I don’t know anything about Charlie Hunnam. I don’t watch Sons of Anarchy, I’ve never seen him in an interview and I don’t pay much attention to him in my daily life. That being said, I feel like he must be a rather clever and respectable young man, and that is based entirely on his decision to back out of 50 Shades of Grey because he realized how disastrous it would be.
In a new interview with Men’s Health (via US Weekly), Charlie talks a bit about his decision not to take on the role of Christian Grey, though he still swears it’s because of his shooting schedule and not because he would never be taken seriously again.
“I was going to finish playing a psychopath who’d just lost his wife [in Sons], and five days later I’d be on set playing Christian Grey,” the hunky 34-year-old told the mag for its December issue. “I was like, ‘This is going to be a f—ing disaster.’ It was the opposite of how I’ve tried to ground my career, not stretch myself too thin, and always do my homework.
Hunnam further explained that “there’s a tendency in this Hollywood machinery to take on too much. You end up not being able to give everything you want.” He learned early on that that kind of lifestyle doesn’t work for him. “Since I was young, I’ve been aware that I need time to myself to process everything,” he told Men’s Health.
Well, whatever the reason, dropping out of that softcore shit show is probably the best decision he’ll ever make in life. Keep in mind that he could have had far more fame and fortune by doing 50 Shades than he’ll ever get on Sons of Anarchy, at least mainstream-wise, so I think it says something of his character that he shied away from that.
Here’s one more photo, for your troubles:
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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.
Fifty Shades of Grey fans are the new Twilight fans in terms of the “you guys are absolutely nuts” factor. Casting for the lead actors in the Fifty Shades film was just announced. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam “won” the roles, and fans are downright pissed. You see, they wanted Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel. And because they’re totally f-cking delusional, they think that writing a petition and getting signatures will change this. Here’s their petition, straight from Change.org:
Matt Bomer is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN GREY AND ALEXIS BLEDEL IS THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO REPRESENT ANASTASIA STEELE and if THEY ARE NOT, NOBODY WILL BE And I read the whole trilogy and I can assure that Matt is the perfect actor for this movie and Alexis too. So please PLEASE, all of the GREYsessed and Bomerettes in the world NEED those actors. They always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. WE CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS, ANYTHING.
And here’s what they want you to (digitally) sign:
Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
That isn’t how Hollywood works, everyone. When I checked, the petition 12,908 had signatures. When I refreshed about 2 minutes later, it had 12,983. They even made their own poster, for emphasis (above). “SHITT GUYSSSSS I’M SO PROUD OF EVERYONE WHO IS HELP RIGHT NOW,” says the petition’s founder.
Fifty Shades of Grey‘s lead, Christian Grey, was finally cast for the film adaption of the crappiest of books. I think it’s hilarious that Hollywood is so invested in making what is essentially a big budget softcore pornographic film. So to middle-aged moms everywhere, MEET YOUR CHRISTIAN GREY! (Oh and by the way, the female lead has also been cast. Her name is Dakota Johnson, and Melanie Griffith is her mom and her dad is Don Johnson. Those are her best credentials. I’m sure it was super hard for her to get the part.)
His name is Charlie Hunnam and he’s a British dude currently best known for starring on the TV show, Sons of Anarchy. E Online gave us this announcement and also some trivia about the chap. Like,
He’s a romantic: After meeting his ex-wife Katherine Towne at an audition for Dawson’s Creek in 1999, the couple married just a few weeks later. The couple later split in 2002. He has since moved on to jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, who he’s been dating for six years.
Yeah, he’s a romantic. He’s not foolhardy or stupid for marrying someone he just met, he’s definitely a romantic.
The film’s director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, professional creeper.
What do you think of this casting choice?