David Beckham recently landed a small cameo role in friend Guy Ritchie‘s new film, King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, and critics agree it is cringeworthy.


A clip from the film in which Charlie Hunnam‘s character successfully frees the sword from the stone includes a bit with Beckham, who mocks Hunnam. “Where do you think I want you? Hands on the hilt, stupid,” says Beckham in his film debut. “Boy, both hands.”

Hunnam uses the words as a motivator to get the sword, but it seems no one can focus on Hunnam’s part in the clip. “Just heard a clip of Mr David Beckham in the new King Arthur film oh god it’s cringe,” said one Twitter user. “This is the worst piece of acting I have had the misfortune to witness,” said another.

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In addition to Beckham’s lousy performance, the film itself has garnered an embarrassing 24% on rottentomatoes.com. The Village Voice calls it “soul-crushingly generic,” while Time Out says, “you’ll groan.”

And Micheal Phillips of the Chicago Tribune frankly puts it: “I’m no businessman, but plans for a six-film franchise may be optimistic. Optimism is nowhere to be found in Ritchie’s movie itself. It is a grim and stupid thing, from one of the world’s most successful mediocre filmmakers.”

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