Charlie Hunnam has been pretty much non-existent since revealing that he was quitting 50 Shades of Grey, keeping complete radio silence. Well, now he’s broken his silence, talking to the press at a fundraising event in Burbank for One Heart Source Education Programs in Africa on Monday. Of course, not a single mention of 50 Shades, and I don’t think he’ll ever mention it again. That’s probably the best for everyone.
From E! Online:
“I am doing good. I am just really concentrating on work. It’s been a really busy time,” he said.
“I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive.”
E! News has learned that Charlie’s father, Billy, had passed away in May of this year and that the actor traveled back to England to be with family at the time.
Charlie’s currently wrapping up season six of the hit FX series and explained what he plans on doing before his final days as Jax Teller.
“Like I said, I’ve got some family stuff I have to tend to. So when I wrap the show, I am going to go to England and see my people and then I have a film that I am doing with Guillermo [del Toro]. So I am going to go and do that and concentrate on the final seasons of Sons.“
You know when someone starts a sentence with “Like I said…”, you can pretty much translate that to “Bitch, stop asking me this question”, right?
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Charlie Hunnam, best known from his role on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, seemed to be pretty stoked about locking down one of the lead roles in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie, but it seems like it finally dawned on him that his legacy would end up being some shitty fanfic porno and he’s pulled out of the project altogether! Of course, his reasoning is “schedule conflicts” (like he wouldn’t have known that before signing on), but I think we all know the truth.
Here’s the statement from Universal:
“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.”
Aw, what a shame he’ll be letting all that “chemistry” with Dakota Johnson go to waste! Ha. In all seriousness, I’m not sure which respectable actors they’ll convince to sign on for the project. Yes, I know Twilight existed and the stars have done well, but this is seriously BDSM porn… and not only that, it’s poorly written porn. George Clooney isn’t exactly going to be waiting for the phone to ring.
So, now that the role is open again, who should take it?
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Well, I’ll say this: I fucking hope so, considering! First of all, the 50 Shades of Grey movie is going to be an absolute disaster. The book was a disaster (and – on principle as an intelligent human being who has a better imagination than that in a modified piece of Twilight porn – I absolutely refused to read it) and the movie will follow suit. That being said, it will make MILLIONS from desperate middle-aged housewives whose husbands aren’t exciting them sexually anymore, and Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson must be seeing the dollar signs in their eyes – they’re going to be filthy rich.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,” Hunnam told The Hollywood Reporter and handful of reporters. “It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”
“I went and read the first book to get a clearer idea of who this character was, and felt even more excited about the prospect of bringing him to life.”
Oh, I bet it was “exciting”. I bet the idea of S&M – so long as you’re in the “S” bracket – is super “compelling” and really gets you going. Not that I’m insinuating that Charlie Hunnam is some kind of sadist sicko in real life, as I’m sure this is all about the money he stands to make (don’t forget, this is a trilogy). However, it just seems like icing on the cake that he gets to film a bunch of raunchy sex scenes in which he’s in control of a woman. I dunno, I’m probably just being a pessimist – wouldn’t be the first time, admittedly.
So, Evil Beeters… do any of you actually LIKE this series? If so, can you explain to me the fucking point? Because I just honestly don’t get it in the slightest. Maybe I need to kickstart my own porn writing career, only mine would be a steamy re-telling of The X-Files instead of Twilight. Mulder and Scully? I mean, er… Roberts and Williams? Oh yeah, they’re freaky.