Charlie Hunnam: ‘It’s heartbreaking not to be able to play Christian Grey’

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Here are some photos of Charlie Hunnam at the Huading Film Awards several days ago. Charlie’s been staying relatively quiet the past few months, especially since he tapped out on Fifty Shades of Grey. Conventional wisdom – and perhaps wishful thinking by his fans – says that Charlie pulled out of Fifty Shades because he realized that it was going to be a disaster and an embarrassment. But… I don’t know, if it was going to be so embarrassing for him, why say yes in the first place? When Charlie was on the red carpet for the Huading Awards, he spoke to Life & Style about what went down:

It was Charlie Hunnam’s decision to drop out of the upcoming film adaptation of the widely popular Fifty Shades of Grey series. And now the 34-year-old Sons of Anarchy star reveals the move was a “heartbreaking” one.

“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 at the Huading Film Awards in Hollywood Sunday.

“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 […] It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life.”

Author EL James confirmed the British hunk and actress Dakota Johnson nabbed the roles of Christian and Anastasia Steele, respectively, last September. Just one month later, Universal Pictures announced Charlie had exited the film because of his shooting schedule with the FX series Sons.

For Charlie, there are no hard feelings about the situation. In fact, he plans on fully supporting the movie when it hits theaters next February.

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

[From Life & Style]

I’m starting to wonder if Charlie was fired? Is that weird? The first explanations from Charlie’s withdrawal from Fifty Shades was that it was mutual, that there was a timing issue and that the production wouldn’t reschedule for him. But it also felt like he had second thoughts about it. Now I’m wondering if producers had second thoughts about him. Or hey, maybe he’s just being polite. It’s definitely a little bit weird and I do feel like there’s something else to the story.

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  1. PunkyMomma says:

    I agree. Something weird about Charlie’s exit. He was much more suited to the Christian Grey character in appearance than Jamie Dornan. Having said that, I think he avoided a whole steaming pile of the stinker that is FSOG.

    • Molly says:

      I am so going to see this movie because I read this book and its trash but it was decent enough trash for poolside reading last summer. I would rather have seen Charlie in this role because he seems more intense than Jamie but then Jamie could surprise me.

      FSOG is the new Showgirls and it will make money that opening weekend and thats all that matters at the end of the day.

      • FLORC says:

        Showgirls was terrible in theatres no? It only came around through dvd/vhs sales and was appreciated for its terrible kind of cult movie style.

        FSOG can only follow this if it doesn’t take itself too seriously and I doubt it will do that.
        It’ll do alright in theatres. Enough to get a sequel, but won’t be a hit. imo anyways

      • Roger says:

        Hmmm, Molly actually Showgirls was a flop on theaters: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=showgirls.htm

        It was the release on DVD and TV cable where it took the status of cult status.

        Personally, I think FSOG will fail at the box office. The effect was cooled down and the recent news aren’t encouraging for the core base of the novel. Being on TV cable would be a best option.

      • bettyrose says:

        Ugh when I think Showgirls my main association is horrifying gang rape scene. I have no intention of watching 50 Shades but if these films are comparable.. I really don’t get the interest.

      • Isadora says:

        Yes, I think it’s a bit the Twilight effect – even people I know who kind of liked Twilight back in the day (all above 20, mind you) are totally over it. That’s the problem of hypes without quality. Because Harry Potter on the other hand or even Lord of the Rings was hyped mercilessly too, but these stories stay with us.

        I’m a bit curious what the people involved will do with FSOG because the book is a wreck and to make it into a somewhat decent movie you would probably have to … rewrite it? So if the filmmakers take the quality aspect even a bit seriously they need to tweak the story enough for a somewhat decent film, but keep enough of the books to satisfy the core fan base. Tough..

    • Bridget says:

      Didn’t he butt heads with EL James and basically got out of there when he realized that her word was going to be law on that movie?

      • littlestar says:

        I find it really annoying for some reason that EL James has been given so much control over the movie. What the F does she know about making a movie? She can barely even write, for crying out loud!

  2. Sixer says:

    I think we’ll never know (and I for one will never care) and that he is just a guy with a bit of graciousness and generosity about him. He’s just being nice because he’s not the kind of bloke to be a bitch.

    Either that, or I’m projecting on a bloke who isn’t on my list. That would be a bit odd.

    • Davy says:

      I agree.

