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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Reveals Why Wife Sam Didn't Cast Him as Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'!

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Reveals Why Wife Sam Didn't Cast Him as Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'!

Aaron Taylor-Johnson goes in for the punch on the cover of Nylon Guys magazine’s May 2014 issue.

Here’s what the 23-year-old Godzilla star had to share with the mag:

On his self-destructive past: “It was a lot of crazy shit I got up to for a couple years. I was pretty self-destructive at one point. I used to smoke 30 fags a day, used to drink non-stop. I’ve always been able to be on the edge – be on the line, but then I pulled myself back.”

On being a dad: “I’m the only Dad (in my children’s music class). It’s like mums and nannies. And you’re clapping your hands. You’re singing more than the kids are.”

On turning down the role of Christian Grey with his wife: “I think (Fifty Shades of Grey) would have been the wrong kind of hype to bring towards us. It would have been kind of funny that this character that all these women fancy – he’s one in a million – and my wife picks her husband to play the part?”

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  • Liz

    I’m having a difficult time understanding what this 23 year old man sees in his 47 year old wife? Please someone explain because as they get older, their differences will appear more in the relationship.

  • Marzipan

    Guess what? It’s none of your business.

  • Journalistic

    I know a lot of people find their relationship bizarre but it seems like a much better choice than continuing on the path he was on before. It sounds like he wasn’t happy back then.

  • ForMe

    @Journalistic: He was 18 years old when they met. He was barely on any “path”. If this was a 23 year old woman talking about her 47 year old husband you’d be saying he took advantage of her and you know it.

  • samislucky

    he’s so handsome it hurts

  • Janire

    His wife is so lucky!

  • Cate

    Their relationship is creepy and it’s clear from his quotes that he didn’t come from the best background. She was very wealthy. It’s pretty obvious that one of the reasons he got together with her was the money and stability she brought. If the genders were reversed people would be open about calling him a goldigger and her a gross old man.

  • JG

    @Liz: are you making these same comments about older men married to younger women? check yourself.

  • Uhum

    She was the one with all the money, so obviously she was a sugar mama. She’s probably been helpful in him getting acting parts, too. Time will tell, but I predict in the next 5-10 years, he’s going to end up with someone younger. May-December relationships are much more successful if the man is the older one, it’s just a fact. She’s a bit naive to think it will work in the long term.

  • goopita nylon

    I love all these couples where she’s older. Times have changed and women are not just a reproductive machine. We can have fun too. Respect for all these young guys with a mature demeanor. It’s a good contrast to the cliche of Hollywood men with middle age crisis and male menopause.

  • mer

    is that even a magazine cover, I can take better pics

  • #10

    @goopita nylon: You sound kind of dumb. They met when he was 17 and she was 41 and still married with children. If this was an older man and a younger women you’d call him a predator. If you have children and your 17 year old son is in a relationship with a 41 year old woman that’s OK with you? She’s an older woman who’s just having “fun too.’

  • Effy

    So we can accept him with a way older woman, but Bradley Cooper is a pedo for dating someone younger? Double standards are bs.

  • Yeah

    We rightly talk about older men being predators, but it seems that she was one, too. He was incredibly young and in a bad place, and she was MUCH older, with money. It’s like she took advantage of the situation.

  • Alaia

    @Effy: Look around, where are these accepting people? Personally, I don’t care either way as long as they are both happy consenting couples. People need to stop being so judgmental.

  • @15

    @Alaia: I think Effy talking about the comment from #10.

  • Liz

    @JG: Yes I am….Leo D. and Toni G. anyone?

  • jj

    Did anyone catch the word ” f ags” in that interview??? Just Jared needs to stop making typos.

  • ForMe

    @jj: Fags is Brit slang for cigarettes.

  • ForMe

    @jj F ags is Brit slang for cigarettes.

  • kathy

    You poor boy she really got into your head didn’t she. What’s more disturbing is her friends were saying it’s her life, it’s her life, screw her life what about his? He was newly legal and you want me to believe he wanted a family so fast? Where was his family and friends in all this? Somebody must have spoke up on his part to say how wrong it was. To top off the disturbing part she mentioned guys don’t get judged for dating young girls. Uh honey yes they do, we’re just more use to it because women mature faster than men by your age, wonder what’s your excuse. It’s nice to read that he loves his kids at least. :)

  • whipitgood

    Does mommy beat you with a stick if you don’t say the right things?

  • ???

    Wrong kind of hype indeed it’s bad enough your relationship is seen as Christian and Elenas. Funny how “she saved you from your destructive past” did she love you in a way you found acceptable Christian, uh i mean Aaron?

  • dru
  • idk

    I read the full interview and he mentions that his wife knows he wasn’t fit to play Christian. Part of me can’t help but think she didn’t want him to play the part because she doesn’t want him to know how much potential he has as an actor. Even though he would get eaten alive by 50 shades stans they would accept him in the end. In interviews he’s always mentioning her and how great she is. I think he would have made a great Christian! If you have seen him in that movie chatroom you would know the mans got it. It just seemed sketchy to me. That interview above me was loads of creepy by the way.

  • Willard

    @dru: Holy moly! That is the sickest and scariest thing i read today i had to reread some parts to see if i was delusional clearly she is it reminded me of this law & order show i saw a while back only it’s sort of different let me find it and post it it’s too long to explain i am in agreement with everyone who says he seems controlled and taken advantage of and he doesn’t look all smiles with her like she with him he repeats things she’s said

    Found it!

  • Carla

    I’ll just leave this here
    It’s nice to see him smile
    I never seen him smile this much with anyone before
    so romantic! :D

  • Ellen

    Aaron was an adult when the two met and got in a relationship. He certainly isn’t a gold-digger as one person pointed out since he has been an active actor since the age of 6. He had plenty of great roles way before meeting her (his fame came with the movie Kick-ass which came before he went to film Nowhere boy where he met Sam) and plenty of money for a young adult. He never was much of a playboy and has always dreamed to start a family. They found each other, got married, have two beautiful children and raise four. This is HIS life, what he does with it is his deal and his deal only. They don’t hurt anybody so give it a rest!