8 Reasons No Sane Actor Wants to Play Christian Grey

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It was pretty shocking when Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey a mere three weeks before filming was set to begin. At first, I thought there is no way he really dropped out. Not only do actors not dare to burn bridges in Tinseltown, but they are normally obligated to finish a role once they sign a contract. I figured Charlie and the studio saying he had too much TV work to do was a cover -- but for what? I'm not sure we'll ever completely know. But this much is true -- at this point, pretty much everyone from Robert Pattinson to Matt Bomer to Chris Pine to Ryan Gosling had been rumored to have been offered the role. And turned it down. And at least one actor -- Charlie! -- ran from it after agreeing to do it. So what is up with Christian Grey? Is he cursed?

While Grey might seem like the most awesomely amazing character ever with every actor lining up to play him -- it's clear that the opposite is true. Actors are either completely disinterested or scared. Sure, you've got a few, like Dallas' Josh Henderson, who are down with the part, but for the most part, no one is! Why? Here's why.

1. The sex. The entire movie, of course, will be highly sexual. Although Charlie bragged that he'd done explicit erotic scenes with men for his breakthrough role in Queer as Folk, sex scenes aren't exactly something actors are usually dying to do. For one, there's all that gym time before scenes! And you literally can't eat the entire movie. Plus, with a movie like Fifty, chances are Christian will have some frontal action going on, and unless you're Michael Fassbender, who wants that? Actors also usually have significant others who either kibosh the idea or whom they don't want trouble with. And there's nothing worse than kissing someone you don't like in real life.

2. The sex. Part two. Explicitly sexual movies don't tend to do well at the box office, which is why they're rarely made unless they're dumb sex romps like American Pie. If you think of a successfully done sexual film, like Basic Instinct or 9 1/2 Weeks, they are few and far between. Other sexual films like Eyes Wide Shut or Body of Evidence have tanked and been a total embarrassment for the actors.

3. $125,000??!!! This is reportedly what Charlie was getting paid to play Christian. While it sounds like a lot to your average working schmo, it's a pittance when you consider the amount of work and "exposure" the movie will require. (And once you take out taxes and manager fees, there isn't a lot left.) The only thing that would make this meager salary worth it is if the film is a hit and the actor gets to share in backend profits. But that's a big IF.

4. Typecasting. This is the thing every actor absolutely DREADS. Being typecast. If you ever wonder why actors like Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson went from a megafranchise like Twilight to tiny little art films, this is why. They're trying to avoid playing vampires for the rest of their lives. And no one wants to play a sex fiend forever.

5. Trilogy. If the film is a hit, then there will be three movies, not one. That will tie up (heh heh) the actors for the better part of a decade, not allowing them to do a lot of other things. You have to be massively in love with a character to do that -- and most of the actors being considered for Grey probably have a life, and other work, that they want to get back to.

6. The fans. The onslaught of fandom will be enough to scare all but the most narcissistic of actors away.

7. Sorry!!!! Woe to the actor who screws up Christian Grey. They probably won't work again -- and they certainly won't have any peace again.

8. The material. Let's face it, it's not very good.

Why do you think this role is so hard to cast?


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Kate Cooley

Thank you! I've been saying all of this. Well, not the money part, as that just came out in the past day or two, but the rest is something that any actor attempting this role needs to consider because it will have long-reaching ramifications in their career.

fave82 fave82

HA! #8, Thank God, Someone finally said it!

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

I am so glad the best actors are turning this down. Fact is, it's a porno, and porn stars would be most appropriate rather than main stream actors.

cassi... cassie_kellison

 I have been surprised that this was even becoming a movie to be honest. I just don't get HOW they will make this a movie.

grous... grousseau

The books were beautifully written but, it was pure sex and relationship issues. I for one am thrilled that Charlie whats his face dropped out. His biker charactor with a heart of gold may be sexy but, that is as far as it goes. They will probably go with a lesser known actor, that is trying to make a name for himself. I can't think of anyone else that would want to do it. Although I think Alexander Skarsgard would be perfect.(heavy sigh). It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out.

nonmember avatar Me

They should just offer the role to a bona fide porn star. It may not be exactly their market but it is their niche. They are used to being full frontal nude, their significant others are fine with it and they are usually also trying to do more mainstream movies. Plus im not sure, but I think they get paid a lot less than big movie stars, they may not turn their nose on 100 k. Plus many of them are not bad to look at and are well hung....

Knitt... KnittyTina

This movie isn't going to translate well onto film because there isn't a lot of dialogue to begin with, it's mostly Ana's thoughts.  How is that going to work out for viewers?  If it does get made, it'll be a flop.  Some stories should be left in book-form.  I think it was very wise of Charlie to drop out. 

.Peac... .Peaches.

I'm so glad there are other women out there who though this book was a huge piece 'o crap- I struggled to get to chapter 5 of the first book, then wanted to sue someone to get the wasted minutes back.

It did great as a book (even though I cannot understand how, I've read books that are FAR racier than that), but I just don't see it going very far as a movie at all.

Angela Hurst

Never understood the fascination with this book. I read it, wasn't impressed. It read to me more like a story of an abusive relationship than erotic fantasy. Not because of the kinky sex but how he emotionally manipulated her and pushed her into something shedidnt fully understand. Thought it was more sad than sexy. Aside from that I can't see how they would turn it into a movie, it's all inner dialogue and kinky sex, not love scenes, but hardcore porn sex. I think it will probably flop which is why the smarter big name actors have fled.


smtxc... smtxcowgirl

This book is NOT well-written.  It is Twilight fan fiction and I don't understand how it is so popular.  Yes, I read all three books.  I've read better BDSM on Literotica.  

Any actor that signs up for the movie will be kissing their career goodbye.   

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