[Gossip] Charlie Hunnam Reportedly Never Wanted Fifty Shades Of Grey Role
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.14.2013
He may have been planning to drop out for a long time...
US Weekly reports that Charlie Hunnam may have never wanted the role of Christian Grey in the adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey. He dropped out of the film over the weekend and the studio cited his "immersive TV schedule" with Sons of Anarchy preventing him from taking part. The film currently stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Hunnam was announced last month.
A source said: "Charlie Hunnam was never going to do Fifty Shades of Grey. He told his agents from the beginning he didn't want to do it and was going to pull out."
Another source denies the claims, however and said: "[It's] truly due to scheduling. The role of Christian Grey requires a massive time commitment, a trilogy role in which Charlie and his team were originally very aware of from the start and a major consideration in his hesitancy for taking the role. Charlie is the lead in a massive TV series and his loyalty will always be to Sons of Anarchy, the SOA family and fans. This is not due to cold feet. Charlie is very true to his craft and something like the media circus is not going to deter him from taking a role. That said, the project wasn't appearing to shape up as expected. There is no bad blood. While this was a tough decision, it was the right decision and he's happy he made it."
He won the role over rumored names like Iam Somerhalder, Robert Pattinson and Matt Bomer.
A third source said Hunnam is committed to his show and "passion projects" in film.
The source added: "Ultimately it wasn't worth it. I know the filmmakers and Universal are not happy."
In September, Hunnam said that he knew starring in the trilogy was "a big commitment". He met with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and had a reading with Dakota Johnson. He said: "There's just like a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling."