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Charlie Hunnam: 'I Had an Interesting Take' on Christian Grey

Charlie Hunnam: 'I Had an Interesting Take' on Christian Grey

Charlie Hunnam hits the set of his series Sons of Anarchy on Monday afternoon (June 2) in Los Angeles.

The 34-year-old actor recently opened up about dropping out of the highly anticipated movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

“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,” Charlie told Life & Style.

“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,” he added. “It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life.”

FYI: Charlie is wearing Levi’s jeans.

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  • festival

    then why did he drop out? too late anyway. wasn’t meant to be.

  • Dee

    I see he’s hanging out with the mother of his first child on SOA. That’s interesting, still hope he goes after Gemma’s ass for what she did. Love Charlie!

  • sid

    I understand where he’s coming from but I insist, he’s too awesome to be part of such a shitty story like 50 shades of grey.
    I’m more sad that he’s on set for THE FINAL season of SOA :(

  • Hubba hubba

    Does he still have a girlfriend? One can dream….

  • Fresh

    So why did he drop out? Backlash? Rob Pattinson had the same thing when he was cast in Twilight. X 10000.

  • Dee

    @festival: @Fresh: He dropped out because of his “work schedule” but everyone thinks its actually because of the money and the anonymity he would lose after getting this character and the backlash it might create for him as an actor….
    @Hubba hubba: Yup goin 7-8 years now I believe. Surprised he hasnt popped the question.

  • anna

    He’s just trying to be nice. Who would want to be part of that crapfest?

  • Charlie fan

    @Fresh: I know his father had died, and he went back to England for awhile after finishing SOA. This was right before 50 Shades was due to start filming. He never mentioned that publicly.

  • Melissa

    Charlie is a classy actor and great guy.
    A lot of opportunities will appear

  • fatty

    Sounds like he regrets it. Well to bad you’re too ugly to play Christian and you dropped out knowing that.

  • I’m sure you ARE fat

    @fatty: I’m sure you’re alot uglier than he is.

  • Lisa G.

    This guy is Christian Grey, what a shame he dropped out.

  • Luna

    the only reason for me to watch that crappy movie was him ( only to see him naked I recognize it jajaa) i never understood why he pick that role, and i was glad when he drop it.

    ps: he looks so hot as jax

  • Emily Rose

    I read that There was A petition going around about Not wanting him to Play Christian Grey. That would have been A huge Ego Breaker. He should have just done it and showed them that he would have succeeded. He would have been amazing. “Orphaned Boy becomes the Richest, Sexiest Man ever!!!” He fits. I’m disappointed he backed out. I won’t be watching the movie. I read the trilogy placing him as Christain. :( if the pit ion had anything to do with this division, shame on you who,started it and those of you who signed the petition. You made A Big Mistake.

  • Holly

    @Hubba hubba: Yes, his girlfriend was sitting with him when he got his award just a day before. He hugged her first then went to Guillermo del Toro. She seemed really happy for him.
    @Emily Rose: That petition was just plain stupid, only the press was making a big deal with it. They couldn’t even got a lot of people to sign it. Charlie’s name was never hurt by it, in fact, he’s got a lot of new fans from it.
    And it was actually creativity difference he’s got with the director. 2 well known screen writers were hired right after he left, the problem was with the script. I don’t think he ever regret to drop out, Charlie is just, you know, he always says nice things to people.

  • Bianca

    Look at all the swagger!! My boy is looking dapper as always… xoxoxo

    @hubba hubba- I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already married. His notoriously private when it comes to his girlfriend.

  • .

    @Holly: I heard that during the filming, the author completely disrupted everything and interfered with the filming. She was way too domineering, and wouldn’t let the director do her job.

  • GFW

    I’m more interested in what his take on the character was. Maybe that’s the real reason, he knew more about or learned more about the condition and James et al want total fantasy? As in total fantasy.

  • Missy

    He was the most perfect Christian Grey ever!

  • Fan

    Love Charlie, he’s a good actor. Can’t wait until SOA returns for It’s final season.

  • Nile

    He dropped out because of the petition, some stupid people wanted Matt Bloomer (or whatever his name) and Alexis Bledel…So they dropped him to cast someone looking similar to Matt and Alexis…Shame, I think he would’ve done great job, looking all dangerous and SteveMcqueensh…


    AMERICA doesn’t give a flying shitstir about this alien POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    WTF is this britshit chink doing within America??!!??

  • fatty

    @I’m sure you ARE fat: Nope! Nice try though =D

  • fatty

    Oh and by the way I’m one of the people that signed that petition too! And believe me there were tons of people that wanted him out. Too bad too he let it get to him, shows how strong he is as an actor. Also to add to the author being dominant on set, if it’s her book being directed by a grown woman who had relations with a barely legal teen on one of her sets before, i would take control too. The director ruined a biopic that could have won many awards if she wasn’t on set being a horny teenage girl. What makes you think she wouldn’t ruin this movie that has millions of fans worldwide with an already ruined casting, upsetting E.L’s fans.

  • troll

    Really? Dude get over it you had your chance. Roles come and go stop making publicity for yourself over this movie.

  • sigh

    I actually saw a Hells Angels biker that looked just like this. Only he had a bandana around his head, some shades, and he had on some Lugz shoes. Oh man was he a fine thang.

  • ct

    he’s got class. he read the sh** script, got to know the sleazebag producers, and realized with time that this was more the mickey mouse club with horrific casting than a good movie. they added TWO more screenwriters when he was cast. HE has creativity. this movie much like the copycat author who stole from all other scripts DOES NOT!!!

  • Nicole

    I would have dropped out, too. Too much negativity with all of the angry fans who think they know everything. If you seriously thought that Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel would have taken the parts, you are an idiot.