Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is most well-known as Jax Teller. But if things had worked out differently, he might have also been famed for his role as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
Following a connection with filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson, Hunnam agreed to take on the role. Sadly, he was forced to withdraw at the eleventh hour. The 42-year-old now describes his work experience as the “worst professional experience” of his career.
A schedule difficulty and his friendship with a co-star led Charlie Hunnam to withdraw from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Hunnam was preparing for the next phase of his career in the final season of Sons of Anarchy. As a result, he was offered parts in two films: Fifty Shades of Grey and Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance Crimson Peak.
Charlie Hunnam had to make a difficult decision because the production schedules for both of these projects were so close together that he had to make a difficult decision. There were a few projects that he had to choose between. And he ultimately decided to turn down the main role in a massively lucrative picture in favor of a smaller-budget production in which he was cast as a supporting character.
A year ago, Hunnam told Variety that he had promised Guillermo del Toro that he would star in the picture. Incredulous people were saying, ‘Are you crazy?'” For now, you can do this [instead of waiting for Guillermo to finish recasting the role]. It’s not going to happen.
This is a friend of mine; we worked together on a film; he has my word.'” The ‘Sons of Anarchy star says it was the “worst professional experience of my life.” He described himself as “quite mercurial and a very tough, long-winded decision maker in the best of circumstances,” according to Hunnam.
Following a connection with filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson, Hunnam agreed to take on the role He described the experience of withdrawing from Fifty Shades of Grey as “very painful and emotionally demanding” because he prides himself on being a professional author. Being “a man of my word” matters a lot to him.
When he couldn’t figure out what to do, he decided to phone Johnson and tell her what was going on. Hunnam recalls both he and Johnson sobbing for 20 minutes, but he had to tell her “this was not going to work.”
Several personal events occurred during this time period, which left me emotionally drained and cognitively frazzled. Hunnam admitted, “I just got so f**king overwhelmed and I was having panic attacks over the whole thing.
“It was the worst professional experience of my life.” Heartbreaking”: “It was the most emotionally damaging and difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with professionally, it was heartbreaking.”
Charlie Hunnam says that the nudity in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey was not a problem. There were reports that Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey due to the film’s explicit sexual content. Despite this, he maintains that the decision was taken due to scheduling issues.
Using Queer as Folk as a case study, he demonstrated that he had no problem with nudity and sexual material. “When I was 18, I was getting f**ked in the ass, absolutely naked on national television, you know?” he remarked.