When Charlie Hunnam was first cast in the role of Christian Grey for the highly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, it didn’t come without a fair share of criticism. A lot of fans didn’t think he was a right fit for the part, so it wasn’t all that surprising when he eventually dropped out of the project.
As everybody knows, the role eventually went to Jamie Dornan. But looking back, Hunnam says giving up the iconic role was a huge mistake. In a new interview with V Man magazine, the 35-year-old actor admitted that it was “the worst professional experience” of his life, adding that it was “heartbreaking” to have to walk away from the film. “It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally,” lamented Hunnam.
At the time, Hunnam said he had to drop out of the Fifty Shades movie because there were scheduling conflicts with some of his other projects, including wrapping up his TV series, Sons of Anarchy. He had also given his word to his Pacific Rim director, Guillermo del Toro, that he would take on his next film, Crimson Peak.
However, as Hunnam revealed in this recent interview, his decision also had to do with his own personal struggles that were going on his life when he was cast. The actor said that he was on “real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak,” and as a result, he felt like there was just too much pressure. “I got myself so f*cking overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn’t know what to do,” admitted Hunnam. Ultimately, walking away from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie just made sense.
Nonetheless, you can catch Hunnam in some of his new releases that did pan out—Crimson Peak is set to release this October, The Lost City of Z and Kings of Roundtable: King Arthur release next year, and the sequel Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is expected in 2017.
Hood, B., “Charlie Hunnam was ‘heartbroken’ he quit ‘Fifty Shades,’” Page Six web site, September 10, 2015.