It was Charlie Hunnam’s decision to drop out of the upcoming film adaptation of the widely popular Fifty Shades of Grey series.
And now the 34-year-old Sons of Anarchy star reveals the move was a “heartbreaking” one.
“I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken it on in the first place,” he told Life & Style at the Huading Film Awards in Hollywood Sunday.
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“When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it’s heartbreaking not to be able to play him […] It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life.”
Author EL James confirmed the British hunk and actress Dakota Johnson nabbed the roles of Christian and Anastasia Steele, respectively, last September.
Just one month later, Universal Pictures announced Charlie had exited the film because of his shooting schedule with the FX series Sons.
Irish actor Jamie Dornan soon replaced him to play the 27-year-old billionaire tormented billionaire, who is into BDSM and seduces the virginal Anastasia.
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For Charlie, there are no hard feelings about the situation. In fact, he plans on fully supporting the movie when it hits theaters next February.
“If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there,” he said. “If not, I’ll go and buy some tickets on opening night.”