamics between the characters. So that was the pre-production benefit of it. As we’ve gone on and they’ve been assembling different sequences that we’ve been shooting, we’ve been able to fill in the gaps with that stuff. So from about halfway into the filming they’ve had the whole film sort of edited with those sections that we hadn’t shot yet filled in with that four-hour thing. Which has been really interesting and helpful to Guy. He’s been going back and rewatching the film quite a lot. I’m sure if you talk to him there would have been other benefits too. But they were the obvious big ones. Continue reading

Charlie Talks ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ with Entertainment Weekly during Facebook LIVE Chat

The live chat originally took place on February 21st. You can watch it below in case you missed it.

Charlie Hunnam Wants To Become A Family Man

Charlie Hunnam realises he needs to balance his relationship and work more effectively for when talk turns to starting a family.

The 36-year-old actor has been with his girlfriend Morgana McNelis since 2005 and the pair has had to ensure long periods apart due to Charlie’s film schedules.

He has previously admitted struggling to assign time to both his love life and career, and in a new interview he shared his desire to strike harmony between the two.

“I have an incredibly understanding girlfriend who is requiring more and more as we get older that I figure out a way to balance these things a little better,” he told Total Film magazine.
“I’ve gotten off pretty easily so far, with being able to just disappear and be completely selfish and singular in my focus, but if we’re going to start talking about children and getting married then I’m going to have to figure out a way to balance that a little bit more effectively.”

Despite the hurdles, Charlie’s star has soared over the years, with his breakthrough role coming in TV series Sons of Anarchy.

He describes the series as “true education” in acting, storytelling and filmmaking and doesn’t know where he’d be today if it wasn’t for his role as gang leader Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller.

“I was a working actor, I was able to work with good directors and make films I really believed in. But the opportunities were fairly sporadic and sometimes few and far between,” he recalled. “And Sons changed all of that. I was in an exponentially better position by the time I finished that show (in 2014) than I was at the beginning. I grew in confidence.”

Charlie currently has several silver screen projects in the pipeline, including The Lost City of Z and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.


Charlie to Receive CinemaCon ‘Male Star Of The Year’ Award

Congratulations Charlie! 😀

The official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will honour the British star on March 30.

Charlie Hunnam will receive the Male Star Of The Year Award during the annual Las Vegas CinemaCon event.

The actor will next be seen in The Lost City Of Z, which Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street releases on April 14, followed by King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, which Warner Bros opens in North America on May 12.

“Having captured the attention of audiences around the world with his standout performances on the small screen in Sons Of Anarchy as well as on the big screen in such films as Children Of Men and Cold Mountain,’2017 is sure to be Charlie Hunnam’s year with his starring turns in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, and Lost City Of Z,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.

“We could not be more thrilled to honour such a talented actor with our CinemaCon Male Star Of The Year Award.”

CinemaCon is scheduled to run from March 27-30.


Photos of Charlie Visiting ‘This Morning’ from February

I’ve added high quality photos of Charlie visiting the UK television show This Morning where he talked about Lost City of Z on February 17th. You can view those in the gallery now.

Charlie Attends European Premiere of ‘Lost City of Z’

Charlie Attends European Premiere of ‘Lost City of Z’

Charlie took to the red carpet for the European premiere of his upcoming film Lost City of Z along with co-stars Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and director James Gray in London on February 16th. Charlie also posed with his co-star from the upcoming remake of Papillon, Rami Malek.

You can view all the photos from the event in the gallery now.

Charlie Attends ‘Lost City of Z’ London Photocall

Charlie bundled up as he posed with his Lost City of Z co-stars Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Director James Gray during the London Photocall for the film on February 16th.

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