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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. interview with Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavil and Armie Hammer

And how hair color determined casting

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With both Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill putting on an accent for their starring roles in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., audiences might be surprised to learn that it wasn’t necessarily who could do the best Russian accent that determined their characters. It was their hair.

Director Guy Ritchie and stars Hammer and Cavill appeared at an EW Sirius XM Radio Town Hall to discuss the newly released film and how they came to the project in the first place. Ritchie revealed how, after Tom Cruise dropped out of the film, deciding who would play Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin was partially determined by who looked better sporting blond hair. And it was decidedly not Cavill, as he and Ritchie explain.

Watch the interview about to hear the stars also discuss the state of the film as they came to it, including a version of the film that was “one of the worst scripts” Ritchie ever read when he was first introduced to the project.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is now in theaters.

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