Charlie Hunnam Reveals 'Nervous Breakdown' Made Him Quit '50 Shades'

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With less than six months to go until the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan has become almost synonymous with Christian Grey. But before we get too excited about the countdown to Valentine's Day, let's not forget our original leading man, Charlie Hunnam, who was initially cast as the titular character. Sadly, when Hunnam dropped out of the movie, and we wept over the departure, all we heard was that he was overwhelmed with his obligations to Sons of Anarchy. Now, a year after all the drama, he's finally coming clean about why he chose to leave the movie.

And it turns out, it might just be all our faults.


In a recent interview with AOL's Moviefone, Hunnam admits that he was looking forward to working with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and becoming Mr. Grey: "I fell in love with the character and started seeing him and becoming intoxicated, which is the way I work: I find a character I love and I start thinking about it all the time."

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But then, the realities of his schedule set in:

I was going to finish 'Sons' at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for 'Fifty,' missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning. And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting 'Crimson Peak' in Toronto. I just had like ... frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.

Yikes. Can't blame the guy there. Three different projects, within that short period of time, can be enough to induce anxiety. And then it looks like all our excitement proved to be just a little too much because Hunnam admits that the hype and hysteria surrounding the E.L. James project definitely didn't help:

I just said, 'I can't ... I can't ... To fail on such a grand scale -- because 'Fifty's going to be massive, it's going to be huge. I really didn't want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn't transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it."

Yeah, that one may be a little bit our fault. The film is clearly monumental. We've been waiting for the adaptation for a couple years now, and it must not have been easy for Hunnam to be faced with so much pressure so soon.

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Ladies, you all know how excited you were when Hunnam was first cast. Despite the blonde locks, he was essentially perfect for the role. So did we put too much pressure on the actor? Yeah, it's possible.

But it looks like he doesn't have too many lingering feelings. He summed it up quite perfectly at the end of the interview: "It was just a s**t situation."

Yes, yes it was. You're still Christian Grey in my heart, Charlie.

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