Alan Ritchson's Creative Clash with Ritchie on Film's Violence

Alan Ritchson delves into the depth of character portrayal.

by Nouman Rasool
Alan Ritchson's Creative Clash with Ritchie on Film's Violence
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Alan Ritchson's journey in "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" not only reflects a convergence of his extensive preparation and unique creative challenges but also underscores his deep commitment to authentically portraying a real-life war hero.

His experience with director Guy Ritchie, who is known for his meticulous attention to detail, evolved into a significant learning curve for Ritchson as they navigated their creative differences on set. In a recent conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Ritchson shared insights into his rigorous preparation for his role.

"Guy is very particular. He will adjust the smallest things like the angle of your glasses to ensure everything aligns with his vision," Ritchson said. Despite Ritchie's precision, the actor was pushed to improvise extensively, deviating from the script that he had meticulously memorized with the help of a dialect coach.

"I was so nervous about mastering this high English accent influenced by Danish aristocracy, but Guy wanted us to discover the film on set, which meant letting go of the prepared script and just living in the character," Ritchson explained.

Clash Over Violence

This improvisation led to an intense 'creative argument' between Ritchson and Ritchie, as Ritchson felt compelled to advocate for a more violent portrayal of his character, Anders Lassen, a decorated Danish soldier whose hatred for Nazis was deeply personal.

Ritchson argued that the violence was not just about action but was a portrayal of Lassen's intense personal vendetta against the Nazis, influenced by a family divided by the war. Ritchson's commitment extended beyond acting; he spent countless hours training in archery to ensure his portrayal was as realistic as possible.

"Every waking second when I wasn't shooting for 'Reacher' was spent mastering the bow and arrow," he shared. This preparation paid dividends, allowing him to perform complex stunts that added authenticity to his character's combat skills.

Ritchson's experience on this film not only tested his acting and physical capabilities but also his resolve to honor the legacy of Anders Lassen and the unsung heroes of the first-ever special forces unit. This role was more than just another acting gig; it was a tribute to those who fought valiantly against tyranny.

The film is set to hit theaters on April 19, promising audiences a blend of historical reverence and thrilling cinematic spectacle.