      My take? Charlie is also a writer and based on where he was willing to go on “Queer as Folk”, he is clearly comfortable exploring subjects of sexuality on screen; I bet he thought he could shape the character and the dialogue into an interesting exploration of BDSM. He seems like a “research” kind of guy (as most writers are) and I bet he thought he could bring some authenticity to that scene, and was perhaps told his input would be considered. I think there was a story about his extensive re-writes and that eventually being an issue for the book writer. I guess it was a mutual separation.

      As for his response above? What @Sixer said, he’s a nice guy and professional enough to give a well crafted answer – his leaving a major production at the last minute may not inspire confidance in those looking to cast him, so the least he can do is be publicily supportive of the project. Even though his fans want him to acknowledge the movie was shit, it doesn’t help his actual career to trash this production in any way. I think he is sincere that he wanted to play the Christian Grey HE envisioned.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        ^This. Spot on, Davey, especially the point on Charlie being a writer.

      • Jordan says:

        Well put Davey. He does come across as a gracious unpretentious guy, as well as creative.

        While it was probably the right career move for him to drop out, I’m disappointed since he is the only reason I was going to see it.

      • Anne tommy says:

        Can’t get excited about this guy. He was actually a really bad actor in queer as folk, Aiden Gillen and the guy who played stuart- who seems to have gone off the radar- were streets ahead. He has hopefully improved since then as for other reasons I will definitely be going to see Crimson peak.

  3. Nev says:

    YUM.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Maybe they can take one of the worst books ever written and turn it into a good movie, but I doubt it. I had more respect for him when I thought he pulled out. Heartbreaking to be unable to participate in this sh$t show? What a moron.

    • TG says:

      Wasn’t the Twilight series and True Blood series pretty awful books and look how successful they have been in both book and film format. I couldn’t read more than the first book of either of them. I have never read this Grey book but from what I have heard I wouldn’t have trouble imagining some hot guy like Charlie dominating me in bed. He is yummy.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        But the Twilight movies sucked. They were popular only because of the superfans.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I haven’t read or seen the Twilight series.

        TG, you would have to read 50sog to believe how poorly written it is. Omg, I couldn’t get through the first 50 pages. I think it was successful because there’s a real market for porn for women, so maybe the movies will be successful, too. But as “literature” it was a total mess.

      • Aussie girl says:

        I got to around 80 pages and gave up, ended up giving the book away to someone at work. It was just woeful writing.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Twilight movies were still crap but that to me had more to with the actors and not the script and True Blood started to go down the hill during the 4th season. Those books, the Sookie Stackhouse novels also got worse as the series went on. Terrible books. The first Twilight book was okay but book two really made me want to burn the series.

      • raindrop says:

        Twilight was still better than FSOG.

        And the True Blood books are great for what they are (and what they were intended to be) – funny, raunchy, Southern Gothic-light vampy reading.

      • Isadora says:

        I never read the Sookie Stackhouse novels but the True Blood was a nice enough TV series to watch – funny, totally over the top with the sex and blood, heavy on the Southern feeling and … Alexander Skarsgard. Let’s be honest, most people watched all 6 seasons because of Eric. And Lafayette of course.

        A series/movie can work if you have one or two really interesting or likeable characters and actors, people forgive a lot of nonsense then. Look for example at “The Blacklist”, the major draw in this series is James Spader.

    • Anon says:

      I’ve read the first True Blood book, and Twilight book and they are a million times more readable than 50 Shades of Gray. I can handle a lot of crappy writing for just a simple pleasure read, and even I couldn’t make it through the 50 Shades of Gray series.
      The only way it could become anywhere near being a decent movie is if they completely changed the book. Make the characters less cheesy, the climax a little bit more dramatic, and have one hell of a good actor playing Christian so that you forget about everything else that is wrong with the movie. But it would have to be a complete overhaul, and I am doubting the writer would allow that.

      As a side note, Charlie is just lovely and has quickly become one of my favourite celebrities. It is so refreshing to hear great stories from coworkers who met him in Toronto while he was filming Crimson Peak, saying he was an absolute sweetheart to everyone and remembered the names of the people he had met before. He is definitely one of the good ones .

    • Bridget says:

      Honest question: what was he supposed to say? “I’m so glad I made it out of that shit show, good luck with my sloppy seconds Dornan. Smell you later EL James”. He was giving a polite and professional answer. And re: him leaving FSOG – at the time Charlie left the movie it was reported that he and James had clashed -.he had a lot of input on the script and his character and she basically wanted him to shut up and look pretty.

  5. Maria says:

    I can’t see him as Grey, especially after watching The Fall.

    I think Jamie is a better choice in terms of being able to portray coldness.

