Shocking '50 Shades' News Has Us Thinking Charlie Hunnam Would've Been Nuts to Play Christian

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charlie hunnam With every passing day, we're getting more scoop on not only the actors who actually have a real crack (get it, heh heh) at playing Christian Grey ... but what happened to our original Christian. 

Sources tell reputable source The Hollywood Reporter that the actor's discomfort with all of the noise around the project had been mounting for at least four weeks before he threw in the towel. So what we previously heard about him having a problem with the attention and level of fame associated with playing Christian still appears to be true.

But THR sheds even more light on to Charlie Hunnam's exit from the flick, and man oh man, given these new revelations, no one could blame the guy for leaving the building!

Charlie was also only being paid a reported $125,000 for the film -- which we all know is based on books that have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and surpassed Harry Potter as the fastest-selling paperback of all time! So INSANE!

And as if that insulting pay day wasn't bad enough, Charlie, who wrote the Gothic horror screenplay Vlad for Brad Pitt's Plan B and Summit Entertainment, is said to have submitted his own very detailed script notes on screenwriter Kelly Marcel's adaptation. The notes were well received, sources say, but that only led to Hunnam seeking further script approval, which was denied. "That's Charlie, that's who he is. He's particular," says one source.

Oof. Not only was he struggling with the attention and sort of fame Fifty Shades was bound to bring him, but he was also contending with financial and creative disagreement? I can definitely understand then why he was butting heads all over the place! He even reportedly was having problems with director Sam Taylor-Johnson. And when things got really ugly earlier this month, his agency warned him that if he left, he'd embarrass the new studio Focus Features studio chair (big whoop) and burn a bridge with one of the major studios. Guess Charlie didn't care, cuz he still walked! (Ha, wow, for some reason, that makes him even hotter, right?)

Yeesh! Before all of this came out, I was convinced another actor would be thrilled to join the hotly-anticipated film. But now it's all sounding like one big hot mess! Given what Charlie was allegedly dealing with, I can't imagine WHO is going to want to step into the Red Room of Pain after all ...

Can you believe this?! Do you think another actor will be able to avoid the issues Charlie had -- or put up with that sort of pay?!


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jessi... jessicasmom1

I don't think he is sexy the least bit to play in this 50 shades of grey

nonmember avatar Tonya

Apparently you've never seen him cleaned up, or in his sex scenes on SOA...

nonmember avatar Jen

Tonya: Correct Cause lord he'd have been a beauty.

Shame they weren't willing to pay for something that was likely going to bring MILLIONS. Just out of sheer curiosity. And while I read all three books, they weren't well written. So I'd imagine the script was rough around the edges. Anyone worth their salt would probably try to assist. I'm still seeing the movie and still own the books, but yea, I can see that it might have needed some changes.

Jacee... Jacee2348

At this point, I no longer care if they make the movies; I'm no longer interested after months and months of drama - I'll stick to reading. 

Jayne Holford

As well as being gorgeous and a great actor, he is known to really immerse himself in the characters he plays and takes his job really seriously. With him also being a screen writer he would pick up crappy script issues and script issues addressing the characters traits and want them put right. The fact that Focus have had to hire another screen writer to write in more characterization to the script shows it was probably a bit shoddy and that was part of the reason Charlie walked. I think he made the write decision. Its all seeming a bit shambolic and he's to good an actor to throw his career away on something thats dreadful. I am a big fan of the books and was really looking forward to seeing Charlie as C.G but I'm sure he walked for the right reasons (he's also not a fame junkie and likes the quiet life with his the hoopla was probably doing his head in anyway....who'd want some fans knickers stuck on their houses doorknob)!!

Karen Ramsey

smart move on Charlies part. This movie will never be good, the book was marginal at best and when you make a movie from a book like this it always fails. This is one of those times when the book should be left a book. Charlie is way to good for this role or that kind of crappy money.

nonmember avatar Maggie919

I find it doubtful that he would have agreed to that contract. I also can't believe that his agent would have allowed that unless he has some deal with % of the box office profits.

Barbara Ridgley

I am so pleased Charlie didn't give in to the threats of the agency.  I hate it when people threaten.  They are the lowest of the low!  

Beth Smith

This is a hoax. There is no way that is all they are paying for the character.

Gina Poteet Strickland

I just  know one thing when they lost Charlie Hunnam,they lost the best Christian Grey, they could have ever had for this part he,was body,mind and fit the part perfect......Lots of ppl,didn't like him but you will never find anyone better to play this part,he had it in him to be a bad ass and he is very sure of his looks and his body.......He just stricks me as a CG.....He would have made this movie very interesting!! Sorry for your loss!! 

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