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Charlie Hunnam Talks 'Fifty Shades of Grey' for First Time!

Charlie Hunnam Talks 'Fifty Shades of Grey' for First Time!

Charlie Hunnam makes his first official appearance since his casting in Fifty Shades of Grey while walking the red carpet at the premiere of Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth season on Saturday night (September 7) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old actor spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming film. Find out what he had to say:

On his first meeting with Dakota Johnson: “As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us. It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”

On if he has worries about the sex scenes: “My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man. I mean I’m 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.”

On how his girlfriend Morgana McNelis helped him make his decision: “It’s very hard to be with an actor. She’s required to share parts of me that she wouldn’t really want to share. With the nature of this role, that’s going to be times 10… She read them and loved them and was really excited about the potential of the opportunity for me. If anything, I think it will make us closer. ”

Also pictured inside: Charlie‘s co-stars Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Theo Rossi, Kim Coates, and series creator Kurt Sutter at the premiere.

FYI: Katey is wearing a Basler dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes, a JustFab clutch, and Loree Rodkin jewelry. Maggie is wearing Graziela Gems rings and earrings.

30+ pictures inside Charlie Hunnam and others at the premiere…

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Credit: Kevin Winter; Photos: Getty, AKM-GSI
Posted to: Charlie Hunnam, Fifty Shades of Grey, Katey Sagal, Morgana McNelis

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  • Lauren

    I just can’t wait for the tampon scene.

  • andy

    i don t like, he is awful

  • IanMattHenry

    GROSS. EW. YUCK

  • lala

    funny is hes wearing a grey suit lol

  • Ann

    Of all the actors looked at for the role, he’s probably the only one who has the acting chops to make the character more dimensional and humanized. 50 Shades can easily become a fail as bad as Showgirls, but luckily it seems like they have a decent cast and crew that can surpass its already super low expectations. Charlie Hunnam is an incredible actor. Sadly, he hasn’t received the recognition he deserves. Sure, 50 shades obviously wont be a critical success, but it can be a box office hit and hopefully give him the ability to act in movies that can truly show his talent. I’m glad he got the role and hopefully he can prove the critics wrong and show that he and Dakota were a good choice for the roles.

  • racy

    Was Morgana with him at this shindig? She doesn’t show up at some of these things.Hope she goes to Vancouver. We all know what happened about 3 years ago to a famous singer and someone else husband.

  • Franson

    Two words: career suicide. This is the new Twilight franchise.

  • Sheyenne

    It seems like he’s not letting all the negative things people have said get to him. I’m glad he isn’t and I can’t wait for the movie.

  • http://ROMNEY PRESIDENT-ELECT-ROMNEY

    @Franson: wont make a 10th of the Twilight franchise

  • ….

    love himmmm!

    but did he answer any sons of anarachy questions?

  • ww
  • Gariel

    (four words: YOU ARE VERY WRONG.) Have you seen Sons of Anarchy, this guys can act! The franchise is going to be saved by this guy, I mean he is not like most of the movie star and Robert Pattinson with a shy-presence-lookalike-model-baby-face, this guy has strong personality and he talks like a bad ass street guy with ‘an attitude and if you have seen SOA you know how this guy act bad ass when he is hooking up with a woman or a stripper so he will be good as Christian Grey. Second of all, it is not career suicide cause he is a tv-star and that role is going to put him on the map and even if the movie goes wrong people are gonna wanna work with him because of his acting skills are solid. & for the twilight franchise, I’m not a fan but look where the actors are, they are working a lot and pretty sure they make their millions!! For what its worth he is gonna be tasting more fame and more money no matter how bad the movie goes and I’m 100% a lot of people are going to see it just for the curiosity

  • D.Wolfe

    The only thing I’d every seen Charlie in a few years back was a UK made period drama called, “Nicholas Nickleby” with my girlfriend. After seeing that if anybody told me that he was next going to be starring as a VP of an outlaw biker club in a new series, I would have thought there was no chance he could pull that off….well, I was sure wrong, as he really nails it as Jax Teller in SoA, so maybe he won’t have any trouble with Christian Grey? We’ll see.

  • Dee

    I am soo not down sharing him with these ’50 shade of grey’ bitches…..

  • Reg

    I’m glad Matt declined the role. I like Charlie if Matt didnt want it. He’s not Matt but he’ll do decent job.

