King Arthur

US (2004)
Running time tbc
Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Evergreen Productions

First pictures from the set July 2003 © The Z Review


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Ray as Bors © The Z Review
Ray as Bors
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written by David Franzoni and John Lee Hancock
directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day)

Epic filming in Ireland until November 2003. Visual brief from the director is "''Gladiator/Braveheart' meets 'Black Hawk Down' and the first twenty minutes of 'Saving Private Ryan'". Action sequences are gritty and gruelling.

Some nice new pictures of Ray as Bors from the Empire site.

For lots more information visit Murph's excellent Clive Owen site.

IMDB entry here.

The movie has an official website where you can view the trailer, see photos and download lots of goodies such as screensavers, desktop wallpapers etc.

Many reviews at Murph's Clive Owen site but here are a few comments about Ray:

NY Times: "...notably Ray Winstone (as a lusty, cantankerous knight named Bors)". "Winstone’s Bors is hilarious, tender and boisterous all in the same moment which makes him a fan favorite."

The Boston Herald: "Among the most memorable of Arthur's band of brothers is Bors (Ray Winstone, "Sexy Beast''), who appears to believe he's in a sequel to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail.'' Bors dotes on his dozen or so children when he's not getting drunk or bashing someone's brains out."

The Seattle Times: "Ray Winstone, with his big, blocky head, brings a cackling lightness to his role as Round Table warrior Bors."

New York Daily News: "Bors (Ray Winstone) is more of a soccer lad with his bald, menacing head."

Newark Star Ledger: "Ray Winstone plays a gruff and hearty knight so gruffly and heartily he should be called Victorius McLagen. "

Orlando Sentinel: "The Magnificent Seven face down the Saxons, trading heroic quips and jokes as the big, bluff Winstone, of Sexy Beast, steals the picture." "Ray Winstone as Sir Bors adds greatly to the film, cementing the bond of friendship between the knights."

Tallahassee Democrat: "Only the beefy Bors (played by the terrific English actor Ray Winstone) emerges as a truly memorable knight."

East Bay Express: "...and Bors (the energetic Ray Winstone), who is not pretty at all but nearly rides off with the movie. Winstone's crude, lewd warrior chews up miles of scenery and hacks it back out. The wisecracking character obviously jazzed up screenwriter David Franzoni (Gladiator) and seems to reflect some of the more Machiavellian tendencies of the movie's bazillionaire producer. For about half an hour, one wonders if the title should have read King Bors."

Yahoo and others: "Winstone, so excellent in Sexy Beast, here provides sporadic, much-needed comic relief as a knight whose girlfriend has given birth to so many of their children, they've assigned them numbers rather than names. They "mean something to me," Bors says during a rare moment of introspection. "Especially No. 3 - he's a good fighter." "

Metro Newspapers, San Jose: "The failed comedy relief is by Ray Winstone, a crude knight named Bors, who tells dick jokes that are inelegant by the standards of a dick joke."

King Arthur Clive Owen
Merlin Stephen Dillane
Guinevere Keira Knightley
Lancelot Ioan Gruffudd
Bors Ray Winstone
Galahad Hugh Dancy
Tristan Mads Mikkelsen
Cedric Stellan Skarsgard
Dagonet Ray Stevenson
Cynric Til Schweiger
Ganis Charlie Creed-Miles
Gawain Joel Edgerton
Marcus Honorius Ken Stott

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