“It was challenging to begin with because there was an uncertainty about the tone,” says Charlie Hunnam, whose hero battles Jude Law’s warlord. “Guy’s [initial] intention was to make something that was outside of his wheelhouse, and make a more classic, straightforward, and somewhat somber film — which is obviously not what we ended up with.”
What they ended up with is full-blast swords and sorcery told with a Cockney accent. We were just doing our best Guy Ritchie impersonations.”
Show Full Article franchise, taking a crack at pulling Excalibur from the stone with King Arthur may seem like a logical fit. Having already updated Sherlock Holmes into a Robert Downey Jr. But according to the director, the jobs are only similar in that they’re just like any other movie. Or as Hunnam puts it, “Arthur and his pals, the tone of those interactions is very much the way Guy is. To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here. “You just sort of commit with a couple hundred million of someone else’s money and hope you find your way,” Ritchie says. (So easy, right?)
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For King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, out May 12, finding his way meant balancing giant attack elephants and Arthur’s well-worn Round Table legend. Guy Ritchie isn’t new to the cinematic reboot game. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.