Charlie Hunnam smoulders as King Arthur in the Guy Ritchie movie, “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur,” as evidenced by his sizzling photospread in Entertainment Weekly.
Hunnam, who famously turned down “Fifth Shades of Grey,” looks every inch the heroic King Arthur in his hot EW photos.
Unlike past iterations of King Arthur, Charlie says his movie will give the legendary British monarch a bad*ss edge.
“He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor,” Hunnam told EW. “He’s a hustler. He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.”
Charlie said Ritchie’s take on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table will be full of adventure, including giant snakes, massive war elephants and a monstrous viking-like creature known as The Nemesis.
Hunnam, who previously starred on the “Sons of Anarchy,” has no problems doing steamy nude scenes and has no regrets about turning down Fifty Shades of Grey.
“I grew up in an environment where we weren’t particularly shy of nudity,” said Hunnam. “My mum was always walking around in the house naked and I spent a bunch of time with my aunt growing up.”
Hunnam couldn’t be more excited to play the legendary King Arthur. “[Guy Ritchie is] completely reinventing the Arthurian legend and making it straight up his style,” said Charlie. “I think it’s going to be properly badass.”
In 2013, Charlie made headlines after quitting the role of Christian Grey in the much buzzed-about S&M film, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Hunnam later said he quit “Fifty Shades of Grey” because he had a nervous breakdown, Examiner reported.
Charlie said he began experiencing severe anxiety after realizing he didn’t have enough time to prepare for the role while juggling his hectic filming schedule for “Sons of Anarchy.” Christian Grey was one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood, and one of the most talked about in recent years following the blockbuster success of Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2011 erotic trilogy by British author E.L. James.
Hunnam became the center of an international media firestorm immediately after being cast as Christian Grey in September 2013.
Charlie said his nervous breakdown occurred after he was slammed in fan forums by people who thought he was the wrong choice for the role and after being constantly hounded by paparazzi and media everywhere he went. Hunnam was also exhausted from his nonstop work schedule, which required him to film Sons of Anarchy until 11 p.m. on a Friday, fly out of town to rehearse “Fifty Shades” over the weekend and start shooting the following Monday, all while juggling other projects midweek.
Looking back, Charlie Hunnam confessed he also didn’t want to fail in such a high-profile role, but is happy with the decision he made, because he’s doing great now.
“Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” comes out in July 2016.