Charlie Hunnam Quit ’50 Shades’ To Avoid Being Like Robert Pattinson

Mon, October 14, 2013 8:04pm EDT by 60 Comments
Why Did Charlie Hunnam Quit Fifty Shades Of Grey
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Brittany

Posted at 3:21 PM on March 19, 2014  

Charlie Hunnam is the best choice as Christian Grey. He fits the profile perfectly. He should’ve stayed.

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Jillywilly

Posted at 4:14 PM on October 17, 2013  

I was lookind forward to seeing more of hiis nakedness. He looks great naked/

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Twinwasp

Posted at 10:19 PM on October 16, 2013  

Kudos to Charlie for bailing. This will just be this generations “Showgirls”. Poorly written books and obviously poorly scripted. If anyone should be worried it’s not Charlie, it’s the studio, director, script writer and Dakota Johnson whose career will trend Elizabeth Berkley’s.

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bonniebengal

Posted at 5:06 PM on October 19, 2013  

Hear, Hear!!!

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Ha!

Posted at 6:38 PM on October 16, 2013  

@Damn! Charlie’s not gonna be known as the man who chickened out of doing 50 Shades of Grey, he’s gonna be known as the man who saved his career by not doing this train wreck of a movie. The books suck and their based off of a film and book series that sucked. Good for Charlie!

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Ashley

Posted at 6:57 PM on October 16, 2013  

I agree with you because al the big actors they asked before Charlie (Ryan Gosling for example) turned it down because they didn’t like the script or the book. Charlie saved his career by pulling out of this future joke of a film.

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Damn!

Posted at 7:53 PM on October 16, 2013  

He’s already known as that guy that chickened out.
I’m not saying it wasn’t the right decision for him, because obviously it was.
I just wonder why the hell would he sign on in the first place then later, a statement is released saying he got cold feet, he didn’t like the script, he doesn’t want to be famous, and the list goes on.
We’ll never really know until he does an interview.
When you say the book sucks and the book it was patterned after sucked, it doesn’t matter.
Those women are RICH and laughing all the way to the bank from their sucky stories.@HA!

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Ha!

Posted at 4:51 PM on October 17, 2013  

@Damn! They may be rich and laughing all the way to the bank, but they are not very respected and neither are the actors/actresses who do their films. Look at Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. They are not taken seriously in Hollywood and they’re made fun of on a daily bases. So like I said before Charlie definitely saved his career and reputation by dropping this film.

 
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Ha!

Posted at 5:01 PM on October 17, 2013  

@Damn! You should want to be respected in Hollywood. That means you’re respected by big time producer and directors who will take you seriously for their films. They don’t want people who were in career ruiner films.

 
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Ha!

Posted at 6:27 PM on October 16, 2013  

I’m so happy Charlie Hunnam dropped this role. He has described himself as a character actor and doesn’t want big fame. I can respect him for that because that means he acts because he loves it and not for the fame and fortune. Not to mention this film is going to be a career killer just like Showgirls. He saved his career by dropping this.

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Roberta Schloesser (@cranberri32)

Posted at 2:48 PM on October 17, 2013  

Well said. Lots better roles coming for this talented guy.

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Deanna

Posted at 1:27 PM on October 15, 2013  

Leo DiCaprio or Zac Effron plz! maybe Ryan Gosling! :)

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Deanna

Posted at 1:29 PM on October 15, 2013  

and maybe emma Watson or Natalie portman?

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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 2:25 AM on October 16, 2013  

either but also Keira Knightly Dont tnhink she take it though shes newly married to a musician
KK lifes in London She more workUK@France than she can poke a stick at.Shes not poor either.
Shes an anglophile and francophile and seems happy in UK but you never know and she would
BRING a name to it?

 
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Deanna

Posted at 1:31 PM on October 15, 2013  

Leo, Zac or Ryan, or even Matt

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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 2:33 AM on October 16, 2013  

Only USA actor I can think of beside Ian is Bradley Cooper

 
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Sara

Posted at 1:03 PM on October 15, 2013  

@damn: sorry to say you really don’t know what you are saying…he portrayed a gay guy in his early work and had sex scenes in there, if he could pull off that, i don’t think he would have a hard time showing his sexiness in this sex trilogy…he rocks it in SOA and has a body you only wish you would ever have the chance to lay your hands upon….whatever the reason i am sad to see him go. he was the only reason i would have watched it.

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Damn!

Posted at 6:12 PM on October 15, 2013  

@Sara calm down. I never said he wasn’t a good actor.
What he should want to become is a GREAT! actor. Which is why he should’ve taken this role.
Playing a gay guy has been done by lots of male actors, Rob included.
Kind of a stretch for most straight men,but as an actor a bit of a challenge.
This role is not porn and would’ve made heads turn in his direction, making his star shine brighter.
More work would come his way because of it.
He knew his schedule for SOA before he signed on for FSOG.
He’s afraid of becoming famous for doing what he loves?
Something doesn’t add up.
And how do you know what I’ve laid my hands on.
You must be young, because that was a childish thing to say.
If you only knew you would be green with envy.
Go on Sarah dreaming about Charlie, while some of us are with a REAL! Charlie of our own.

