Charlie Hunnam Regrets Ditching ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ role
After months of staying silent on the issue, Charlie Hunnam is now talking about the role he left behind, calling the decision to drop out of the lead role of ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ “heartbreaking.”
“I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken it on in the first place,” he told Life & Style over the weekend. “When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it’s heartbreaking not to be able to play him […] It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life.”
The ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star was set to play billionaire heartthrob Christian Grey, but dropped out of the film last October. Universal, who is producing ’50 Shades of Grey,’ said the exit was allegedly due to scheduling conflicts with FX drama ‘Sons of Anarchy” and upcoming movie ‘Crimson Peak.’
Based on Hunnam’s comments, it seems that he truly wanted to portray Christian’s character in a particular way but had to give it up because he couldn’t put his own spin on the role. We’ll have to see how Irish actor Jamie Dornan fares in the role before we decide whether Hunnam would’ve been the better man for the job.
Despite his heartbreak, Hunnam is open to see Dornan’s portrayal of the character.
“If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there,” he said. “If not, I’ll go and buy some tickets on opening night.”
’50 Shades of Grey’ is set to bow Feb. 13, 2015.