Charlie Hunnam may be on top of the world right now having just nabbed the gig that could catapult him to superstardom, but he also seems to realize that with great power comes great responsibility. Ha ha, yes, the POWER -- and responsibility -- of playing Christian Grey!
The handsome actor recently spoke with On the Red Carpet about how he hopes he can do the character justice considering just how attached to him fans have grown. And believe me when I tell you that if you haven't yet warmed up to the idea of him playing Christian, this could be the gamechanger ...
Explaining where he was coming from when he was first approached and later cast for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, Charlie said:
You know, I wasn't familiar with the material. I obviously knew of it, but I hadn't read the books myself and I was approached by the director, Samantha Taylor-Johnson, and she talked to me at great length about her intention and what she hoped to do with this film and it just got me really, really excited when I read the book. As the process progressed and it became clear that they wanted me to do it, it was just really exciting and a great honor to be entrusted with bringing this character to life. ... I mean, he's such a -- you know, he became part of the zeitgeist. He's such a loved, you know, character that's it's a real honor to be entrusted with him.
"A great honor"?! "Entrusted"?! Awww! See what I mean?! He's thoroughly, adorably grateful and seems to understand it's a really big deal that he was cast ... even if he wasn't super-familiar with the books.
He elaborated on the drawbacks of stepping into the beloved, mercurial billionaire's shoes:
I mean of course, a little bit of pressure. With literature and properties that are so well known, everybody has their own vision, you know, literature is so subjective, so that you come into it you create, as a reader, as an audience member, the character in one's own mind. So I'm never going to satisfy everyone's vision of who this guy is, but I do know and feel really confident that I have a strong take on who he is, who I think he is and can bring him to life in a really fun and exciting way.
Fun and exciting?! Whoa. Christian's never sounded hotter. This to me is the best proof yet that Charlie's going to win our hearts as the leading man. Sign me up! Really, it is no wonder Brad Pitt is backing Charlie has a whipsmart, stand-up, talented guy! He sure sounds like it to me.
Here's the clip of his interview in full ...
What do you think about Charlie's approach to playing Christian Grey?