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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 2:09 AM on October 16, 2013  

He was persuaded Im willing to bet $ on it.
Studio is UNIVERSAL not some small indi film They have to listen to EXECS MONEY PEOPLE
Not just been fans been media press goss sites entertainment shows all have said he was wrong.
Hes not a stupid man to come from the NOrth of England take his chances in USA hes determined
Universal defo 100% will have promised him future good things. Dakota the rider was there 4 all
She has nothing to fear as long as the Chemistry is right? HOw clear can you get in Film speak.
Both her parents arent BIG players DJ is a 80/90s has been his film works over and thats OK
He will be rich and the odd spot here and there will be fine by him. MG when did she last act?
Shes only famous because of her husband and hes not that famous anymore either.
If shes a clever girl she too will drop out and Universal will reward her too, The casting fked up.

 
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Samuelle 40

Posted at 11:48 AM on October 15, 2013  

“The constant Gardener” where have you been living it was someone in US who recommended it to my friend to read ,I then sported out and bought trilogy on Internet as some one has pointed out it could be made with less of the sex scenes and just play on the underlying story,of why CG is like he is.Its not that well written and how James got away with all the Twilight Lines as well but would like to know where the phrase Laters came from it must be plagiarised from somewhere.
I’m sure people reading it were not particularly worried how well written it was they just got on with the story line books two and three did keep your attention more on the story the rest got boring.

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Samuelle 40

Posted at 11:35 AM on October 15, 2013  

Pulled out for the right reasons ,can’t think why he would have agreed in the first place,just for publicity as some have said.Hope Rob and Kristen will run away as fast as pos if they are offered it they have the chemistry to make it work on a lower key as a love story but not as porn sure they wouldn’t want another 3 years franchise and all that entails.

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Melida

Posted at 11:27 AM on October 15, 2013  

Charlie is a good actror and very handsome I liked as CG.

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The Constant Gardener

Posted at 11:11 AM on October 15, 2013  

Since no one within America has heard of this British book, except maybe at the import rack at New York airports, wouldn’t it be better for the British to try to get Americans to actually notice the book and the books existence than to campaign for a movie America will never watch or hear about? Seems logical.

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Damn!

Posted at 5:03 PM on October 15, 2013  

What are you high @Constant Gardener?
The writer is Britsh all her characters are American.
This story was a fan fic, long before it became a book.
When E.L. James was approached by the writer’s Coffee Shop to publish her fan fic, she had to change the names.
The story is based in Portland and Seattle. AMERICAN CITIES!
Had it not been for the AMERICANS buying the book I don’t think it would be as popular.
The story was noticed long before it became a book.
If they film this right it will make a ton of money.
The book was noticed which is why they’re doing a movie.
Where have you been?
You need to get out more.

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Former50shadesFan/LOL

Posted at 11:14 PM on October 15, 2013  

LOL. I think that person been stuck with the “gardener” duties…Sorry, this was just funny. Nice to have a little humor on here.

 
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Don't put your hands on me!

Posted at 12:06 AM on October 16, 2013  

@Former50shadesfan/LOL.
You’re welcome.

 
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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 5:51 AM on October 15, 2013  

If anyone beleives that then they will be seeing PIGS FLY
He was persuaded to quit IM sure he was paid out and promised BIG film role asap@ signed
Come on he signed a contract HIS TV stuff wouldve been sorted or hed not even have auditioned
Charlies 6 years older than Rob hes a HARD NTN ENGLISHMAN not a poncey Londoner.
NO way hed drop out ,this was his major break He came to LA to be a MOVIE STAR..
I wait now to see if they DARE dump Dakkota they could do it but HOW?

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Former50shadesFan

Posted at 12:43 AM on October 15, 2013  

Great move for him. I think accepting the role then dropping out is what will make him more famous and more wanted in the movie industry. Now, people do know who he is..unlike before he was cast. Just saying…..VERY INTELLIGENT MOVE to boost your career. Good luck to you C. Hunnam. Wishing you all the best!!!!!!

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Karma

Posted at 11:59 PM on October 14, 2013  

a clever man charlie hunnam…good decision

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natalia

Posted at 11:22 PM on October 14, 2013  

I just don’t get it why he took this role in the first place. He should know by then before signing the contract paparazzi and media will follow him around. since he claims he is a private person. If he want to have a private life why choose to be an actor? It’s just annoying he didn’t earlier now we have to start from the very beginning and find the perfect Christian grey.

