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Channing Tatum May Be Sexy but That Doesn’t Mean He Should Play Christian Grey

by Emily Abbate on November 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Channing TatumThere's no denying that Channing Tatum would make for a pretty hunky Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. In fact, he's currently a crowd favorite. The man was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, and hey -- he's even said he'd be up for the gig if his wife, Jenna Dewan, could be the Anastasia to his Christian (now that's a woman I wouldn't mind being for a day).

Here's the thing, though. With Channing actually being People's Sexiest Man this year, I think this makes the whole thing all too predictable. Shouldn't producers give someone else a chance to shine in the spotlight? Plus, there are a whole lot of past sexy men that would make a MUCH better Christian -- hands down.

Here -- let's examing a few highlights of Sexiest Man Alive winners from the last 10 years or so, shall we? Ben Affleck, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Reynolds. Wowza! The list is loaded with megahunks.

To be real -- if I had to choose one of 'em to be Christian, I'd have to admit that Johnny Depp has my vote. I know I know, not necessarily AS sexy as Channing with a stripper past, but here's the thing: Christian has this twisted side to him. We all know that Depp is AMAZING at bringing that twisted nature to the big screen (hello, Willy Wonka).

Johnny has most definitely got the skills and the sex appeal to play Christian, I'm just not sure who I'd cast opposite him as Anastasia. Maybe ... Scarlett Johansson? Or ooh! I vote Ashley Greene! Now that's one good looking duo.

When it comes down to it, it's not that I don't think Channing can do it, I just say that we've seen enough of him with his shirt off after Magic Mike. It's time to give another guy a chance.

Who would you rather see as Christian: Channing or Johnny?


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  • Amy...
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    Amy Adcox Robinson

    November 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM
    I think Jonny Depp is way over rated and a thing of the past, Channing Tatum is the man! Who wouldn't want to see the worlds sexiest man alive in action? I know I do!
  • Bine...
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    Bine Skaggs

    November 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Still would vote for Ian Somerhalder. He can play dangerous and sexy amazingly well.

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    November 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Is everybody forgetting that christian is in his 20' one in their late 30's or older should play that part

  • Melan...
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    Melanie Rankin

    November 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Ian Somerhalder is who I pictured in my mind. He is definitely the best choice in my opinion

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    November 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM
    Ian Somerholder & Alexis Bledel!! The 2 I pictured while reading the book, and that was before I ever heard about a movie being made! (I actually found out about the movie when telling my friends about the book. I started with "Well, they probably won't be making THIS into a movie!")
  • Ohh
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    November 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM
    All this source is coming from the Examiner site. Channing tatum said he doesnt want to play 50 shade of grey
  • Maias...


    November 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Channing Tatum is cute but his acting sucks...

  • Suzet...
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    Suzette Eastham

    November 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    neither one fit the look that the author gave Christian in the books, but with that being said i would say Johnny would bring a lot more to the role since the story is so much more than just about sex, our hero is 50 shades of f*cked up for some very serious gruesome reasons, he's a sad lost soul and Johnny would rock that turmoil!!!


  • Kittymjw
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    November 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM
    Channing Tatum is one sexy man! So he defo has my vote. Jonny is a sex con of the past! But as its unlikely he'd do such erotic scenes with out his wife.. Ian somerhalder is the one ;) ;)
  • Diana
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    November 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM
    i think the perfect Christian Grey & Anastasia Steele would be Ian Somerhalder from the vampire diaries & Ashley Greene. Ian Somerhalder is sexy with a bad boy look just like christian grey & he already is good at playing the bad boy with a good heart! :) now he's perfect for the role!!!!!!!!!!
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