fifty shades of grey coverThey're dropping like flies, people! First, Ryan Gosling decides to take a break from acting, making the chances of him stepping into the role of Christian Grey even slimmer. Then, Ryan Amell outright bowed out, saying that he definitely will NOT play the dominant billionaire. And now, a Fifty Shades of Grey fan favorite, who has been considered a top contender from the get-go, has been quoted pretty much bashing the book -- and more specifically, the explicit nature of the story. He's all but saying he's disinterested in the part.

I'm almost afraid to reveal who he is, because it'll result in the crushing of thousands of hearts -- on both sides of the pond! But okay, ladies. Here we go. My deepest condolences if you've been rooting for ...

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Henry Cavill.

Yep. Not only did Cavill outright tell Glamour UK, "I’ve not read a script, spoken to a producer or a director," but he dissed the few opening chapters of the book he did read:

Not exactly chaste writing, is it? I’ve always preferred the implied sex scene anyway, because having it spelt out always seems a bit tacky. Sex is so readily available to us in every form of media now, so it’s no longer that exciting on screen.

Oh geeze, get over yourself, dude. "Implied sex scene" brings to mind some of the most boring sex scenes in the history of film (see: Breaking Dawn: Part 1). Granted, it can be done right, but in Fifty Shades of Grey, it needs to be done at a level that's more than implied. And it needs to be done in such a way -- by the screenwriter, director, and actors -- that it comes out looking fresh and exciting and anything but tacky. Too bad for Cavill fans it sounds like the Brit isn't up for the challenge.

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Need further proof he's not the man for the job? He put the nail in the coffin when he said:

I'm not a big fan of getting naked for the sake of it. I wouldn't use a body double, because I'm particular about the physicality of acting, but I won't just get my arse out because people are insisting I do.

And, scene. Oh well. NEXT!

Are you bummed it sounds like Henry Cavill's pulling himself out of the running?

 

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