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Charlie Hunnam drops out of Fifty Shades of Grey due to "scheduling" issues

10.12.2013

Well, this is an interesting twist.

Charlie Hunnam, who plays "Jax" Teller on FX's Sons of Anarchy and most recently played the lead in Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM has just dropped out of the role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E.L. James' novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The sudden decision comes just after a month of Hunnam securing the lead in the best-selling "mommy porn" adaptation, which also cast actress Dakota Johnson in the opposite lead of Anastasia Steele. Here's the official announcement from the studio:

“The filmmakers of Fifty Shades Of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”

At some point the real reason for dropping out may come to light, but I like to think that Hunnam "saw the light" in a sense. I don't think anyone ever saw him taking the role because it was such a great challenge; let's face it, for Hunnam this was a career move. And, although it would surely secure him in the minds of older females for years on end, it also had the potential to cripple him in terms of being taken seriously for any other kind of role. Franchise stigma can do that to any career and I'm thankful Hunnam has chosen to go in another direction. As a big fan of his work on Sons of Anarchy (and the show itself), I'm happy to see him take some more risks, rather than get lost in a thankless role.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and the studio will surely have the role filled with another candidate right quick as the film is set to start shooting next month with an eye to release on August 1, 2014.

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10:58PM on 10/14/2013

As others have said, "bullet dodged."

This flick has "TWILIGHT for adults" written all over it. And is about as well-written.
This flick has "TWILIGHT for adults" written all over it. And is about as well-written.
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10:45PM on 10/14/2013
Why is there quotation marks in the word scheduling when for all we know it most likely is the real and legitimate reason for Hunnam to have left the project? Speculation aside, the article title is misleading.
Why is there quotation marks in the word scheduling when for all we know it most likely is the real and legitimate reason for Hunnam to have left the project? Speculation aside, the article title is misleading.
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12:21PM on 10/14/2013

Atta Boy.

Hopefully the rest of the production for this film crashes and burns quickly.
Hopefully the rest of the production for this film crashes and burns quickly.
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11:34PM on 10/13/2013
He probably saw the script and ran out the door. Good for him.
He probably saw the script and ran out the door. Good for him.
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4:18PM on 10/13/2013
Who gives a rats? Just make the damn movie for Lifetime, since that's about its target audience.
Who gives a rats? Just make the damn movie for Lifetime, since that's about its target audience.
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2:29PM on 10/13/2013

We have to stop projecting ourselves into actors

I don't know Charlie Hunnam. You don't know Charlie Hunnam. Who really knows why he signed on FSoG? Maybe he really thought it would make a good film or maybe he didn't care if it made a bad one. What we do know is that actors usually think things through before they pick a part and that it's highly unlikely he didn't know what he was getting into when he signed for the role. It's even more unlikely that an actor can back out of a signed contract unless he can prove to the studio that his
I don't know Charlie Hunnam. You don't know Charlie Hunnam. Who really knows why he signed on FSoG? Maybe he really thought it would make a good film or maybe he didn't care if it made a bad one. What we do know is that actors usually think things through before they pick a part and that it's highly unlikely he didn't know what he was getting into when he signed for the role. It's even more unlikely that an actor can back out of a signed contract unless he can prove to the studio that his scheduling conflict is a real thing, not something he made up.

Besides, how big is that franchise stigma, really? Robert Pattinson worked with David Cronnenberg after Twilight and Kristen Stewart is attached to another franchise. They may have haters but Hollywood hasn't turned their back on them.
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10:52AM on 10/13/2013

So...

I guess a million housewives masturbated to his pics for no damn reason. They must feel really silly now.
I guess a million housewives masturbated to his pics for no damn reason. They must feel really silly now.
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9:59AM on 10/13/2013
Yes. So happy about this.
Yes. So happy about this.
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3:08AM on 10/13/2013
If you still need someone to star in your sex movie, I'm free. I can tie chicks down and dominate. Hell, I can even do it looking like a biker if that's what you are into...
If you still need someone to star in your sex movie, I'm free. I can tie chicks down and dominate. Hell, I can even do it looking like a biker if that's what you are into...
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12:46AM on 10/13/2013
Plucked out of a malfunctioning Jaeger by a well-meaning Kaiju, as it were.
Plucked out of a malfunctioning Jaeger by a well-meaning Kaiju, as it were.
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10:13PM on 10/12/2013

Lets be honest

He did It for the club.
He did It for the club.
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10:02PM on 10/12/2013
Yep. He made the right call as I'm sure this will be a flop.
Yep. He made the right call as I'm sure this will be a flop.
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2:04AM on 10/13/2013
This will not be a flop. Terrible? Almost certainly. Unsuccessful? No fucking way.
This will not be a flop. Terrible? Almost certainly. Unsuccessful? No fucking way.
12:39PM on 10/13/2013
I agree with Izzy...it'll flop critically while smashing box office records
I agree with Izzy...it'll flop critically while smashing box office records
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8:35PM on 10/12/2013
Guess he finally got around to reading the script...
Guess he finally got around to reading the script...
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8:04PM on 10/12/2013