  • Verity

    This movie is going to flop, flop, flop. Some books are just not meant to be on the big screen and 50 Shades is one of them. There is a reason most turned down the role, it’s career suicide. They scrapped the bottom of the barrel and this is what they came up with; a scruffy looking d list actor and a z list actress.

  • DV8

    Some of you are so rude! People are acting as if 50 Shades of Grey is an amazing piece of literature! It’s fan fiction, very badly written fan fiction at that and Charlie is a great actor who I think is going to surprise everyone. Wait until you see the trailer to judge, damn! Also I never realized that he looks a lot like Tom Hardy. Two fiiiiiine men I’d love to climb like a tree lol

  • Maria

    The movie is a big FLOP. They couldn’t get good actors so they settled for a D-List and a double Z list actress. I agree some books are not meant to be on the big screen. The book was a page turner regardless how amateurish written it was. Both actors are wrong for the parts. They’re not beautiful as what E.L. James kept emphasizing over and over in the 3 books about it.

    ACK! I waited for the movie only to be disappointed at the chose actors. I’m not watching it. I’m reserving my Christian and Anastasia as I see it in the books. Ugly actors = turn off at the movies.

  • anna

    I don’t like him …He’s not Christian …

  • Unknown

    I’ve seen his video in queer as folk in youtube and he finally looks clean and with short hair. The problem is.. His mole on his face between his cheek and his mouth. It’s very disturbing. I don’t want christian grey to have a huge mole on the face.

  • MrsOzzie

    @Dee: Me either! I loved that he was my little known crush.

  • sarah

    Readers are very quickly loosing interest in the books the more the time pass, Fifty shades of Grey is more than ever a jocking material for others, and they managed to alienate a big portion of the most hardocore fans with the way they handled the announcement of the cast…, doesn’t smell good at all for the success of the movie, but the reviews are bound to be hilarious, can’t wait !

  • Kart

    @PRESIDENT-ELECT-ROMNEY: OMG! Mitt Romney as Christian Grey!

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I just cant see him successfully pull of the classy billionaire businessman thing. The sex scenes yes. But the character needs to be so much more then that.

  • Janire

    I can’t understand all the hate. I’m agree witrh Matt Bomer being Grey because he appears to my mind like the character but if he didn’t want to do it, ok. Charlie was finally the one who will be Christian Grey (he isn’t like the book’s description, right) but I’ll give him a chance. I saw him in Sons of Anarchy and he’s really good! iIn the other hand, the female choice is the one I dislike, I find Dakota older than her age and not even cute…

  • Meh

    He is UGLY!!!!!!!

  • Ann

    I didn’t like him in Queer As Folk. US version and Radny Harrison are so much better

  • dresden

    Jax Teller I am so proud of you! And for those who are disappointed (regarding all the much hotter actors that were being considered) just wait and see. He is a good actor (with a slightly unidentified accent in my opinion because of his effort to cover his british identity)
    good luck to the movie

  • merav

    I wish you luck though if truth be told I preferred Matt March and Ian but I understand they are not wanted and not what to do I hope I will not disappoint and will play the Cristan beautiful just will have to download your beard and hair dye brown color copper as Cristan I hope you take this into account?

  • alaia

    I’m disappointed that he decided to attach himself to this godawful film.

  • Mia

    I like him a lot. Can’t wait to see him in this movie!

  • breezedash

    some comments are really funny. and this petition funny too.
    but anyway, this movie will be successful cause’ so many women all around the world like this book and they definitely will go to the cinema.
    i just want to support charlie actually. I remember the film “Green Street Hooligans” with him and Elijah Wood, and he’s such a talented actor.
    I’m sure that he’ll be perfect C. Grey

  • ….

    @Meh: whaat? you need ypur eyes checked

  • SOS

    Love CH. Can’t wait to see the film. He looks great.

  • anna

    he seems so convincing but…boo!!! faker

  • Tita

    I love Charlie, but I think taking this role was a mistake. Unfortunately, he’s starting to sound a little douchey: “I think it will actually bring us closer.” Sure, because seeing your SO sexing all over someone else tends to do that…

  • racy

    The really bad indication about this movie is that women just want to see Charlie – with or without his clothes. Looks like the story is just somewhere off in the distance. Think maybe Charlie was looking for something to take him to the top and this came along first. I really like Charlie as Jax because he appears as an everyday person that has a tought spirit to win – that may be the role he played getting the part and what and how he plays Christian. You have to admire the person who knows what he wants and goes after it. Anybody know why he wears a ring on his left hand? The one on the right is probably the one his girlfriend gave him. I will always see him as Jax. Good luck, Morgana!

