Marc Hom Proves Charlie Hunnam Is King for Entertainment Weekly
For most, their introduction to King Arthur is the story of the sword in the stone. Arthur, a peasant boy, ends England’s Dark Ages when he draws a mystical sword (Excalibur) from a stone, beginning his reign as king. The truth is far more complex. Guy Richie’s forthcoming film, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, examines these tales with Charlie Hunnam as the epically beloved king of epic. Richie’s energetic style is poised to recontextualize these classic stories for all lovers of legend placing a huge weight on Hunnam’s shoulders, one that his fans are certain he can uphold.
When Marc Hom met Hunnam on set for Entertainment Weekly’s cover shoot, it was an exciting experience for everyone. They were on the verge of wrapping up principal production for the film, and the mood was jovial. Marc’s goal was to find where Charlie Hunnam and King Arthur met in one man. After working on this character for so long, the line between actor and character is bound to blur and in that space is room for authentic moments. “We actually got full access to go on set which was incredible,” explains Marc. “Just that freedom to take it out of context a little bit: that was what I wanted to do. So it didn’t feel like a still photograph from the movie.” By finding where King Arthur and Charlie Hunnam merge they were able to present that moment with compelling imagery.
The obsession with image that has dominated the conversation of celebrity over the last decade seems to be falling away, at least in Marc’s experience. And everyone stands to benefit from being generous collaborators. What Marc noticed most about working with Hunnam is his willingness to work with Marc as a collaborator. “This generation of actors is more open to going for the ideas and being a little looser,” Marc explains. “Charlie was really great. He was in a very good mood. Everybody was very happy.” That positive set meant authentic moments came through making for photos that pair perfectly with EW’s aptly named story, “The Sword and the Stone Cold Fox.”