Mark Wahlberg has revealed that his production company were close to landing the film rights to 50 Shades Of Grey before it became a worldwide phenomenon.
The actor was in talks with author EL Gray about adapting the erotic novel for the big screen, but never intended to appear in front of the camera himself.
"We were very close to getting the rights, we were talking with the writer before she had an agent," he told Access Hollywood.
"I just knew that it was going to be a phenomenon, whether I thought it was good, bad or indifferent. It was definitely going to be one of those things that would create a huge buzz."
Is it us or is he hinting that he is not a fan?
Wahlberg did not land the rights in the end, and speculation is rife as to who will play the female lead. Kristen Stewart is thought to be one of the frontrunners.
Can we expect to see Mark as the leading man?
"I don't think I would consider playing the part, I don't think my wife would like that," he joked.
That's a no, then.
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