I got really big, bigger than I've ever been for King Arthur. I got to 190 pounds!
[on how he created the look for King Arthur] I was very very skinny at the end of shooting Sons of Anarchy which I was shooting right before I came to do King Arthur. I had 8 weeks or something like that to put on as much weight as I can. I have a very responsive body as I have been losing weight and putting it back on many times so the body remembers how to do that. But for this, I wanted to push it further and get into even better shape than I had ever been. We talked about the physicality of Arthur early on and we wanted him to feel like a starving wolf. So I didn't want to get swollen up, I wanted to be really really ripped and have very little body fat. So it required a really disciplined diet and lots and lots and lots of push-ups and pull ups.
[about maintaining his physical shape all the time] Thanks for noticing my physique. Unfortunately there is no secret to it, you just have to stop eating all of the things you want to eat and exercise everyday till you have lost the will to lift. I am sick of it. I am telling you, I am giving serious consideration to hanging up my six-pack! I think I am retiring. I'm 36 now, I'm too old for this!