Monday 24 July 2017

Charlie Hunnam inspired by UFC champ Conor McGregor for King Arthur role

The British actor was inspired by the cage-fighting champion’s attitude for his role in the latest Guy Ritchie film.

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Charlie Hunnam says he drew influence for his role as King Arthur from cage-fighting champion Conor McGregor.

The British actor, 37, said he considered the Irish UFC martial artist while playing the legendary king Arthur Pendragon in Guy Ritchie’s latest film.

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He told Red Bulletin magazine: “While I was playing Arthur, I thought an enormous amount about Conor McGregor, the reigning lightweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“His attitude is, ‘There is no opponent. I am fighting myself in the octagon. It’s only me and my own fears and the execution of my own ability that is going to win or lose a fight for me’.”

Charlie appears alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and Game Of Thrones star Aidan Gillen in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, which also features a cameo from former footballer David Beckham.

In the interview, Charlie said he learned how to fight after getting bullied in his younger years.

“As a kid, I got picked on. I got into a lot of fights, losing some and getting severely beaten a few times,” he said.

“When that happens to you, you just feel like, ‘I’m going to do everything in my power to never be in a situation like this again’. Hence you go out and learn how to fight.”

:: King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is released in UK cinemas on May 19.

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