Though “Fifty Shades of Grey” now stars “Once Upon A Time’s” Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, “Sons of Anarchy’s” Charlie Hunnam famously was attached to the role and had to leave it.
When speaking to members of the press at FOX’s summer TV press tour party on July 20, Hunnam restates that the reason he had to leave the movie was “because of scheduling.” “It was as simple as that, and it was pretty heartbreaking for me,” he tells Zap2it. “But it is what it is, and you can’t win ’em all.”
Because Hunnam is so attached to the role, he says he would absolutely be OK with his audition tape being released, be it as a DVD extra or some sort of special feature, so fans can see what his interpretation of Grey would have been like. With that being said, Hunnam makes it clear he thinks Dornan is going to do a great job as Christian Grey.
“He’s probably a lot better looking and a lot smoother than I am, you know?” Hunnam says. “I would have brought some rugged charm to it, but believe me, he’s going to do just fine.”
He has no hard feelings about the fact he couldn’t make the role work for him, and Hunnam even admits he’s “excited to take my girlfriend and go see it” on Valentine’s Day 2015. Similarly, Hunnam has nothing but kind words for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and dismisses the idea that the “Fifty Shades of Grey” novel or movie are just “mommy porn.”
“I think people really, really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to that type of talk,” he says. “I can see why people say stuff like that, but what [E.L. James] actually created was a pretty sophisticated, fascinating dynamic, and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject matter. I actually think what she did was pretty brilliant.”
Hunnam says Taylor-Johnson’s vision for the movie that grabbed his attention was “one of seeking truth and authenticity. Obviously she’s an incredible artist, so just a very sophisticated exploration of that piece.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and will hit theaters on Feb. 13, 2015.