Good

Good call, Charlie. Always thought this was a bad role for him.
Good call, Charlie. Always thought this was a bad role for him.
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7:10PM on 10/12/2013
I never read the books, never will watch the movie so I have no opinion either way but I know a sister who will be disappointed
I never read the books, never will watch the movie so I have no opinion either way but I know a sister who will be disappointed
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7:00PM on 10/12/2013
Good! Jax is better than that crap.
Good! Jax is better than that crap.
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6:23PM on 10/12/2013

A Legit Reason

I actually believe the reason why he dropped out. Charlie stars on a TV show which means that his schedule is very busy. This isn't just one movie. Fifty Shades of Grey is 3 books which means there's gonna be 3 movies, possibly 4, since Hollywood tends to split the final film into 2 parts. You also have to think about the fact that he would have to promote the film all over the world. Starring on a TV show and starring in a film franchise would be very difficult.
I actually believe the reason why he dropped out. Charlie stars on a TV show which means that his schedule is very busy. This isn't just one movie. Fifty Shades of Grey is 3 books which means there's gonna be 3 movies, possibly 4, since Hollywood tends to split the final film into 2 parts. You also have to think about the fact that he would have to promote the film all over the world. Starring on a TV show and starring in a film franchise would be very difficult.
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7:20AM on 10/13/2013
You mean a franchise like Pacific Rim was supposed to be ?
You mean a franchise like Pacific Rim was supposed to be ?
6:23PM on 10/12/2013
I know he was rumored to be I think The Flash for DC at one point, maybe that is happening and he wanted to focus on that as well as his TV shows?
I know he was rumored to be I think The Flash for DC at one point, maybe that is happening and he wanted to focus on that as well as his TV shows?
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7:26AM on 10/13/2013
I actually would like him, as The Flash, but, let's face it, DC introducing him in Arrow's second season, played by an almost unknown young actor, means he won't be in JLA or played by this very same young and unknown so relatively cheap actor... But don't expect Warner taking another $200M risk after the Green Lantern debacle !
I actually would like him, as The Flash, but, let's face it, DC introducing him in Arrow's second season, played by an almost unknown young actor, means he won't be in JLA or played by this very same young and unknown so relatively cheap actor... But don't expect Warner taking another $200M risk after the Green Lantern debacle !
5:50PM on 10/12/2013
"I can dodge bullets?" - Charlie Hunnam
"I can dodge bullets?" - Charlie Hunnam
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4:41PM on 10/12/2013
And since Hunnam is out, time to call Ben Affleck!!!
And since Hunnam is out, time to call Ben Affleck!!!
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7:28AM on 10/13/2013
Hahaha... I don't know what's funnier...
Your joke or the fact that so many people didn't get it was one...
Hahaha... I don't know what's funnier...
Your joke or the fact that so many people didn't get it was one...
7:37PM on 10/14/2013
Ha! I was thinking Idris Elba or Nathan Fillion.
Ha! I was thinking Idris Elba or Nathan Fillion.
4:40PM on 10/12/2013
So happy he decided to walk away from it. I'm a huge fan of the guy and thought this would have actually have hurt his career. I'd rather see Hunnam do more dramas and action films instead, because i think he could have a solid, long career in front of him. And he does have that new Del Toro film coming out soon and potentially another Pacific Rim film. So I think he'll be fine for passing this up.

I still think he would make for a terrific Flash or an even better Green Arrow.
So happy he decided to walk away from it. I'm a huge fan of the guy and thought this would have actually have hurt his career. I'd rather see Hunnam do more dramas and action films instead, because i think he could have a solid, long career in front of him. And he does have that new Del Toro film coming out soon and potentially another Pacific Rim film. So I think he'll be fine for passing this up.

I still think he would make for a terrific Flash or an even better Green Arrow.
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4:39PM on 10/12/2013
Good for him. Though I have to wonder if his immersive TV schedule included the fact that he couldn't exactly go pretty boy with a new haircut & a shave due to SoA. I'd love to see him in more leading roles. Personally I don't think that he's a strong enough actor to carry a movie by himself, but if you give him a strong supporting cast I think he'll do fine. While I love Pacific Rim, he wasn't exactly a strong part of that flick. He'll get there though.
Good for him. Though I have to wonder if his immersive TV schedule included the fact that he couldn't exactly go pretty boy with a new haircut & a shave due to SoA. I'd love to see him in more leading roles. Personally I don't think that he's a strong enough actor to carry a movie by himself, but if you give him a strong supporting cast I think he'll do fine. While I love Pacific Rim, he wasn't exactly a strong part of that flick. He'll get there though.
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4:14PM on 10/12/2013
Bullet.......dodged
Bullet.......dodged
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