    I will watch this, at home, for free, with lots of wine :)

    • Chilicat says:

      Totally agree. Dornan is lovely looking and I think better suited to Grey, but definitely watching at home with friends and a lot of booze.

    • Sighs says:

      My friend is apparently forcing me to see this. I think I’m just going to have to bring ear plugs and try to enjoy the eye candy that is Jamie Dornan.

      • Chilicat says:

        The pictures of Jamie dornan as christian grey are sooo pretty. God he is pretty. I’ve read all the books and they are terrible but I hate to say I like them as well. Haha. It will be interesting to see how the film works.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        @sighs – I’ll wait for VOD, and then take a shot every time Dakota’s inner goddess says “down there” and “oh, my!” 😝

  6. Lindy79 says:

    Weren’t some folks saying it looked like he’d left really last minute and it looked really unprofessional..? Could be him just trying to save face.
    He’s got to work and if he gets a name for being a flake who walks out a couple of weeks before shooting, it might mean he doesnt get a shot at jobs.

    SoA is ending this year so that’s his regular paycheckgone.

    • Esmom says:

      To me that seems like the most logical explanation. He flaked out and now is doing some career damage control.

    • M.A.F. says:

      But he was already slated for Crimson Peak which started to film in February in Toronto. Didn’t 50 Shades start in January? He would have to had to pull out of one of the films.

  7. Betty says:

    lol he lyin’

  8. Lizzie says:

    I think he freaked out the further he got into the whole process and he bailed. Can you imagine how Jamie Dornan is going to deal with the 40 something women who are going to be panting over him? He seems like a fairly quiet guy, kinda like Hunnam.
    It’s going to be insane.

    Also….knowing that you are in a film based on Twilight fan fic…and your basically a replacement in that womans fantasies for Robert Pattinson. Ewww.

    • Esmom says:

      Do you really think 40 something women are going to be as cray cray as the Twihards? If that’s the case then I will be really ashamed and mortified for my peer group. :(

      • Allen Smithee says:

        Most of the Twihards are 40+-something women.

      • Esmom says:

        Allen Smithee, I knew there were some 40-something Twihards but I thought the bulk of the fan base was teens? Maybe not?

      • Isadora says:

        I have been on twitter/tumblr last night and I can attest: the crazy is prevalent in all age groups. I sometimes tend to think that those women who go crazy over Twilight/FSOG are just really really lonely, which is kind of sad.

      • Dani says:

        Agree with Isadora. The crazy has no age limit.

  9. Lilacflowers says:

    Charlie clearly went out in the sun with sunglasses but no sunblock.

  10. GiGi says:

    I never really got his appeal until we watched SOA. Now… so. hot.

    But I’m glad he pulled out of 50 shades. It’s an absolute disaster of a book and a terrible representation of a dom/sub relationship. I think he’s just being generous here.

    • Badirene says:

      Its also a terrible representation of books, writing, reading and use of toilet paper. Christ I am snarky this morning.

    • Mom2two says:

      I would take Charlie any day over Jamie Dornan. That being said, he dodged a bullet with 50 Shades.

    • sienna says:

      I totally agree with you… I love SAMCRO! There is no way I could ever see him playing a pretty boy like Christian Grey. Jax Teller is way too cool for that.

      As an aside, NEVER listen to him speak in real life, he has a horrible high voice and it ruins everything!!

  11. Amy123 says:

    A lot of reports also said that Charlie wanted a lot more input but was ignored by the writers/producers. I think it was a mutual thing in the sense they didn’t or couldn’t work together anymore. I don’t see this as being a huge movie but I could be very wrong.

  12. eliza says:

    I would consider not being in that idiotic movie adaptation of the worst series of books out there, dodging a huge bullet but that’s just me.

  13. Dani2 says:

    For me, doesn’t matter where he pulled out it whether he was fired, his career will be better off in the long run.

    • Dani says:

      This. The book is trash and as gorgeous as Jamie is, it’s not gonna help his career at all.

  14. Abbott says:

    One minute his inner goddess is doing the meringue with salsa moves around a chaise lounge, while the deepest, darkest part of him clenches in the most delicious fashion. The next, his subconscious looks at him skeptically over his moon-shaped glasses.

    Maybe because of all the hype, he felt he was losing all sense of self, every atom of his being concentrating hard on that small, potent powerhouse at the apex of his — wait, what?

    My guess? He didn’t want to be EL James’ panty pudding. Oh my.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Ahahahahaaaa! That was excellent. And I threw the book out after 100 pages. I just couldn’t. But that was spot on.

