Charlie Hunnam: Why I Left Fifty Shades of Grey, And Why Its Critics Are Wrong

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Charlie Hunnam 50 Shades of Grey

By Shari Weiss

Charlie Hunnam 50 Shades of Grey

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Charlie Hunnam says it was “pretty heartbreaking” last fall when he backed out of playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, but he insists there’s no salacious secret behind his exit. In his first extensive interview about leaving the project, Hunnam candidly opens up to the Associated Press, admitting, “I don’t think people have had unchaperoned access to me since all of this went on.”

“The CliffsNotes were exactly what we said,” says the actor. “I couldn’t do it because of [the] schedule. It was as simple as that.” He was ultimately replaced by Jamie Dornan, and Hunnam notes, “I would’ve brought a certain rugged charm to [the character] but believe me, he’s going to do just fine.”

In fact, the “Sons of Anarchy” actor says he’s “really excited” to see the movie when it opens next Valentine’s Day. “I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with [the film’s director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] and play that character,” he explains. “I’m really, really curious.”

He also remains in awe of Fifty Shades author E L James, and slams critics who dismiss her series as “mommy porn.” Hunnam says, “I think people really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to that type of talk.” “What [she] actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject,” says the star, adding, “Actually what she did was pretty brilliant.”

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