How David Beckham Ended Up in Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ (Video)

Ritchie previously directed the soccer superstar in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Last Updated: May 13, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

Casting David Beckham in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” was a no-brainer for director Guy Ritchie, who has more in common with the soccer superstar than just fair-haired good looks.

“Our kids go to the same school and we go to the same pub and then we go to the same sort of gay gym,” Ritchie said on Friday’s U.K. talker “The Graham Norton Show.”

Norton quickly jumped in, joking, “Isn’t that just ‘gym’? I think the ‘gay’ is silent.”

After a good laugh, Ritchie brought up the history he and Beckham have as director and actor. “I used him before in the previous film I did, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ [and] I’ve done a couple of commercials with him. I love him… he’s a lovely chap. But it just made sense [to cast him in ‘King Arthur’].”

Beckham is getting a lot of press for the small role, which is understandable, considering that he’s one of the most famous (and gorgeous) men on the planet.

But Ritchie did attempt to make him a little less beautiful for the new film, placing a massive scar across the left side of his face and fake teeth that appear to be rotting out of his mouth.

“That was down to me,” said Charlie Hunnam, who plays Arthur in the film. “I walked onto set and said, ‘I think you should check the contract. I have to be the most handsome man on set. Old Becksy’s not going to work for me.’ So that’s what we did to him.”

Check out the clip above.

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