Charlie Hunnam caused quite a stir over the weekend when it was announced that he had dropped out of the ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie. Why would he drop out all of a sudden when it seemed he was excited to take on the role of Christian Grey? Lots of rumors have been swirling around about why he left the role. His official reason was the movie conflicts with his TV role on ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ Pretty much everyone shot that down immediately. Then there were rumors that he simply had cold feet on playing the overly-sexy character Christian Grey.
Then came the rumors yesterday that Charlie didn’t want to have to deal with Robert Pattinson went through in ‘Twilight’ and being typecast. “He dropped out of the project because he didn’t want to be typecast,” a source told People. “He didn’t want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with taking on this role.” This doesn’t seem incredibly likely to me, either, because he HAD TO have known all this going into the movie. You do a trilogy like this, and what do you think is going to happen.
The latest rumor is that Charlie never planned on taking the role in the first place, and always intended on dropping out.
The search for Christian Grey has begun anew. As revealed over the weekend, Charlie Hunnam has departed the very high-profile film adaptation of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, with film studios citing the Sons of Anarchy star’s “immersive TV schedule” preventing him from committing fully to the coveted role of Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele in the erotic drama.
“Charlie Hunnam was never going to do Fifty Shades of Grey,” argues one source close to the production. “He told his agents from the beginning he didn’t want to do it and was going to pull out,” the insider continues of the blond, grizzled AMC star, 33, whose name was announced early last month.
A second source close to Hunnam counters that the exit is “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.”
And despite the tremendous media attention brought on by Hunnam’s casting, “this is not due to cold feet,” the second source contends. “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.”
Adds the pal: “While this was a tough decision, it was the right decision and he’s happy he made it.”
Hunnam initially won the role over the likes of oft-discussed contenders like Ian Somerhalder, Robert Pattinson and frontrunner Matt Bomer. For Hunnam — committed to his series and “passion projects” in film — “ultimately it wasn’t worth it,” a third source says. “I know the filmmakers and Universal are not happy.”
I’ll give Charlie this……. he certainly made people stop and take notice of him. All of a sudden he was being followed by paparazzi, and sites like this one were talking about him for the first time. I don’t watch ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (even though I hear it’s amazing) so I had never even heard of Charlie until he was cast in this role. Was that his goal all along? To get people talking about him? That’s a bit genius, you gotta admit.
Here are new pictures of Charlie on the set of ‘SOA’.