As you will most probably already be aware, Charlie Hunnam is hot as all h*ck. And it was in this capacity – ‘hot’ – that he was cast as that entrepreneur with a proclivity for kink, Christian Grey.
In the most recent V Magazine issue they probed Hunnam with the questions that have max-reach, those about the $569 million Fifty Shades of Grey motion picture event.
Despite speculation to the contrary, his dropping out was not down to the freaky nasty stuff. “The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece,” he said. “When I was 18 I was getting f*cked in the ass, completely naked on national TV, y’know?”
#tbt Queer as Folk @littlefinger
The part may be bad, but according to Hunnam he was perfectly good at it: “I did terrific work and [Christian Grey] came to life in a really exciting way for me, and then I had to surrender him.”
He spoke at length about the call to Sam Taylor-Johnson to let her know he couldn’t go on (Sons of Anarchy SPOILER ALERT in this paragraph): “I called her and we both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes. I needed to tell her that this was not going to work. I was going to finish Sons, shoot the whole sequence where Tara was brutally murdered, fly to Vancouver the next day, have 10 days of rehearsal, and then start shooting. Then I was going to have three days after that and I’d have to start shooting Crimson Peak and then I’d have two days to travel and go back into season seven of Sons. There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak. I just got myself so f*cking overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn’t know what to do.”
And overall, he just did not have a great old time giving up the part: “Oh it was the worst professional experience of my life. It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.”
Jamie Dornan may have taken his part, but he will never take… HIS FREEDOM!
Title image photographed by Tim Walker and styled by Jacob K via V Magazine.