Ritchie’s “King Arthur” Wasn’t Going To Be Silly

When you hire Guy Ritchie for a film, you kind of know what to expect. Ritchie’s style is synonymous with quick cuts, fast pacing, intense camera work, and a tongue in cheek approach to some dark and/or dry material. His films are often big, brash, cheeky and rough.

Turns out though when he was brought on for the upcoming “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” the initial plan was to do something much more serious and more fitting a tone not dissimilar from Antoine Fuqua’s 2004 “King Arthur”. That didn’t last long according to actor Charlie Hunnam who tells EW:

“It was challenging to begin with because there was an uncertainty about the tone. Guy’s [initial] intention was to make something that was outside of his wheel house, and make a more classic, straightforward, and somewhat somber film – which is obviously not what we ended up with… Arthur and his pals, the tone of those interactions is very much the way Guy is. We were just doing our best Guy Ritchie impersonations.”

Instead, we get a full-on sword and sorcery epic with an Arthur who lives in brothels (but is not a pimp), appears to don henley shirts and takes names while performing plenty of physics-defying action. “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which embraces the silly and should be all the more fun for it, opens in cinemas on May 12th.