Monday 23 October 2017

Charlie Hunnam credits Conor McGregor for inspiring his King Arthur performance

Charlie Hunnam credits Conor McGregor for inspiring his King Arthur performance
Charlie Hunnam credits Conor McGregor for inspiring his King Arthur performance
British actor Charlie Hunnam poses for a photograph upon arrival at the European Premiere of "King Arthur: legend of the Sword" in London on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Actors Charlie Hunnam (L) and Robert Pattinson attend the premiere of Amazon Studios' "The Lost City Of Z" at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

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King Arthur star Charlie Humman has explained how UFC champion Conor McGregor inspired him and director Guy Ritchie when developing his performance.

The 37-year-old actor has said that he channelled McGregor when preparing for his role in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur.

It's a physically demanding role which sees the Sons of Anarchy actor suffer a few beatings throughout the movie.

But in order to mentally and physically prepare for the role, Humman and Ritchie looked to the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion's approach to battle.

British actor Charlie Hunnam (L) and former England football captain David Beckham (R) pose for a photograph upon arrival at the European Premiere of
British actor Charlie Hunnam (L) and former England football captain David Beckham (R) pose for a photograph upon arrival at the European Premiere of "King Arthur: legend of the Sword" in London on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

"We spent a lot of time looking at people out there in the world doing that. Particularly Conor McGregor was somebody that I drew a lot of inspiration from and that Guy and I discussed a lot," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"I saw one interview with him... and he was talking to a journalist and the journalist asked what specific challenges that he thought [his opponent] would pose to McGregor, and he said, 'There is no opponent. I'm in the octagon by myself. 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’.

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

"It's all about self-belief and knowing what you're capable of. And if you're dialed in and focused to your true potential, then any obstacle is going to crumble before you."

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword sees Charlie star alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana, Game Of Thrones star Aidan Gillen and even former footballer David Beckham.

He told the Press Association at the London event that it was the role he felt he was born to play.

He said: “It’s very exciting, a little intimidating, and quite an honour. I feel like I have been playing a version of King Arthur for a lot of my life because John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981) made me want to become an actor, and then I spent most of my childhood messing around with swords and pretending to be either a knight or a wizard.

“So I had a lot of practise pretending to play King Arthur before actually being hired to do it professionally.”

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