Charlie Hunnam views quitting Fifty Shades of Grey as “the most emotionally destructive” event.
The 35-year-old actor was originally cast as Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James’s novel, alongside Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.
However, after further consideration, Charlie pulled out of the project and was replaced by Jamie Dornan.
But Charlie regrets the way the situation unfolded.
“Oh it was the worst professional experience of my life,” Charlie told V Man magazine of his decision to quit the film. “It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.”
And Charlie wasn’t the only one to find his departure upsetting.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson also struggled to control her emotions when Charlie announced his intention to leave.
“I called her and we both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes. I needed to tell her that this was not going to work,” he said. “There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak. I just got myself so f***ing overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn’t know what to do.”
Charlie first shot to fame on UK TV show Queer as Folk. The program centered around a group of young gay men, and was particularly raunchy.
And the Sons of Anarchy star says his start in the industry should have proved to people it wasn’t the nudity in Fifty Shades that led to his quitting.
“The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece,” he said. “When I was 18 I was getting f**ked in the a*s, completely naked on national TV, y’know?”
– Cover Media0