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Charlie Hunnam Had a Nervous Breakdown Over 'Fifty Shades'

Charlie Hunnam Had a Nervous Breakdown Over 'Fifty Shades'

Charlie Hunnam rides off on his motorcycle after checking out new sunglasses at the Guise Archives Eyewear Company on Saturday (September 6) in Los Angeles.

The 34-year-old actor talked to Moviefone this week to reveal his decision to drop out of the Fifty Shades of Grey.

“I was going to finish Sons [of Anarchy] at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning,” Charlie said. “And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting Crimson Peak in Toronto. I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.”

“I just said, ‘I can’t … I can’t …,’” Charlie added. “To fail on such a grand scale – because Fifty‘s going to be massive, it’s going to be huge. I really didn’t want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it.”

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  • sweetness

    It really is our loss that he’s not doing that role. He was born to play Christian Grey.

  • sweetness

    It’s our loss that he’s not doing this role. He was born to play Christian Grey.

  • Raquel

    @sweetness: I agree. I wish he still in it.

  • yumm

    @sweetness: Part of it was all the RUDE hater 50 shades morons making such nasty comments about him. They should be embarrassed. Charlie’s career is taking off, so he has the last laugh. He shouldn’t have to keep explaining himself. Move on, people, the movie has already been filmed.

  • forrest gump

    this is why he wears a helmet, folks!!

  • allison

    Good grief, he talks about this movie more than the people that are actually in the film. Please stop talking about 50 Shades, Hunnam.
    He should have been talking about Sons Of Anarchy finale that starts TONIGHT at 10 pm

  • Missy

    He’s pure sexniess. Never understand all this whining about him as C. Grey!!!

  • Elisa

    it’s been over a year since he drop that role, why they keep asking him about it??? get over it already, he would have been an awesome sexy christian grey but he couldn’t do it , i think it’s time to move on

  • Pamela

    I find funny how he got all the attention of a role that he is not playing instead the actual christian grey( jamie dorman) who has the charisma of a potato

  • ed

    I still think he took the role to later just bail out. all the attention certainly increase his “fame” levels…

  • Moi

    He’s gorgeous. I’m so disappointed he isn’t Christian grey

  • swiftie

    I am watching Sons of Anarchy Season 1 on DVD this week.
    This man is an absolute Adonis. Why did I not know of him until now?
    He reminds me a bit of Kyle Lowder from Days of Our lives.

  • Galda

    Charlie bb, I love you, I’ll surpport anything you’re in. But you really need to stop talking about dat sinking ship of a project as if it was anything but a joke. It’s not your fault they wouldn’t give you the creative control you deserve, you have every reason to back out anything you’re not sure of. That’s enough, you’re going to lead the tent pole project of WB for the coming years, you gonna rise and shine like the sun you are, so what you must do is STOP linking yourself to dat movie which would only taint your name! NEVER mention dat again coz you’re the King. Now act like one!

  • ish

    he’s 1000x better looking than jamie dornan and is a 1000x better of an actor than jamie dornan. charlie didn’t lose out at all, he may not see it yet but at least he didn’t do a career suicide movie. fifty has terrible, cheesy writing in the book and does not follow along with proper BDSM etiquette, charlie should be glad he isn’t a bad influence on younger adults that may want to get into BDSM for the wrong reasons by just watching 50. sticking with filming with guillermo del toro is the best direction for his career right now. being part of a franchise isn’t all that cracked up to be, anyways i could never believe that his version of christian grey would go out with dakota johnson, i wouldn’t be able to believe it while watching the movie.

  • Meadow

    @Galda: Maybe if reporters would stop asking him about it, he would stop talking about it. It’s not like he goes out and has a press conference.

  • g.trevino

    Charlie is hot I just love his role in sons of anarchy his super handsome

  • susy

    LOL he NEEDS to f*cking stop talking about this movie. Whining like a little girl whos boyfriend broke up with her lmao. Get over yourself dude…….all of his inervieuws are about FSOG…

  • :DDDDDDD

    Charlie Hunnam beautiful artist.

  • Miriam

    Love Charlie! I’m happy he dropped 50 Shades of Grey.

  • Karla

    Get over your self dude!

  • dee

    @allison: Not his bro, he keeps talking about it, because people KEEP ASKING him about it. Cant blame the guy, and hes waay too nice to not answer.

  • m

    dropping that movie is the best thing he’ll ever do, probably saved his career

  • JWCamp

    Since he’s so overworked perhaps he should take some time off…and get some acting lessons.

  • David

    Eh…. Charlie can go make more Pathetic Rim movies. You all have seen his horrific acting, right?? He can always ask them to not bring it up, it’s his choice to continue drawing attention to backing out. Have any of you actually read the Masters… Errrr… Fifty Shades books? He doesn’t look the part. Jamie is definitely a closer match. Sour grapes … Whine whine whine..

  • !

    @David you’re right, really wish he would stop talking about it too, as far as his acting he’s a great “Jax Teller” not great in PacRim, so I guess we’ll see what the future holds

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