Charlie Hunnam's Real Excuse for Quitting '50 Shades of Grey' Revealed

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charlie hunnamWhen news broke this weekend that Charlie Hunnam had quit Fifty Shades of Grey reportedly due to his "immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," I couldn't help but think, "Hmmm ... not buying it!" Plenty of TV actors juggle their day job with prepping for a major film role. Heck, actors often throw in the towel on whatever other commitments they have -- even their personal relationships! -- if they really care about a big screen break. In other words, if Charlie had really wanted to be Christian, he would've made it work. Hence why Universal's statement sounds like a flimsy, PR-spun excuse.

Now sources are speaking to the real reasons Charlie walked away from the film, and it sounds like his decision had nothing to do with Sons of Anarchy's grueling shooting sched ...

Two sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Charlie was overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project. They also say it wasn't that Hunnam had reservations about playing Christian, but the media and fan frenzy that came along with the gig -- especially as he was transitioning from Sons to Fifty Shades so quickly -- got to him.

Another insider corroborated THR's sources' story to E! News: "This isn't a surprise, because what he was taking on with this role was not what Charlie wants in his future career. The attention and the pressure was intense. More than anything he hates attention and being in Fifty Shades of Grey would force him to do lots of media. That's really not his thing. Charlie doesn't want to be massively famous. Plus, he hates conforming and being told what to do. This role would force him to have to be something he is not."

Huh! So it's not that Universal and Focus got cold feet about Charlie not being an A-lister, or he couldn't take the heat of playing Christian, or that the script turned out to be a disaster, or E.L. James and the producers are feuding behind-the-scenes, or he found out he couldn't stand Dakota Johnson?! It's that Charlie doesn't want to be "massively famous"! Go figure.

Actually, it's not that bizarre. Not every actor wants to be the next Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum ... Charlie totally could've been on par with any of these guys been given his potential post-Fifty Shades trajectory. But maybe he wants a lower-key career, his privacy, a less aggressive fan base. Totally understandable ... and obviously proof that whoever does ultimately, finally opt to do his best to look good in Christian's suits is going to also have to be cool with a level of fame that comes with definite drawbacks.

What do you think about the real reasons Charlie dropped out? Which actor do you think will be able to handle the attention and pressure of playing Christian?

 

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nonmember avatar Chris84

Charlie did an indie flick a couple years ago with Liv Tyler called "The Ledge". if you're a fan of his you should really check it out. It's a romance/drama.

Kate Cooley

He doesn't want to be massively famous? That's what you're taking from this? Being in this movie is going to RUIN the career of whoever is cast. *points at Showgirls* It will typecast them and drop them to the bottom of the list when other movies are cast. Charlie Hunnam is smart for running from it because there's not one person who will take whoever is cast in this role seriously ever again.

Maias... MaiasMommy619

I am glad he stepped down. He is not attractive to me at all, and his facial hair has me wondering why or how its possible for a guy to have clear facial hair. It looks horrible.

Felicia Hamper

I love Charlie,got the chance to meet him a few years back,Hes a down to earth guy and I myself am happy he backed out.I think it was the right move for him.Huh Ian Pattinson would be my choice.

nonmember avatar Amy

Pesonally, I'm very happy Charlie decided to drop out of Fifty Shades of Greg. I love him on SOA but was seriously concerned what this movie would do for his career. I have read the books and while I envisioned a dark haired Christian, Charlie was definitely hot enough looking, in my opinion, to play the role. Everything I've ever read about him, he is a very private person. He keeps his personal life just that, personal, and this movie would definitely take that away from him and put he and his girlfriend on display for everyone to judge. Sometimes fame isn't worth the cost if you want your private life private. I also feel like he would always be "the actor in Fifty Shades" instead of Charlie Hunnam and I don't think that would be a wise career move. On a more personal level, even though his girlfriend was supportive, come on, seriously, who wants their man to be on the big screen (or anywhere for that matter) but especially in front of the whole world to see, in some of the sex scenes he would have to be in. Acting or not, I would NOT want my man feeling up someone else or being felt up by someone else. Goes with the career, maybe, but wouldn't be ok with me nor would how much the world would see of my man naked. Ass scenes are one thing, but if you've read the book, you know a lot more would be on display. Great decision Charlie for your professional life and your private life!! Just my opinion...

nonmember avatar Amy

Pesonally, I'm very happy Charlie decided to drop out of Fifty Shades of Grey. I love him on SOA but was seriously concerned what this movie would do for his career. I have read the books and while I envisioned a dark haired Christian, Charlie was definitely hot enough looking, in my opinion, to play the role. Everything I've ever read about him, he is a very private person. He keeps his personal life just that, personal, and this movie would definitely take that away from him and put he and his girlfriend on display for everyone to judge. Sometimes fame isn't worth the cost if you want your private life private. I also feel like he would always be known as "that guy in Fifty Shades" instead of Charlie Hunnam and I don't think that would be a wise career move. On a more personal level, even though his girlfriend was supportive, come on, seriously, who wants their man to be on the big screen (or anywhere for that matter) but especially in front of the whole world to see, in some of the sex scenes he would have to be in. Acting or not, I would NOT want my man feeling up someone else or being felt up by someone else. Goes with the career, maybe, but wouldn't be ok with me nor would how much the world would see of my man naked. Ass scenes are one thing, but if you've read the book, you know a lot more would be on display. Great decision Charlie for your professional life and your private life!! Just my opinion...

nonmember avatar M

The real reason he stepped down too many hormone crazed bitches on the rag whining about him. That's enough to run anyone off. I am very sad that he's gone. I think he was a perfect match for the role. I don't think Dakota is great for Ana's role either. See this movie shutting down soon & not working out.

Lori Dunn

would love to see Matt Bomer play the Christian part. 

Jennifer Mansfield

I don't care what his reasons are he was not right for the role. Have the people making this film even read the books? I'm beginning to wonder.

Jennifer Mansfield

This movie will not ruin anyones career if done properly. "Showgirls" was sleaze from beginning to end.

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