Although the persistent rumor that Charlie Hunnam is quitting Fifty Shades of Grey has been disproven a gazillion times over the past week, now comes news that there was a point at which he was seriously considering walking away from the film. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter revealed to Vulture that he and Charlie had serious discussions about Charlie going ahead and accepting the role of Christian Grey.
"We had a couple long creative conversations about what the role was, what it meant. He struggled with it because obviously there's a lot of noise around that role," Sutter admits. "Noise"? What "noise"? As in, all the fierce fan desires, dreams, and petitions?! Ha!
Sutter went on to explain:
There's a lot of predetermined expectations. At the end of the day, and my advice to him was, "Look at the material. Don't look at the history. Don't look at where it potentially could be going. Look at the material and look at the people you're working with. If it makes sense, then move forward." I think that's what he did.
Nice. That's some seriously sound advice! Sounds like Sutter was actually quite open-minded about the movie's potential ... and wanted to relay that to Charlie. Thankfully, Charlie took his SOA boss's advice.
It was a very thoughtful process, I think based on all the right decisions. It was not about notoriety. It was not about money. So I think it's cool, man.
In other words, Charlie signed on to play Christian, because he felt like it would be artistically challenging and the right step for him as an actor, not a celebrity? Hot. And even more reason to love the actor ... and to look forward to the movie!
Do you think it sounds like Charlie's genuine interest in the material will make the movie even better? Are you glad he ignored the "noise"?
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