World reknowned Hollywood director Guy Ritchie has revealed that he tried unsuccessfully to get Conor McGregor to appear in his latest movie, ‘King Arthur’.
Not only that, but according to Ritchie, the lead character Arthur’s fighting style was based on ‘The Notorious’ UFC champion.
“Preparing for the action scenes [in King Arthur], we watched a lot of McGregor fight footage because his style was what we were after. That very intense, singular, lightning fast, juggernaut trademark technique was perfect and we modelled Arthur’s physicality on that,” Ritchie told the Irish Sun.
“We even went after him for a part in the movie but he wasn’t having any of it. Was training for a fight at the time, couldn’t take his attention away from that. But you can see in his presence, in his demeanor, he’s got that swagger, that real appealing cockiness. It’s an unmistakable spark.”
Ritchie is not the first director to attempt to bring McGregor’s fighting style to the big screen, with Ben Affleck having previously gone on record as saying that the MMA superstar had been the inspiration for his Batman character’s fighting style in the ‘Batman Vs Superman’ movie.
McGregor also turned down a part in ‘XXX: The Return Of Zander Cage’ movie last year to focus on fighting, with middleweight champion Michael Bisping taking the role instead.