Charlie Hunnam “Heartbroken’ Over ‘Christian Grey’ Role, Universal Insider Tells Us, He’s Being Considered For More Flicks, Highlight Hollywood News


Charlie Hunnam is reportedly heartbroken over Christian Grey. The actor had to drop out in the early planning stages for the film adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey” books.



While the decision was reportedly due to his demanding schedule and family issues, it was a heartbreaking choice to leave the highly anticipated film’s leading role, which was quickly picked up by Jamie Dornan.



“I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken it on in the first place,” he told Life & Style.



“When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it’s heartbreaking not to be able to play him,” he continued. “It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life.”




Universal Pictures raved behind-the-scenes about Charlie even after he bailed on the flick.  An insider telling us, “He was a class act from the first day, and he is always going to be someone we consider here for possible roles. The guy is totally sincere, and his fans love him. A man this talented, this gracious is going to have a long career in this town, and in this business. He’s definitely going to be on our studio’s short-list for possible future work.”



Despite the pain of leaving a role that’s been causing a buzz since it was first revealed the erotic trilogy would become a movie, Hunnam, 33, endorsed his replacement.

“I’m sure he’ll do a great job,” he said of Dornan to TMZ in November.




“I don’t really know his work,” Hunnam confessed. “But I know (director Same Taylor-Johnson) is amazing. She has fantastic taste so I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”

His early departure from the steamy flick just one month after signing on for the part was surprising to many.

“I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive,” the “Sons of Anarchy” star told E! News in October shortly after dropping out of the film and months after his father passed away.

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,” Universal Pictures said in a statement.




The 32-year-old northern Irish actor tapped as Hunnam’s replacement has gained major notoriety since signing on to the film. Prior to getting the lead role, the former Calvin Klein model was best known as Sheriff Graham Humbert on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”



Although he had to bail on the role, the humble guy says, he’d still attend the premiere for the movie slated for release Feb. 13, 2015. 



“If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there,” he told Life & Style. “If not, I’ll go and buy some tickets on opening night.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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