Charlie Hunnam’s physique very nearly lost him the lead role in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
On tonight’s edition of The Graham Norton Show, Charlie revealed that Legend of the Sword director Guy Ritchie was originally unconvinced that he could pull off playing the hulking warrior.
“I wasn’t ripped at all when I auditioned – I’d been in Sons of Anarchy and lost a lot of weight and it was a bit of a stumbling block to me getting the role because Guy had wanted a formidable Arthur,” the actor told Graham.
“[Guy] was very concerned about it and would bring it up a lot during the audition process. I had a eureka moment and the next time Guy brought it up, I said, ‘Do you know what pal? If you are so concerned about my physicality put me in a cage with all the chimpanzees that are auditioning against me and we’ll have a little fight and whoever walks out of the room gets the role.'”
Charlie then teased: “I maintain that was the moment I got the part!”
Obviously the 37-year-old actor did get back in tip-top shape for the medieval war movie, but was all of the focus on his body too much pressure to live up to?
“It’s all about balance of spectacle and substance and if there is balance I am happy to get my kit off,” he insisted.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is now playing in both the US and the UK. Meanwhile, The Graham Norton Show welcomes Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban, Alan Cumming and Sheryl Crow next Friday (May 19) at 10.35pm on BBC One.
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