Charlie Hunnam recently sat down with V Man magazine and as well as posing for some HOT pics (above) talked quite a bit about his departure from playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey!
Though Jamie Dornan did a solid job in the adaptation of E.L. James‘ erotic novel by the same title, we think Hunnam could have been great — and the Sons of Anarchy star has his own mixed feelings about his involvement.
Charlie said of backing out of the film:
“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.”
Part of the reason the 35-year-old had to decommit from Fifty Shades was because he had already promised Guillermo Del Toro he’d sign on for the upcoming horror movie, Crimson Peak. Apparently Hunnam is a man of his word as he said:
“I’d given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do this film. People were saying, ‘Are you crazy? Guillermo still has got four months to recast, it’s the fourth lead, you can go and do this [instead].’ I said, ‘I can’t. He’s my friend, I’ve done a film with him, I gave him my word.’ I’m pretty mercurial and a very difficult, long-winded decision-maker at the best of times. It was deeply unpleasant and challenging emotionally. I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word. It means a lot to me, truly.”
Being an honorable man, Charlie took it upon himself to break the news to director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and there were a lot of emotions!
“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–king overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing.”
He’s obviously since calmed down a bit and moved on as he’s currently filming Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Though he does want people to know the real reason he backed out had nothing to do with his fear of the sexual content in the film as some rumors suggest. He says:
“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. When I was 18 I was getting f**ked in the ass, completely naked on national TV, you know?”
Charlie was of course referring to his stint on Queer as Folk and we sure would have loved to see A LOT more of Charlie and his Hunnam as Christian Grey.
Sadly sometimes things just don’t work out.
Instead, we’re definitely stoked for Crimson Peak coming out in a few weeks as well as Hunnam’s turn as King Arthur!
Really, we’re fine with anything he wants to do, as long as it’s shirtless!
[Image via Tim Walker/VMAN.]