10 Things to Love or Hate About Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey

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Charlie HunnamBy now I'm sure you've heard the news: the part of Christian in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation has been cast, and the honor goes to ... *drumroll* Charlie Hunnam! Also I guess someone's playing Anastasia, but that's a subject for a different article, possibly one written by an author who isn't slobbering all over her computer screen while enduring the HORRIFIC task of searching out shirtless photos to accompany it.

(Oh yes: there are shirtless photos ahead.)

I've seen headlines marveling over how the Fifty Shades team chose "unknowns" for the lead roles, which is crazy because Hunnam's been burning up the small screen for years in FX's Sons of Anarchy. I honestly didn't think the Fifty Shades movie could grab my interest all that much, and then they went and cast JAX effing TELLER.

As for how he'll do as the star of this much-anticipated film, here are 10 things to love -- or hate -- about Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey:

1) He's British. Christian Grey isn't British, but E.L. James is, so maybe this somehow makes some sort of cosmic sense? Hunnam is originally from Newcastle, England, but he hides his accent really well. I actually had no idea he wasn't American until I watched a Sons of Anarchy interview with him recently.

2) He had a rough childhood. Hunnam had what he's described as a "tough-guy" father and a "bohemian" mother, who divorced when he was 2 years old. When his mom eventually remarried, Hunnam moved to the Lake District when he was 12, at which point, he says:

... people started trying to prove their worth by fighting me on the playground to prove that they could have the Newcastle kid. So I ended up having a horrible childhood, a horrible time in school, having to really defend myself a lot. (...) had that not happened to me, I think I would still have been as ambitious but I may not have been as disciplined and driven as I am now.

Hmm, troubled childhood, disciplined adulthood? Sounds awfully familiar, doesn't it?

3. He's got dirty blond hair. Also he's 33. Christian Grey was, what, 27? With dark copper hair? Oh well, a little dye job can fix that right up. But I do think Hunnam's got the smoldering gray eyes thing down-pat. Technically I think they're blue, but they're more the steely color than bright UGH WHO CARES LET'S GET TO THE ABS.

4. His body is fan-freaking-tastic. Hunnam keeps his body in top form with boxing, swimming, pullups, and weightlifting, according to Men's Fitness. All that work has definitely paid off, because whoa:  


I greatly prefer Hunnam with his Jax Teller goatee, but he looked pretty damn good in Pacific Rim too:

5. He's a little rough-looking for smooth, sophisticated Christian. It's true that I don't tend to think of Hunnam as rocking an immaculate suit. Maybe it's because I've formed too much of an association with his Sons of Anarchy character, but even when he was dressed to the nines for his Pacific Rim media tour, he looked a little uncomfortable. (Still hot though.)

6. He's definitely got the sexy bad-boy thing going. No problems there. Plus, oddly enough, I can actually see him tossing out a "Laters, baby" and making it sound good.

7. He's got an impulsive, romantic side. Back in 1999, Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne and they married just four weeks later. Unfortunately, the marriage broke up in 2002, so ... uh, I guess I'm not sure where I was going with that. Something something swept away by attraction, just like Christian?

8. He can totally pull off the broody, sensitive vibe. See for yourself. Enough said, right?


9. He's a smart cookie. He may play a thuggish role on SoA, but Hunnam's a pretty well-rounded guy. He's currently developing a screenplay he wrote entitled Vlad that was bought by Summit Entertainment. Plus, he has a degree in the theory and history of film from the Cumbria College of Art and Design, along with a qualification in performance art.

10. Did I mention his body?


Honestly, I have no earthly idea if this was a good casting choice or not, but from my perspective, Hunnam is one of the very few actors who could have possibly been announced for the role and grabbed my interest in a big way. I'm extremely curious to see how he performs as Christian, but mostly -- can't lie -- I'm looking forward to what I can only hope are many, many scenes involving his clothes coming off.

So, what do you think of Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey?


Images via FX, Men's Fitness

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Butte... ButteryMuffyn

It makes me sad that someone so delicious is going to be in something so bad as 50 shades.  The books are so bad, and I don't know how they are going to translate to film, unless it's going to be marketed as porn, or are they going to soft focus the whole tying up/smacking/nipple clamping/tampon whipping out scenes.  Either way, if he wants to come over and smack my ass he is more than welcome ;)

4kidz916 4kidz916

I'm happy about his role as Christian Gray.  I love him as Jax in SOA and can't wait to see how it plays out.

LawNO... LawNOrderMommy

I love Charlie for the roll of Christian. A lot of the books fans are pissed and I think it has to do with the photos the media has been using. He's scruffy hot Jax Teller in those photos not clean cut debonair Christian. His natural speaking voice is so cultured and suave he'll be able to pull off the refinement of Christian and actors dye their hair all the time for roles so I think with a shave, a haircut, a dark copper rinse and a well cut suit Charlie will be a perfect Christian.

Chrissi Dunning

I think he's actually a really good choice! I have been a fan of his since he was on Undeclared. Shave the facial hair, darken his hair a bit, and slap a well fitted suit on him and he is Christian Grey. When I read the books, I never pictured any of the fan favorites as Christian. People freaked out when Robert Pattinson was cast as Edward and...ahem, those movies didn't really suffer at the box office. To all those who are threatening to boycott the movie because their choice wasn't picked to play Christian, GET OVER YOURSELVES! When you are putting up the money it takes to make a movie of this magnitude, then and only then, do you get to decide who plays Christian or Ana. I for one am going to love taking a night off of Mommy duty to go drool over Charlie and his Naked body! Please God, let there be lots of it!

Alexa... AlexaAdams

I love him as Jax! I think its gonna be weird seeing him be all spiffed up but I'm sure he will pull it off.

Alexa... AlexaAdams

Also, I'm really glad you wrote this article. A lot of the photos being passed around make him look chunky and not cute. THESE photos do him justice!

Kacie Schleis

I like him, I love SOA... however, I hate "50 Shades of Grey". Does anybody else realize that "50 shades" was originally written to be a spoof of "Twilight" (which was a god awful book. I'm not really into the whole "abusive teenage relationship" thing"), so the writer couldn't even really come up with an original thought. It was horribly written and the "sex scenes" seemed more like rape scenes to me... I read all of the books and I swear to God, if I have to ever hear any one else EVER talking about their inner goddess... I may come unhinged. I'm a reader. I'm kind of a book snob... but I try to keep an open mind, so I read them all... and I cannot figure out for the life of me, what it is that is so appealing about this book? I've lost a ton of respect for the actors who are taking these roles. I just can't believe it... this book is the worst thing to happen to feminism since the sandwich.  

Josie Ireland

I think he can pull it off but the height... is it there? I always pictured grey tall but from what i have read the heat was there when they did their rolls to see if they had chemistry.. so hopefully she is not taller then he is.. but he is going to have to go down to that baby boy face and cut the hair.. not too short .. as in the book christians is over long mostly till she cuts it for him.

nonmember avatar LisaLisa

Brilliant choice....Charlie cleans up nicely, and can handle the sappy dialogue, and still make women swoon. He's gorgeous, naked or fully clothed. MMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm

LawNO... LawNOrderMommy

@Josie I wouldn't worry about height, a lot if famous actors really aren't all that tall and have to be shot from different angles to give the impression of height. The actress playing Anna might be taller in real life, IDK if that's the case, but she won't be taller in the film.

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