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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 2:21 AM on October 16, 2013  

RED the above posts He will have cleared the decks BEFORE he went for the audition
He would have had everything sorted re SOA. Hes a 33year old man come from nrth of England
Not a 22yr old as Rob was BIG difference. If you really think CH wouldve given up a MAJOR break INTO FILMS and a TRIOLOGY your nuts. Hes been clever his agents too. GO along with studio.
He wont loose out mark my words Nor will DJ if she pulls out.
Theres no point making a film if its doomed from the start. Look what happened to Lone Ranger
JD they panned it before anyone had even seen the rushes the press media critics slammed it.
It was doomed day it opened I actually LOVED it thought it was so funny and IM not a BIG JD Fan
So what if it takes longer IT has to work and to work it has to have the right people@CH@DJ arent

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Alejandrina

Posted at 10:05 PM on October 14, 2013  

Sad, If that is true. But honestly I think it was more the pressure and criticism. He didn´t fit with the characteristics of the character.

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Lynne

Posted at 10:47 PM on October 14, 2013  

Charlie would have to lose weight, and workout like crazy:
I never thought he was good looking. He looks to old for the part

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Loveyd (@Loveytvd23)

Posted at 9:40 PM on October 17, 2013  

I so agree with you Lynne.

 
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bonniebengal

Posted at 5:09 PM on October 19, 2013  

You have no clue what you are talking about and obviously haven’t seen Sons of Anarchy.

 
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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 5:56 AM on October 15, 2013  

He was pressured to quit studios want a triology and with fans and investors worried
Id say pressure money and the promise of a Major role in a new film asap he went.
He came to USA to be a Film star hes 33 not 27 he also maybe accepted best to go with dignity
That way studios@exec know hes a good human being Charlie could have lost a fortune over this
NO he dnt fit nor does Dakkotta but bet they wont dare cut her out UNLESS they say Films on hold
Then recast it totaly

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Margaret in the Pink UK/// ONE

Posted at 6:54 AM on October 15, 2013  

For once Alej I agree with you I think the pressure from the Studio exec and Investors would have been horrific lets face it from the moment they anounced him and DJ fans media goss site even newspaper critics saiod BOTH were a bad choice they named loads and YES Rob was one as well
The girl part most critics and proper media came out with UK HPs Emma
JL too tall not fragile looking in anyway Brill actress So many are too old or too young or not right
I dont think Kristen would do it ANYWAY she may look the part be able to act it really well
BUT shes changing doing diff types sure she doesnt want to be stuck in a franchise till shes 26
PLus as proffessional as they are I cant see either of them making another movie together One day maybe in 15 yearsor so when ur kids will say MUM werent they in your fave film TWIsomething

I still think Charlie was pressured by studio@execs via Investors they hype this film was getting
They cast 2 fairly unkowns thats OK but both bore no semblance to the parts wonder if DJ will qit
Media critics book fans has let studio know and everyone connected that the choice was wrong

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Tara

Posted at 10:01 PM on October 14, 2013  

Because the material sucks. He’s too good of an actor

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PotH

Posted at 11:19 PM on October 14, 2013  

agree 100 % with your words Tara
And Charlie is wise men.

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Damn!

Posted at 11:23 PM on October 14, 2013  

He had the script when he auditioned for the part. So it seems he wasn’t worried about the material at that point.
I don’t doubt he’s a good actor but he he’s not good enough to give himself a challenge. This role was his chance to show everybody what he could do and he let it go. His loss is someone elses gain.

 
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Karma

Posted at 12:04 AM on October 15, 2013  

@Damn! Please explain: which challenge? be a porn actor? come on…be serious

 
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Damn!

Posted at 12:58 AM on October 15, 2013  

That he can take the role and make people see it as more then what they’ve heard.
They’re not out to make a porno. If that was what they were doing they would lose more then half of their audience,myself included.
It would be rated “R” at best.
He knew what was in the script when he signed on. He chickened out.
It was too much of a challenge for him.
Why did he even audition in the first place?
I just think he gave up a great opportunity to expand his star quality.
espcially to those who never even heard of him.
Now he’ll just be known as the guy who chickened out of playing CG.
Serious actors step out of the box, by taking roles that’ll make people say who is that guy?
I had never heard of him until he got this role.
Whoever they pick next will be thanking him for giving up the role.
Even if the movie isn’t that great, the actors will forever be known for those roles.
More work will come their way because of it.
That’s all I’m saying @Karma

 
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*-* Bad Kitty

Posted at 1:07 AM on October 15, 2013  

Well said.

However I have just had a deliciously, wicked thought:
Leo DiCaprio for CG.

Ok, if THAT is not a conversation- starter, I do not know what s !!

 
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bonniebengal

Posted at 5:10 PM on October 19, 2013  

Exactly, Tara. Exactly.

