Black Knight: Nicola Goode
EW Staff
October 24, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Black Knight

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/21/01
performer
Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson
director
Gil Junger
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Darryl Quarles
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Director Gil Junger follows up his hit shakespeare update, ”10 Things I Hate About You,” with a riff on Twain’s ”A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” But he initially planned to pass on the comedy, which finds a Medieval World theme-park employee (Martin Lawrence) getting conked unconscious and waking up in a royal mess. ”I figured I’d read 30 pages of another stupid comedy,” he says. ”By the end, my hands were shaking. It was weird.”

No weirder than seeing theater-bred thespian (and ”Full Monty” man) Tom Wilkinson swapping quips with the notorious improviser. ”A trained middle-aged English actor and the tradition Martin comes from — couldn’t be more different,” admits Wilkinson. ”But once you’ve worked opposite Vanessa Redgrave, you’re ready for anything.”

As for Lawrence’s reputation for being a set spoiler? ”You have to appreciate and respect what Martin needs to do to be comfortable and funny. He is, after all, the star of the film,” Junger says. ”So you do what you can to make Martin fly, because when he hits it, he’s truly incredible.”

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