'50 Shades' Casting Secret Revealed: Paul Walker Wanted to Play Christian Grey

paul walkerOver a week later, Paul Walker's tragic death continues to feel like a complete shock to his fans, loved ones, and colleagues in Hollywood. And as more information about his passing comes out, so does additional info about his career plans. For instance, reports are surfacing that the actor was interested in nabbing the role of Christian Grey

Entertainment Tonight Canada spoke with the late actor several months back, and he spoke to what it would take to get him to sign on for the hyped part.


Paul said:

It would be really important to have incredible chemistry with whoever the girl was and it couldn't be something you would have to force. I think the people need to spend a lot of time together and intimate time would probably help, you know?

Ha, interesting. Yeah ... he was so right, that was exactly what we were thinking! The actors' chemistry is integral to the flick's success. And we're STILL thinking and hoping and praying that'll be the case, especially as we see the first images of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson together.

At any rate, we know Jamie ultimately ended up trumping Paul for the part -- if he even ended up throwing his hat in the ring at all -- which is fine, because, like he said, perhaps they both ended up having that incredible chemistry with Dakota. (And I also think that at 40, Paul was a smidge too old to play Christian.)

But it's still cool to know that Paul was open-minded about the role (which is more than we can say for quite a few Hollywood hotties), and I'm sure had things worked out differently, he would've been a sexy Christian. Of course, it is particularly sad to look back at this or any of his missed opportunities now. He always struck me as our generation's answer to Paul Newman. And this is just further proof that his life was cut way, way too short. 


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