'King Arthur' director says David Beckham 'great on screen'

Carla Harmon
May 24, 2017

Guy Ritchie has defended David Beckham's performance in his latest film, calling him a "fabulous actor".

Speaking at the premiere, Charlie, 37, said: "It was lovely working with Beckham, he did an incredible job".

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" marks David's second appearance in a movie directed by his good friend, but is the first time he has a speaking role and the director says he was "fantastic".

The 42-year-old retired soccer superstar has a small cameo role in the new Guy Ritchie movie playing Trigger, a scar-faced soldier to Charlie Hunnam's Arthur who witnesses him pull the Excalibur sword from the stone to become king.

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 film. "I find him very talented", Ritchie told Reuters at the film's European premiere.

But at the movie's premiere in London, the British movie-maker was keen to back the sports star, who worked with an acting coach for the role. He looked after me in many ways...

"I haven't taken a step into acting".

"I've always liked a challenge, and usually it's to do with sport, but with this I didn't know if I was going to be OK". "What was wonderful about it was it pushed me to be fluid and be really immediate in the process and ultimately the one mandate he gave me early on is 'we have to have fun. Guy is scary as a boss but he's a friend so you know he's going to take care of you".

The film stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill Wilson, Jude Law as Vortigern and Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon.

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