Pleasure working in 'King Arthur': David Beckham

The director then said he couldn't have been swayed to pop Becks in the film because of the former footballer's superstar status, with Ritchie making the completely believable claim that his kids "hadn't heard of" David Beckham.

"I love him and I think he's great on screen".

Arthur, however, had to learn to master the sword, face down his demons, unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern - who murdered his parents and stole his crown - to become king.

Actor Charlie Hunnam, who plays the legendary king, said: "It was lovely (working with Beckham), he did an unbelievable job. He is a fabulous actor and real pleasure to be with". "He is very quiet and humble and serious". On Wednesday, Humman spoke at the London premiere of the movie in Leicester Square.

Asked if he thought a career in the movie industry beckons for the sports star, he added: "I don't know yet, one step at a time".

"I thought it was a lark, I thought he was just going to show up for a laugh because he is Guy's friend, but he took it all very, very seriously".

The plot follows a young "Arthur" who runs the back streets of "Londinium" with his crew, unaware of his royal lineage until he draws the sword "Excalibur" from the stone.

Beckham's character answers: "Bouncing on me knee - where do ya think I want ya? Hands on the hill, stupid".

Although star Charlie Hunnam jokingly expressed concern about having competition in the heart-throb stakes as he quipped: 'Listen pal this is my movie and I demand to be the most handsome man onscreen'. "Literally had to cover my eyes was so cringe".

"It's a misguided, fist-biter of a performance", Empire said.

King Arthur will officially release in United Kingdom cinemas on May 19.

  • Salvatore Jensen