  • Jessie

    Verity @ 09/08/2013 at 2:28 am #16
    -
    Although I think the author wrote ca ca, I don’t see the film failing. People bought 95 MILLION dollars worth of books. Even if only half the people see the move it will be a huge success. True a good many people didn’t like the book, but that doesn’t mean they won’t see the film. Even if the author sucks as a writer, with a good screenwriter it could be done well. It has the potential to have more teeth than Twilight which was written as a teen series. I’m not saying it’ll make as much money because it has to be R rated or what’s the point, but it could do very well.
    v
    I’m not a fan of the book and don’t intend to see the movie, but I do see the potential.

  • racy

    @Tita: Good point. LOL

  • mbl

    Am I the only one who is actually Ok with the cast? Maybe not the people I would have chosen, but if they did get cast, there must be solid reasons. I will give them a chance and when the movie comes out will go and see it and enjoy it. Its not a life or death matter for gods sake.

  • cari

    Christian Grey, meet Charlie Hunnam.
    Charlie Hunnam, meet the end of your career.

  • DanaP

    @Franson: I think he’s more than old enough to know that if he didn’t make it already in Hollywood probably this would be his only chance.

  • jenna

    Ok guys. You all need to calm down. I’m crazy about Matt Bomer but this Charlie is a good actor. True he is no Matt but he has his own thing going. Be thankful, you could have gotten someone worse. Atleast this guy can act and can clean up well.

    Hopefully we will get Matt to star in another romantic movie soon:) fingers crossed….

  • shut up

    Nothing on the planet worse that NASTY F—ING FAN GIRLS. Go back to Tumblr and whine like you always do. Complaining about every f— thing on the planet!! It really boils down to being just A BOOK! -and the fact that he has to work like the rest of us. It’s not a career suicide btw any male actor that would have gotten this job I think it’s something good to have under your belt. Who cares if a well talked about book with wacky crazy erotica scenes and stupid crap about how no one wants to take on the roles in the movie. ITS BEING MADE GET OVER IT.

  • HUH

    Okay to all the stupid girls that keep saying it’s a career end -er, how so? Do you actually think that right after he finishes this movie that he’s going to wake up out of bed and be a poor homeless with no job to go to because he did this movie? People/work doesn’t vanish like that. Takes a whole lot more to have a career suicide/end. Something like horrible cheating rumors, rape, murder, drugs. That can taint you and end your career.

  • Lulani

    @Ann: i couldn’t agree more. A lot of people don’t know and don’t care to look at Charlie’s credentials. He is an immense actor.and he will do this justice. I havent read the books and don’t intend to.but out of all the actors people have been talking about charlie is the only one i see that has the potential,chops and variety to pull this movie off and make it a success and the fact that they chose Dakota,they have their reason too.she mustve really impressed.charlie is very careful with his roles and i mean the guy turned down Thor for gods sake lol. He chooses his roles extremely carefully so the fact tha he picked this even thought the books gave been trashed says a lot. Can’t wait for it. Neil definitely be seeing it.people keep going on about alexis bliedel and matt bomer but have they ever stopped to think maybe those two were never even considered for the parts? Smdh

  • mawahaha

    no one want talentless bomer. nothing worse than a gey guy pretending to play a straight role. don’t know where the fan girls were going with that one. charlie is a manly man! just right.

  • Celia

    Gah I can’t wait until this movie comes out and people can forget about this crappy, badly written “book” I’ll give the movie a chance cause who knows it might be good. Hopefully they have a good screenplay.

  • maria

    @mawahaha: stupid, hateful, dumb, unintelligent comments like yours makes Matt seem even more classier that he already is. He gave his blessings to Charlie and Dakota, said he looks forward to see the movie with the two. If you had only half of his decency you’d be able to deal with your pathetic life better without the need for hatred and bigotry.

  • alexandra

    Where are the pictures of the rest of the cast? Tommy Flanagan? Winter Ave Zoli? Jimmy Smits? More pictures please!!

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