Jamie 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!
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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