British actor Charlie Hunnam made headlines in September last year when he was very publicly hired onboard the planned film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey”. A month later, he jumped off the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The “Sons of Anarchy” and “Pacific Rim” star was quickly replaced by Irish model/actor Jamie Dornan in the role of kinky billionaire Christian Grey and filming on the project was done earlier this year ahead of a February 2015 release.
Now, given a good amount of distance from the casting craziness, Hunnam spoke with Life & Style magazine (via Variety) about his exit and that he didn’t commit to the project flippantly when he first hopped onboard:
“I felt like I had an interesting take on the character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken it in the first place. 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.”
Hunnam recently began filming the final season of “Sons of Anarchy” following his work on Guillermo del Toro’s new gothic thriller “Crimson Peak”. He holds no grudges against Dornan or the production, saying “If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there. If not, I’ll go and buy some tickets on opening night.”