Sons Of Anarchy Star Charlie Hunnam Quits Fifty Shades Of Grey: Real Reason Actor Walked Out Revealed?
Charlie Hunnam may have put his Fifty Shades Of Grey exit down to his “immersive TV schedule”, but reports now suggest that the actor left the movie role because he didn’t want to be remembered for playing Christian Grey in the eagerly anticipated flick.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news this weekend that Charlie had to walk away from the movie role due to his hectic TV schedule, which would not give him enough time to prepare for the role.
A statement published on the US site reads: “The filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
However, a source has now told Hollywoodlife that this is not the case.
“Charlie got cold feet,” the industry insider told the gossip site. “He wanted to get out of the movie because he was feeling like it would be his version of Showgirls and he didn’t want to be remembered for that.”
They also added that Charlie “was not ready for the celebrity status that he would receive if the movie worked out.”
Fan reactions to Charlie being cast as Mr. Grey were hardly encouraging and the insider adds that this also played a factor in the actor’s decision to walk away from the role.
“Add that with the studio execs being highly disappointed by the reaction to the casting, they wanted to start over with a clean slate.”
The announcement comes after Hunnam had been saying how he was planning on giving the role his all.
“I’m taking it very seriously and intend to explore the nature of who this character is, what motivates him – and also dress up nice and look good in those suits,” the star told Entertainment Weekly.
Despite sources saying otherwise, he then went on to say that he understands the uproar about the part: “There are so many fans of that book and I know that on the surface, I’m probably not what everybody imagined,” he said. “Because reading is so personal and people bring a character to life in their imagination, they feel ownership over that character.”
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