Charlie Hunnam from King Arthur
Charlie Hunnam from King Arthur

For somebody who grew up on Arthurian legends, you’d think running around and playing a knight for a living would be a lot of fun.

“Not really, no,” admits Charlie Hunnam, star of “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. “I’ve got to say, doing the physical stuff in a film is never really fun for me. You get hurt all the time. You can’t stop. So just the accumulation of those injuries over the course of a day or a week or a month, you start to feel a bit sorry for yourself by the end of it. But the rest of the film was immensely fun.”

In this Guy Ritchie-directed version of the classic tale, a rough-and-tumble¬†Arthur who had been robbed of his birthright has to grow up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. When he pulls the famous Excalibur from the stone, he’s forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he wants to or not.


“It’s a story about a man having to overcome his deepest fears,” he tells Made in Hollywood reporter Damaris Diaz. “That’s a narrative that’ve I’ve been aware of and spent a lot of time thinking about in my own life: How to make the best use of your brief amount of time on this Earth and be the best version of yourself.”