Charlie Hunnam is currently on a media tour to promote his latest project, The Gentlemen, but it’s an older movie of his that’s on his mind. The “Sons of Anarchy” star joined Andy Cohen on on Sirus XM and revealed that he would like to have another shot at creating the 2017 film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
“I would like to go back to King Arthur because there’s a lot of things [that] went wrong during that and a lot of things that were out of our control,” he said about the big budget film that was a flop. “I just don’t think we ended up matching the aspiration.
“We just didn’t quite make the movie we wanted,” Hunnam continued. “The idea was that if it was a success, we would’ve made several of those films, and I’m really captivated by the Arthurian legends and I just feel like we really missed an opportunity to tell a long-form story.”
Without outing any actor specifically, Hunnam said there was one person in particular that was a bad casting which brought down the whole project.
“There was a piece of mis-casting that ended up crippling the central story line,” he said. “It’s actually not in the film at all.”
The movie was directed by Guy Richie and was supposed to be the first in a six-part franchise. Plans for the additional five films were cancelled after the movie underperformed at the box office.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 31% based on 258 reviews and an average rating of 4.67/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword piles mounds of modern action flash on an age-old tale – and wipes out much of what made it a classic story in the first place.” On Metacritic, the film has a score 41 out of 100 based on 45 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reporter filmgoers gave it an overall positive score of 78%; 56% of the opening weekend filmgoers were under the age of 35, and 59% were men.
The Gentlemen is being released nationwide this Friday and stars Hunnam along with atthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, and Colin Farrell.
“A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires,” writes IMDB about the plot.