Being Cast as Christian Grey Is Already Turning Charlie Hunnam's Life Upside Down

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charlie hunnamCharlie Hunnam may have yet to start shooting Fifty Shades of Grey but he's already being treated like Hollywood royalty. Apparently, Universal Pictures has supplied the up-and-coming mega-star with his very own "handful of bodyguards." Uh, whaaa?!

What's next, his very own bulletproof limousine? Air Force Fifty? Eesh. It's not like the guy was just elected to public office, so what's with the amped-up security? Well, reportedly, the studio is concerned that people are going to try to swarm the poor guy -- some reports say Hunnam is already being followed by fans hoping to score his John Hancock -- so the bodyguards are meant to prevent keep the adoring crowds in line. Whoa.

And it's not just hearsay. The Hollywood Reporter notes that extra security was hired for the 33-year-old during FX's Sept. 7 Anarchy premiere in Hollywood, and it was definitely funded by Universal -- NOT FX.

In other words, the studio is doing all that they can to keep their leading man safe and comfortable amid this overnight onslaught of attention. Aww! OR they're pulling this as a publicity stunt?! You know, fake it 'til you make it. Pretend the hype is at a certain level ... until it ACTUALLY IS. OMG, crazy.

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Either way, I worry this could eaaaaasily go to Charlie's head! The guy hasn't even read his first official line in front of Sam Taylor-Johnson's camera, and he has bodyguards. Oof. You've gotta be pretty mature and secure in who you are as a person to not suddenly get a HUGE ego over something like that, huh? Thankfully, from what we know so far, Charlie seems like he can take the heat ... Which I'm sure is one of the reasons Universal brought him on-board in the first place.

What do you make of this?!


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Daisy329 Daisy329

Who cares?

nonmember avatar Melissa

Or it could be to protect him from the hundreds of fans of the story and the originally intended characters that oppose him being cast. I mean come on there are petitions that have been signed by hundreds of fans to have him recast because they feel he's not the right man for the job. Personally I couldn't care less it is just a bad S&M story gone to far in my opinion.

hexxuss hexxuss

Who is this guy again?  Not interested in the book, or him lol

nonmember avatar Mary

I think he will be great for the roll...he is sexy as hell and appears to have plenty of confidence...can't wait to see how it turns out...:)

nonmember avatar Racy

What effect is this having on Morgana? Guess, pretty soon, Charlie will be like everybody else in Hollywood. Sad.

nonmember avatar Proofread!!!

Seriously!! It's not that hard to proofread! This is the 3rd or 4th article in a row that I have just read that has grammatical and/or spelling errors. It is not that hard people! If you're in the journalism business, you should be able to catch this stuff.

Danielle Picard

It's a book being turned into a movie, we can just wait and see how it turns out. There are plenty of things that us as women do to change our appearance, don't ya think that actors and actresses go through changes all the time for roles that they are going to play? It isn't up to us who is cast, and if you have ever seen Charlie naked...he is fit trim and chiseled. Just wait and see how the movie turns out. It is FICTION after-all! Jeez!

Petite Fleur

The bodyguards to Charlie are I guess like in the book Christian's security team. So let him carry this facade for his part. It will work in his favor for his role.

nonmember avatar Arlene

If you aren't interested in the books or him, then what are you doing inside this article, hexxuss? Feel free to leave and not read anything associated with it. Buh bye.

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