Christian Grey's Role Turned Down by Yet Another Hunky Young Actor

sam taylor-johnson and aaron taylor-johnson

Jamie Dornan fought for the role, plenty of fans still hold a torch for Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer, but there's one Hollywood actor who never even threw his hat in the ring. Sam Taylor-Johnson may have directed the first installment of the trilogy but her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson never wanted to be Christian Grey. And he's sticking with that story.


In an interview with Marie Claire UK, the director's 24-year-old actor husband says he was never a possibility for the role. In fact, very far from it. When asked if he was ever a possible Mr. Grey, he responded:

No, never! I think there would have been a lot of unhappy fans of the book... We both read it and knew right then that when she went into direct it, I wouldn't be the one to step into those shoes. And that was fine. It didn't feel like one of us was like, "I really wanted to do that."

The directing gig was a big get for Sam Taylor-Johnson and even though Charlie Hunnam, and then Jamie Dornan, got the role, there was never any talk of picking her husband for the titular character.

More from The Stir: The 20 Types of ‘Fifty Shades’ Fans – Which One Are You?

Instead, the couple made it all about Sam.

I'm obviously really, really proud of Sam and it was great to see her take that project and make it her own, and not have to feel like just because there's a role... I feel like I'm too young for that role anyway!

And that, is too real. In Fifty Shades of Grey, Christian Grey is 27 years old. Jamie Dornan, at the time of filming, was 31. Aaron, however, was 24. And at this point, Dornan really is the only Christian. No matter what other campaigns are still in the works.

While its a bummer the actor was never an option (he could make for a good Christian, no?), just imagine how different the set may have been. Filming your husband as Christian Grey, something tells us the couple certainly made the right decision.

Especially now, that Sam has decided to step away from directing the rest of the movies in the trilogy, the reasons not to cast her husband seem better and better.

Do you think Aaron Taylor-Johnson would have made a good Christian?



Image via Jennifer Graylock/

Read More >