"I love him and I think he's great on screen. I find him very
talented," Ritchie told Reuters at the film's European premiere,
when asked if Beckham had the potential to be as good at acting
as at soccer.
Ritchie's take on the medieval legend follows King Arthur,
played by Charlie Hunnam, who is robbed of his birthright and
has a tough upbringing. But once he pulls the Excalibur sword
from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy.
Beckham, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder
known for his bending kicks, plays the soldier Trigger in the
Beckham "shows just about enough dramatic range to have played
the stone the sword got stuck in," The Telegraph said in its
review, adding that he had "sabotaged" the scene.
"It's a misguided, fist-biter of a performance," Empire said.
Beckham, who also had a cameo in Ritchie's previous movie, "The
Man from U.N.C.L.E.", said it was "nice to be involved" in the
"I think people are going to love it. You know obviously with
Guy's movies you know what you're going to get but there's a few
surprises, a bit of comedy along the way," said Beckham, who
attended the premiere with his son Brooklyn.
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Hunnam, of "Sons of Anarchy" fame, said he had to convince Ritchie
to let him audition for the role.
"I flew myself to England and I basically showed up at his front
door and said 'listen, we're going to talk about this because I
think you might be making a bit of an error here.'"
"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" also stars actors Jude Law,
Djimon Hounsou and model Poppy Delevingne.
The film, distributed by Warner Bros., began its global rollout in
some countries on Wednesday and hits North American cinemas on
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Chris Gallagher;
Editing by Michael Perry)
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