Charlie Hunnam Turned Down A Role On 'Game Of Thrones'

Game of Thrones

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The biggest news this weekend is the disappointing box office results from KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, which will be debated for a while because it's not every day you see a major blockbuster film do so poorly at the weekend box office. Whether you call it stylistic, creative, imaginative, or simply over the top, Ritchie brings a very specific type of filmmaking to his movies, and audiences generally either like the style or don't. Buried within a sequence that includes exploding knights and elephants that shoot fireballs from their trunks (I think?), the royal mage Vortigern (Jude Law) schemes to steal the crown from his brother, Uther (played by perennial movie king, Eric Bana). Author George R.R. Martin set out to deliberately subvert the Camelot story, presenting Bran Stark as a King Arthur-type hero whose life is drastically changed by tragedy.

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" opens in the UK on May 19 and in the United States on May 12.

Charlie Hunnam is having a pretty busy week by anyone's standards.

Warner Bros. was unsurprisingly disappointed at the poor showing for "King Arthur" but hopeful for the rest of its summer slate, including "Wonder Woman" and Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk". I'm not sure anyone is still invested in that franchise. Questionable. The joy of Bad Guy Ritchie, though, is that he doesn't care. In Ritchie's neatest stylistic trick, Arthur's 20-year journey from boy to man (Charlie Hunnam, who's serviceable when he doesn't succumb to shouty mode) takes about two minutes of screen time in a super-charged montage.

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As a young boy, the kingdom that Arthur's family occupies is attacked and put under the rule of a cruel dictator.

"Snatched" surprised analysts by beating "King Arthur" on the charts.

But the film, which also features a cameo from David Beckham, only managed to debut in third place.

As Arthur, Hunnam displays little of the authority or magnetism integral to the character, although, to be honest, nobody really stands out in this blasé grouping.

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