Charlie Hunnam shares reasons behind ‘heartbreaking’ decision to leave ‘Fifty …

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Charlie Hunnam still whinging about Fifty Shades of Grey.

When Hunnam backed out of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades in October 2013, fans of the erotic novels were in an uproar over the news. (After much debate over casting, the role of whip-wielding, brooding billionaire Christian Grey went to Jamie Dornan, of course, and the film premiered this Valentine’s Day weekend to record-breaking box office numbers.) Hunnam, who stars next in Guy Ritchie’s highly anticipated King Arthur, told EW earlier this summer that exiting the project was “very, very painful for me,” and recalls the episode as being “a really unpleasant period of time.” “It was the worst professional experience of my life,” the Sons of Anarchy star says in the interview. “It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally.

There are two decks and a courtyard but, according to the plans of the author EL James’s new Cornish holiday home, no dungeon or even an S&M chamber. Even so, the actor, who has since gone on to star in other big-budget pictures, like Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, is still being asked about the Fifty Shades fallout.

The 713 sq m plot is currently occupied by a drab bungalow that will be bulldozed to make way for a home that would not be out of place in her character Christian Grey’s property portfolio. And in a new interview, Hunnam offers up the gritty behind-the-scenes truth about his “emotionally destructive” decision to flee the film co-starring Dakota Johnson. I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word.” “We both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes,” he tells the magazine. “I needed to tell her that this was not going to work.” And not only for scheduling reasons: “There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak,” he admits. “I just didn’t know what to do.” In response to the rumors that he gave up the role because of the explicit sexual content, Hunnam, recalling his role on Queer as Folk, simply says, “When I was 18 I was getting f–ed in the ass, completely naked on national TV.” That ought to shut up the skeptics.

Hunnam explains that it wasn’t the film’s sexual content or the kinky hang-ups of character Christian Grey that drove him away from the project as much it was a promise he had made to a friend—filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. “I’d given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do Crimson Peak,” he tells V Man magazine. The actor admits that del Toro had plenty of time to recast his role, and that those around him thought his decision was insane—but maintains that he couldn’t ditch his pal. “People were saying, ‘Are you crazy?” Hunnam continues. “’Guillermo still has got four months to recast, it’s the fourth lead, you can go and do this [instead].’ I said, ‘I can’t.

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