      I think he was overwhelmed by the sudden attention and panicked. Also, he most likely overestimated the “artistic freedom” he’d be given. This movie is being made for a very particular audience and you cannot stray that far from the book if you don’t want it to be hated with passion. There’s no message, there’s barely any plot. The characters are not very well-developed at all and that’s a) due to the author’s craptastic writing and b) necessary so every reader can make of them what they want.

      He can’t run around “developing the character”. He was supposed to get naked and say his spermy lines. Done.

      • Abbott says:

        Don’t forget the thrusting practice.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I’m pretty sure he could’ve gone method on that one.

        I won’t lie, I would have loved to see him take it off on the big screen, I would have even sat through a movie that is very likely going to be the most resplendent adaption of a grand piece of literature there ever was. But for his sake, I’m so happy they parted ways.

      • Isadora says:

        @littlemissnaughty: Had the same feelings when there were the Matt Bomer rumors back then. I’m so glad I can continue to watch White Collar. It’s a nice enough series, but a masterpiece compared to FSOG.

    • Lee says:

      Hahahaha, love it (though I’m cringing at the memories of that craptacular travesty to literature). I didn’t make it to the end of the first book.

    • Isadora says:

      Abbott, you nailed it!

  15. neelyo says:

    Very gracious of him but I wonder if inside he knows he dodged a bullet.

  16. lucy2 says:

    I still think he was smart to quit. I’m not buying the “scheduling” thing though, wouldn’t SOA’s schedule be pretty set year to year, and the movie producers have known that ahead of time?

  17. Kate2 says:

    Yeah, don’t know much about him but I think whatever happened, he should count his blessings. Never read that book, never will. Looks like fodder for bored lonely housewives to flick the bean.

  18. Intro Outro says:

    Can’t make up my mind on whether I like him more for his graciousness – or less for the possibility that he might be honest :D

  19. 'P'enny says:

    I am so glad he hasn’t done it. I am fond of Charlie ever since his brave performance in Queer as Folk. I think they may have wanted him because he is quite daring on that front.

    He is an okay actor and a really sweet bloke. I can’t wait for Crimson Peak. He’s my new crush…

    • Intro Outro says:

      I think I can hear Tommy crying into scraps of his Bora Bora dinner :D

      You’ll still let him hump your leg on week-ends though, won’t you? *pats his head*

      • 'P'enny says:

        He can hump my leg anytime ;-) I still love him really.

        @intro Anyone know why they shut the last hiddles thread down? it wasn’t that big and there are older threads still open?

      • Intro Outro says:

        Spam filter? Too many people trying to post at once so the thread got blocked?

      • 'P'enny says:

        I wish they open back up, there is a lot of gossiping and bitching to be done!

      • Intro Outro says:

        None of his threads are open. The way the last one got locked down was painful! :D

        Maybe his latest gossip will get a separate thread though?

      • 'P'enny says:

        ~May have to wait till June 15th, for the fashion show. Dates in the diary.

        sorry Charlie fans, I really don’t mean to hiddle-bomb. I’m just frustrated :-) need the goss.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Hey, someone asked why it was closed. Eh, here is to the 15th where we can all over analyze! ;)

        (I still think it was a misunderstanding)

        Back to Charlie….

      • Intro Outro says:

        @M.A.F.:

        Sorry? What misunderstanding? I’ve been reading lots of threads on CB and none of Hiddles threads are anywhere as vicious as Kardashian threads for example. Why would then those GF-gossip-related threads get closed? o_O And where can we indulge in the over-analysis? :P

      • Kate2 says:

        @Intro -
        Not to speak for MAF and I could be wrong but I think (s)he means that the misunderstanding was the “wife” label on JA. An opinion I agree with.

        Back to Charlie though, for real…

      • Intro Outro says:

        Oh I see!

        And yup. I’ve still got to finish watching Pacific Rim. As a childhood fan of Japanese mecha though, I have to say that those Jaegers are perfect. Transformers are nervously smoking in a corner. I honestly think PR is deeper than it seems to be at first sight.

      • M.A.F. says:

        @Kate2-yes that is what I meant. And I’m a she. ;)

        @Intro- go through the last Hiddle’s thread. I think that might be the first time I ever wrote more than a paragraph on any on these topics! Ha.

        As for Chrlarlie- it was mentioned he was on Queer as Folk. I’m assuming that was the British version, yes?