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Sandra Gonçalves

Posted at 9:41 PM on October 14, 2013  

The movie doesn´t need to be about sex…there´s a very beautiful love storyunderlying it and the film coud be centered on grey´s background,what caused him to be such a troubled man,and how important anastacia became in his life and was able to free him from all the ghosts which had been haunting him..If the director is good and the storyline takes all the sex scenes to a second level,the movie may be a blockbuster and the leading actors will be as successful as the ones in the twighlight franchise

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Clara

Posted at 9:54 PM on October 14, 2013  

I agree completely with you, there is real deep story in this book about Christian and why he’s that way and if they concentrate on that and how the love of a woman can change you it would be awesome to watch! They don’t have to be so graphic with the bdsm stuff and make it more interesting for the viewer, the book was not written well but a good director can make a good movie out of the plot , it needs two leads with lots of intense chemistry! When I read it back in the day with my friends on the fan fic site with Edward and Bella as the leads I Invisioned them while reading and the intensity of them together is what made it readable to me! And this was before all this rob and Kristen hate started on the Internet, no matter how much you hate one or the other you can’t deny they sizzle on screen unless you enjoy lying to yourself than so be it !

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Tweetybird

Posted at 9:59 PM on October 14, 2013  

@Sandra… Comparing this to the Twilight franchise is ridiculous. That franchise was propelled because of the chemistry between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Their chemistry was like lightening in a bottle. It doesn’t happen often. Their connection was the magic that came the franchise alive. So unless the leading characters in this FSOG movie have a real connection this movie will bomb. Just saying.

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Denise

Posted at 8:31 PM on October 14, 2013  

He’s just a big chicken!

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Do You!

Posted at 8:30 PM on October 14, 2013  

I think typecast is a myth if you have actual talent.
Rob doesn’t have to take the roles he takes. He wants them.
If you are a good actor and don’t except the same types of roles you should have no problem being typecast.
Rob doesn’t like to workout or do physical stuff. He has to come out of that and look for something totally out the box from what he normally does. An actor doesn’t have to stay typecast into one type of role, if they are a good actor.
Charlie was just scared he wouldn’t do justice to the role and people would dog him.
If he really believed in himself he would attack the role with everything he has.
He knew his schedule for his show before taking the role, but all of a sudden his schedule wouldn’t allow it? Yeah right!
I think he missed a great opportunity to take his career to the next level, because he has no confidence in his abilities or he has something to hide that he doesn’t want know.

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Former50shadesFan

Posted at 8:15 PM on October 14, 2013  

I think C.Hunnam did the right choice for his career. This movie casting has been such a mess for the very popular trilogy, I can’t see any actor wanting it now. So, goodluck to the actors that play in this movie if it ever gets filmed.

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Me

Posted at 8:25 PM on October 14, 2013  

@Former
I agree, this film is another “Showgirls” in the making. Having read the “books” I have no idea how any of it can be made into a workable film. Rob & any other A-lister who may be offered the part, needs to just turn around and run from this future fiasco. And, shame on HL’s “Bonnie” for suggesting Rob should accept the role of CG.

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Former50shadesFan

Posted at 8:33 PM on October 14, 2013  

I think they should center the movie around the subplot..neglected abused child that gets adopted by a nice wealthy family, makes his own billions and falls in love with a young innocent girl that helps him change his lifestyle. Centering this film around sex and bdsm will not make for a good theater film. They could give innuendoes of the bdsm and sex and let everyone have their own opinion of what was going on. If they did this, they might could get some really talented actors and have a great movie.

 
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*-* Bad Kitty

Posted at 8:40 PM on October 14, 2013  

l like the sound of that.

 
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Do You!

Posted at 8:52 PM on October 14, 2013  

@F50SF, they just might do it the way you just suggested.
Nobody knows what the movie will be like until we see the finished product.
I will give it a chance though.
They can’t make it x-rated which is good. I’m guessing they’ll go for an “R” rating, which tones down the book big time.
I really hope they focus more on CG’s back story and how he came to be a part of the Grey family.That would be awesome.
I also hope they focus on the places that CG and AS visit. The food, music , drinks,cars, helicopter,boats ect.
The focus doesn’t have to be on the BDSM lifestyle, even though it’s a part of the story it doesn’t have to be the main focus.
I will cross my fingers and hope that is the route they’ll take.

 
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PotH

Posted at 11:21 PM on October 14, 2013  

agree @Former50shadesFan

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*-* Bad Kitty

Posted at 8:08 PM on October 14, 2013  

uh-oh, do l foresee Rob cutting out someone else ?? Them’s fighting words…

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Loui

Posted at 12:08 AM on October 15, 2013  

@Bad Kitty……
Very Sharp, (Hi Dear Kind, wish you well)

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*-* Bad Kitty

Posted at 12:11 AM on October 15, 2013  

Hello, dear friend ! Miss you much :)

 
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