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Charlie Hunnam Cried When He Turned Down Fifty Shades Of Grey

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Remember when Charlie Hunnam was confirmed to be playing Christian Grey in the incredibly popular 50 Shades of Grey franchise? It only last for about 15 glorious minutes before he dropped out of the project, citing scheduling conflicts. However, it sounds like there was a lot more to it than that, and it left poor old Charlie bawling...

In a recent interview for V Man magazine, the Sons of Anarchy actor revealed that not only was the scheduling a total nightmare, he was also panicking about the role and decided he just couldn't do it. He even ended up crying down the phone with director Sam Taylor-Wood because of his decision.

He said: "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 ten 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 fucking overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn't know what to do."

Although the actor was panicking about the role, apparently it had nothing to do with the sexual nature of the movie as he already had plenty of experience getting hot and heavy onscreen as a teenager on Channel 4 show, Queer as Folk.

He said: "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*cked in the ass, completely naked on national TV, y'know?"

Excellent point.


Although we would LOVE to have seen Charlie in the role of Christian, the wealthy billionaire with a BDSM fetish, the role eventually went to Jamie Dornan who was luckily the man of most of our dreams and much more popular with the fan base, who was admittedly divided at the announcement of Charlie Hunnam as Christian.

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