AceShowbiz - "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" will soon hit U.S. theaters and numerous promotional clips have been released. Among the clips is a video which features David Beckham, who flaunts yellowed teeth, scars and broken nose for his role as one of Vortigern's (Jude Law) soldiers named Trigger. Despite appearing very briefly in the clip, Beckham's appearance has surprisingly attracted criticism among viewers.
The clip sees Beckham's Trigger speaking to Charlie Hunnam's Arthur in a Cockney accent as he tells him to hold the Excalibur with both hands. "Bouncing on me knee-where do ya think I want ya? Hands on the heel, stupid," says Trigger. Shortly after watching Beckham's scene, many people took to social media to express their disappointment over his performance.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan sarcastically dubs Beckham's performance "Oscar-level excellent" and goes on saying that "he could be the third Mitchell brother!" A review in Empire says that Beckham's cameo is "misguided, fist-biter of a performance-almost impressive when you consider it features a man who's actually from Leytonstone playing an unconvincing Cockney."
Meanwhile, a review in Telegraph reads, "The former footballer appears under facial scarring make-up as one of Vortigern's soldiers, and shows just about enough dramatic range to have played the stone the sword got stuck in."
However, director Guy Ritchie and Hunnam defend Beckham by suggesting that they're glad to work with the sports star. "He was fantastic, I love old Becksy," says Ritchie, who is also a friend to Beckham. "He is a fabulous actor and a real pleasure to be with."
Of Beckham, Hunnam says, "It was lovely (working with Beckham), he did an amazing job. He is very quiet and humble and serious. 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."
Also starring in the movie are Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill Wilson, Eric Bana as King Uther Pendagron and Kamil Lemieszewski as Merlin. "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" will hit U.S. theaters on May 12.