Charlie Hunnam’s daily gym sessions after filming on the set of King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword got him into peak athletic shape.
Hunnam plays the titular role in the movie about the young King who has to battle his uncle to assume his birthright.
The former Sons of Anarchy star’s days were spent wielding a huge sword on the set of movie which is directed by Guy Ritchie, but the intense fight scenes also acted like a cardio workout, so to maintain his muscle mass, the end of a day’s filming also meant an additional trip to the gym.
“There was just an enormous amount of fighting. Some of the sequences would take five or six days to shoot, so every day, 14 hours a day fighting,” the 36-year-old explained at CinemaCon on Wednesday (29Mar17), reported People. “The fitness level that I achieved during the course of that, I almost felt like I was a professional athlete, on that level.”
And instead of some rest and relaxation after a long day’s filming, the British actor was forced to the gym to maintain his fighting/filming weight of 180 pounds.
“I had to keep training,” he sighed. “I’d go the gym after work no matter what, so it wasn’t an enormous amount of salt baths or anything going on.”
The physical effort of the sword fighting scenes was intensified as all the actors were filmed separately because the technique that director Ritchie wanted to use was doing different speeds for the fight sequences, requiring huge amounts of energy from Hunnam and cast members including Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou.
“I’d had to put an enormous amount of force into it and then an equal amount of force to stop it, to play as though there was resistance when there was none, which was incredibly physically demanding to keep doing that over and over and over and over for 12 hours a day,” he explained.