Guy Ritchie reckons Conor McGregor “could clean up in Hollywood”, and compared him to Jason Statham.
The director, who attempted to book the Irish MMA champ for a role in his upcoming film King Arthur, is keen to work with Conor due to his “unmistakable spark”.
“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.
“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,” he told the Irish Sun on Sunday.
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“But you can see in his presence, in his demeanour, he’s got that swagger, that real appealing cockiness. It’s an unmistakeable spark.
“I’ve worked with athletes before and they are utter pros. There’s this unflinching discipline. The director is the same as the coach and when it’s action, they know their mark, they’re rehearsed and prepared and that’s a f*****g pleasure.
“Like Jason Statham, he’s an athlete, completely on his game all the time, look where he’s at now. And you can see that similarity in Conor, he could clean up in Hollywood,” he said.
Guy directed the new King Arthur epic, which stars Charlie Hunnam in the lead role, and tells the story of Arthur’s battle to save the people of England from the evil King Vortigern, who is played by Jude Law.
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The movie boasts a star-studded cast, including Eric Bana, Poppy Delevingne, Aidan Gillen, and even footballer legend David Beckham – who cameos as a disfigured medieval prison guard.
“It’s an impossible task to make that man physically unappealing. We gave him the yellow teeth, this huge scar across his face, nothing smears his beauty,” Guy said about trying to ‘uglify’ his pal David for the role.
“My goal was to have no one recognise him. I wanted it to be one of the surprises, when you walk out you go, ‘hang on a minute.’
“But my assistant, who’s female, while I was shooting that scene, she’s beside me and I say, ‘Do you think anyone will know it’s him?’ And she said, ‘I don’t care, I’d still bang him’. Says it all right there,” he added.