Although the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey” has come and gone, the ghost of Christian Grey still haunts Charlie Hunnam. The “Sons of Anarchy” star, who was initially cast in the leading role, says the experience of dropping out of the film was the worst of his professional career thus far.
In a new interview with V Man magazine, Hunnam reveals the emotional destruction he suffered in having to leave the film.
“It was the worst professional experience of my life,” Hunnam tells the magazine. “It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.”
Hunnam goes on to explain that despite rumblings to the contrary, he really did have to leave the project due to scheduling issues with “Sons of Anarchy” and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror movie “Crimson Peak.”
“I’d given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do this film,” says Hunnam. “It was deeply unpleasant and challenging emotionally. I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word.”
The actor admits that the most difficult part in severing his ties with the film was having to break the news to director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
“We both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes,” he says. “I needed to tell her that this was not going to work. There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak,” he tells V Man. “I just didn’t know what to do.”