Producer Claims Fan Pressure Wasn't Reason Jamie Dornan Was Cast in '50 Shades'

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Jamie DornanJamie Dornan is set to play Christian Grey but there are still lingering questions about what the heck happened when Charlie Hunnam dropped out. Of course, we know the official version. Charlie couldn't get enough time off his cable show Sons of Anarchy to take on the complex role. But didn't he know that before he signed on the dotted line? Whole thing seems a tad suspicious to me. But now the producer of Fifty Shades, Michael De Luca, is speaking out about what really caused the notorious switcheroo.

Asked about the casting shake-up during a round-table discussion held by The Hollywood Reporter, De Luca made it clear that the whole Charlie out Jamie in thing was NOT because of the fans' hysterically negative reaction to Charlie's casting. He said that he's on Twitter "constantly," so he was aware of the negative feedback and that he knew that the fans weren't behind Charlie since he "wasn't what most readers pictured."

However, he said that Charlie "was so awesome in this audition that he did with Dakota Johnson, and he really wanted to play that character, and we're not making the movie based on Twitter."

But he conceded that Jamie is "going to be more of what the fans conjured in their imaginations." Hm, unless Jamie suddenly turns into Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer, I don't think so.

De Luca went on to reiterate the party line that Christian was recast because of his tight schedule -- which you can buy if you like, sheeple!

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I wouldn't be surprised if the fans' reaction DID have something to do with it -- though surely the producer must have known that pretty much no matter who was cast, someone would have a problem with it. It's difficult, if not impossible, to find someone who embodies the sexual fantasies of millions of different women. (And Clark Gable is no longer alive!)

But you really can't cast based on fans' imaginations -- you've got to cast based on acting ability and the chemistry between the leads.

Also, as someone who reads or writes about Fifty Shades practically every day, I could see the tide slowly but surely beginning to turn in favor of Charlie. So I really hope he wasn't replaced because of fickle fans, who would have gone to see the movie if their friends told them it was good.

By all insider accounts, Jamie gave an incredible read, so he should be up for the task of Christian. I'm still sort of hoping Charlie will return, but oh well ...

Do you think fan reaction drove Charlie out?


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peach... peachpies

What crap. They said when he was cast that they worked that stuff out so that he could do it, and now they've moved the filming date back to December from November. If it were possible to do that now, it would've been possible to do it for Charlie if scheduling was really an issue. So many reporters are hung up on Christian that they haven't noticed Dakota Johnson got/is getting much more backlash for her playing Ana than Charlie got as Christian...and she's still here, unfortunately! This whole thing is a joke now and they're just making it sound like they're trying to save face.

nonmember avatar Connie

I don't know what fans they are talking about that think Jamie is better than Charlie would have been. I wasn't very happy with Charlie, but I am even less happy with Jamie. There were several people who wanted this part that were better suited. I really don't even care anymore and am not sure if I even want to see it.

Jan Hencely

He looks to boyish..Christian should have smoldering eyes and ruggedly good looking.in would have been the better choice,,

Dana Carrier

It doesn't matter...... He is NO CHRISTIAN GREY!!! Ian Somerhalder is the ONLY perfect Christian Grey!! ENOUGH SAID!!

elena... elenacalif

Charlie was set to start Crimson Peak with director Guillermo Del Toro film starting filming in early  feb 2014, Even before  signing for fifty shades so now I understand the timing between the two films .. and the reason why he drop out ....

Angel... Angelic910

Ugh! I'm so sick of people complaining about the actors! I'm sure the fans had a little something to do with Charlie calling it quits, and he was perfect to play the role. I was iffy about him at first but I've been watching SOA. He is not afraid to show off his body; there are multiple sex scenes on the show. He's got the intimidating look that CG has. Everybody is screaming, "Listen to the fans..." Guess what??? Nobody else wants to play this role. Ian is busy with Vampire Diaries and Matt Bomer didn't want it! Get over it, PLEASE! Same goes for Dakota. Give the girl a chance. I believe these actors are gonna surprise us and those of you claiming that your not going to see it and you're boycotting, PLEASE! You know good and well you will go see it when you see the previews! I am just appalled at how mean and cruel people can be! If anyone thinks that they can play the part any better then please go and audition for the part(s)

Patricia Romaniuk Szanter

Yes I am sure Charlie went because of the fan reaction. Jamie is not any better.

Debbie Ruddy

I feel bad but I think it did.

ShayL... ShayLayne

I have read fifty shades more than once and each time I pictured Ian Somerhalder as CG but I knew that the chance of him getting the role was slight bc he spends 10 months out of the year working on Vampire Diaries.. when I found out Charlie got the role I was very upset. I didn't find his face attractive at all. (Not trying to be rude) tbh I was glad he dropped out.. I DO like Jamie but he could bulk up a bit..

Kat Flynn

Ian Somerhalder was NOT Christian Grey, the man is flat as an actor, period. Alexander Skarsgard would have been PERFECT as he HAS a dungeon on True Blood! However, I love Jamie Dornan so I'm fine with it. Charlie Hunnam is hot too, but he really isn't Christian Grey.

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