Charlie Hunnam inspired by UFC champ Conor McGregor for King Arthur role

Monday, 15 May, 2017

On the upside, Charlie Hunnam is enjoying a wealth of acclaim for this role in The Lost City of Z, and Guy Richie already has his next gig booked with the live-action version of Disney's Aladdin.

Well, it looks like any franchise hopes Warner Bros. had for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword are dead in the water, with the Guy Ritchie-directed fantasy adventure suffering a miserable opening weekend in the States with just $14.3 million in box office receipts.

You know those later career Led Zeppelin songs that were 12 minutes long, featured a million different sections, and were about some sort of fantastical something that was nigh indecipherable... but because the band hit so hard and was so committed to the ridiculousness they mostly work anyway?

The story of King Arthur, Camelot, Merlin and Excalibur have been told time and time again in print, TV and movies over the years, making it one of the most remade stories of all time.

When the child Arthur's father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown.

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Director Guy Ritchie is in some ways like Zack Snyder, filmmaker behind "300" and several of the recent DC Comics films like "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

The British actor, 37, said he considered the Irish UFC martial artist while playing the legendary king Arthur Pendragon in Guy Ritchie's latest film. I'm not super fresh on my King Arthur lore, but I'm pretty sure I don't remember him having a street gang, mouthing off at cops, or training as a slow motion boxer. "Hence you go out and learn how to fight".

Everyone here is game to play, though, with Hunnam turning King Arthur into a cocky a-hole in leather trousers, but dammit if he doesn't look as good as he seems to think he does. While the exact figures won't be available until Monday morning, King Arthur is now targeting a $14.2 million debut.

But the film, which also features a cameo from David Beckham, only managed to debut in third place.

As Arthur, Hunnam displays little of the authority or magnetism integral to the character, although, to be honest, nobody really stands out in this blasé grouping.