"He calls it fuck-dust. He liberally sprinkled fuck-dust on the film." 'Fuck-dust', according to Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), is the term Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) assigns to achieving just the right amount of magical realism.
For a boy who grew up "carving sticks into swords", it was "a childhood dream come true to play King Arthur", (and for the seemingly unconventional choice of Guy Ritchie) Hunnam affirmed to Empire magazine in their latest issue. "[Ritchie's] created a very rich, exciting world. I describe it to my friends as Lord Of The Rings meets Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998). [It's] an unlikely marriage of two things, but it works." Maybe not such a leftfield choice of director after all.
As expected, the British director has a unique vision for the famous king. "We wanted to make an ignoble Arthur, at least at first," Hunnam says. "We wanted him to feel contemporary, selfish, somewhat rough around the edges."
The director also had a novel way of making sure Hunnam was the right Arthur for his film, pushing the actor so hard about being in shape that he snapped during the audition process. "I said, 'You know what? Fucking stop the camera. I'm starting to lose my temper. I know those other pricks you've got reading for this role (namely Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender). If you bring them in right now, I'll fucking fight them both at once for the role, and we'll see what's up with the physicality.' Guy said, 'Fucking hell, alright – calm down, mate.'" Though we would surely be foolish to bet against Superman and Magneto, it sounds like Hunnam is certainly ready for the challenge.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is set for release on 24 March 2017.