“I think it was way more about getting ready to go through hell rather than learning fight sequences and stuff,” Stewart said. “Every time I learned something, it was so not right [for the character]. Everything that I do in the movie, I could physically do.”
For Stewart’s co-star Claflin, who makes an impressive entrance in the film as the dashing and very skilled archer William, the actor was happy to have seasoned action star Chris Hemsworth around on set for guidance.
“For me, I had Chris Hemsworth to look at constantly,” Claflin said of who he modeled his character after. “Way to make you feel less of a man. I think the producers wanted me to be him, but he couldn’t play both parts. I was training quite a lot. One day I was on set when he took his top off and said, ‘Can you hold this?’ and [his stomach] is literally an ironing board,” he joked, before admitting that his training was not at all easy. “It was hard. It was very hard work.”