Entertainment Weekly

Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur Actually Gets Me to Read an Issue of Entertainment Weekly

To start the new year off right, I got myself a subscription to Entertainment Weekly magazine. Despite the evidence in its title, I didn’t realize how often “weekly” meant. Well, I did, but I didn’t realize the commitment it would require. Every.single.Friday. one of their issues finds its way into my mailbox, and I simply never read them. Who can read a 70 page magazine every week? And the print! That print is tiny. So it’s more like 140 pages. Also there are graphs and charts and a slew of facts per article, and honestly, you just have to be in the mood to dive into its detailedness.

But this week’s issue? Let’s just say I got in the mood VERY quickly.

See exhibit A:


Why, what is this? WHO is this? This blonde haired beauty with just enough ruggedness to make me swoon appropriately and just enough piercing blue in his eyes to see right through to my soul? Who are you, I ask??

I read the name “Charlie Hunnam.” Wait…the Sons of Anarchy star originally cast as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey? THAT Charlie Hunnam? I recall when he was announced as Christian. I saw a photo and thought, “No he’s not right! He’s far too rough. Christian should make you stop in your tracks.” Well, ladies and gents, I stand corrected. THIS GUY shoulda been Christian Grey and I am only now realizing what a tragedy it is he wasn’t. Because I definitely stopped in my tracks upon seeing him on this week’s cover as the star of an upcoming King Arthur film. And while I typically just throw my EW off to the side until I’m mentally prepared to absorb its statistics-enhanced pop culture news, I dove RIGHT IN, people, RIGHT IN.

Exhibit B:

KingArthur2I had never flipped open an EW issue so quickly. But my need for more Charlie Hunnam hunkiness had to be satiated! Look at him with that sword, so casual, so “Oh I play with swords every day. It’s so fun. You should join me some time. Do you like swords?” Yes, Charlie, I do…

Exhibit C:


Here he is being all method and actor-ish, getting a debriefing from King Arthur director Guy Ritchie on the proper way to remove Excalibur from the stone. But let’s be real, Ritchie, I think Charlie has this one covered. Even through that quilted white medieval gear, I can see his biceps at the ready. But while Charlie may possess the physical strength needed to pull Excalibur from the stone, does he have the emotional caliber?

Exhibit D:


Uh, yah, yah I think he does. In this easy pose, one can see the weight of serious thinking and dramatic wisdom seemlessly melding within and exuding from him. Can’t you see it? He almost looks lonely in that pile of furs, like he needs a companion to help keep things warm…but do you have a lighter side, Charlie? I appreciate your brooding face, but a sense of humor is so very important.

Exhibit E: KingArthur5

Oh my, I’m getting more than I bargained for with every turn of the page. Just LOOK at that smile!! He really loves that sword. (Do they have, like, band aids at the ready on set? Because he is just throwing that thing around.) You seem to have it all, Charlie: enchanting looks, rugged manliness, deep emotional sensitivity, and a lighter side that brings out a smile that warms even a black and white photograph. Okay, I’m getting carried away.

Back on track.

You really deliver, EW. There I was, wondering if I could handle yet another issue of yours (they’re becoming like a pile of unfinished homework assignments, if I’m to be honest) and then THIS comes to my door. I certainly won’t be ridding myself of a subscription to you any time soon. Perhaps you should do a follow up issue when King Arthur is ready to be released in theaters? Hm? I think that would be a lovely idea.

Until then, though, I leave you with more Charlie Hunnam photos, if you think you can handle it: