WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King, in theaters now.
A big part of why The Kid Who Would Be King works so well is the willingness of writer/director Joe Cornish to tinker with Arthurian legend. The fantasy adventure depicts a bonkers Merlin, played by both Angus Imrie and Patrick Stewart, a Lady of the Lake who raises with Excalibur out of a bathtub, and an army of literal schoolchildren that goes to war against a legion of undead warriors.
But even Cornish (Attack the Block) didn't go through with all of his ideas to toy with the well-known stories about Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. While speaking with CBR ahead of the film's release, Cornish described a scene that he described as too hot to make the cut.
"I did have a sexy Lady of the Lake, at one stage," he recalled. "And I had a scene where Merlin, because in the legends, Merlin has an affair with [Nimue]. So I was going to have a scene where she just sort of -- her hand came out of the water and she made this 'come hither' gesture with her finger.
"And then Merlin went, 'Excuse me kids, I'll be 10 minutes,' and just walked into the water, like Nicole Kidman in The Hours," he continued. "Just walk straight into the lake and disappear underneath it. That's a weird comparison to make. But he comes out again, unlike Nicole Kidman in The Hours, and now this is become distasteful. You can see why I kicked that one to the curb. Not so PG."
In theaters now, Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Rhianna Dorris, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.