      • Isadora says:

        I thought the last thread was shut down because it could get out of hand given the latest “news”? Some things on twitter/tumblr certainly got out of hand. (Yeah, I have been totally enjoying it with popcorn and all. 8-) )

        I somehow think there won’t be any “revelations” on the 15th, just business as usual. *shrugs* I would happily trade gossip revelations for some new stuff on “High-Rise” anyway – I can’t wait for them to finally start filming. I’m so curious about the style and everything. *jittery*

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I could be very wrong, and this is really just a guess, but I think the last two threads were shut down because they turned to extremely intense speculation about the doings of an individual who is not a celebrity/public person. As for news, there really isn’t any. A random picture on some restaurant employee’s Facebook page is not news. I must admit though that some of the reactions I saw were hilarious.

        On both of those threads, I was engaged in delightful conversations about completely unrelated topics. I was really enjoying our Boston theater discussion. Sorry, Kate2, that you got sold out of The Tempest.

        Now, back to Charlie. I had mixed feelings about Pacific Rim and I must confess, I was really focused on Idris Elba. I haven’t seen much else of Charlie’s but people whose opinions I trust love him in SOA. He seems like a good bloke and I am really looking forward to seeing Crimson Peak. It seems that everyone on that set truly liked and enjoyed one another and what they were doing and the costumes look fabulous. Can’t wait to see it. Also can’t wait to see GDT’s Book of Life. Saw the trailer this weekend and it looks wild, crazy, and magnificently beautiful.

      • Intro Outro says:

        @Lilacflowers and @Isadora:

        Re: thread closing: I’m thinking now that either way it was probably for the better. Some people indeed got a bit carried away imo – much more so than the Tumblr crowd by the way, the majority of reactions there were actually quite positive. However, to be fair I think that gossiping is gossiping – doesn’t really matter if its object is a celebrity or a non-celebrity. But yes, there still are some reasonable lines that should not be crossed.

        Re: Book of Dead: I thought GDT only produced it? Anyway I really loved the trailer and will definitely watch it when it hits theatres in my corner of the world.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Intro Outro, legally, in some countries, it matters quite a bit if the person is a public (a celebrity) or private figure. Agreed that closing it was for the better based on what I read when I got home that night.

      • Intro Outro says:

        I see, I never knew that. Thanks for info!

      • jammypants says:

        GDT is only producing Book of the Dead. He did, however, direct a few episodes for The Strain.

    • My Mister had a couple days on set with Crimson Peak…it’s going to be epic from the bits he was able to tell me about. The sets were gorgeous.

    • 'p'enny says:

      @M.A.F

      yep , English version. Russell T Davies finest production before Dr Who. Well worth seeing, mind you it was 90′s so i am not sure how it stood the test of time. But, i remember it well. And, it’s on 4onDemand for free, still, after all this time, for UK peeps.

      oops went under wrong comments sub-box… this website needs to improve its comments section. LOL.

  20. grabbyhands says:

    I’m willing to bet a million dollars that he was not in fact, heartbroken. I’m pretty sure that he will look back at it as one of the wisest decisions he ever made about his career. Jamie Dornan may be getting press for this at the moment (which is sad that people know about this trash and not his role in The Fall, which actually proves that he can act), but most people still regard this as a huge joke.

  21. ray says:

    He would have been a better choice as he has some ounce of karisma which the current actor lacks utterly.

    About his leaving the project.. i think he had thought about more uncensored role because he likes that sort of thin and then director said no not that much nudity so he pulled out.

    • Kaylen says:

      Jamie moves like a cat on film.. karisma? Maybe not. Predator? Jamie has that down, without being a bulky muscle dude. And that’s what they were looking for. I think Charlie was booted.

    • 'P'enny says:

      Jamie is good! loved him in the BBC drama the Fall. Got evil predator, very much so.

      • Tig says:

        Thanks for this- I never saw CH as CG- he looks like an offensive lineman. And yes, I tried to watch Abandon, and no, didn’t think he was hot. I am sure his career will be fine.

        Jamie D, on the other hand, can portray a degree of intense “grace”, for lack of a better word, that should work pretty well for FSOG.
        He has experience with paps and fans, so he should do fine with PR. By 2015, folks will have moved on anyhow, if the haven’t already.

  22. Dawn says:

    I didn’t read the books but from what I heard they were so badly written that it was hard to get through them. I thought at the time and I still do that he is just too good for such trash. I won’t be going to the movie either when it opens. This is the last season of SOA so it will be interesting to see where Charlie’s career goes from here. I am so used to seeing him as Jax that when he speaks as Charlie I get thrown for a loop! But I wish him the best whatever may happen.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I’ve read exerts from the books and wow. The editing alone was killing my brain. The reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel were more entertaining and better written than what I saw from the books.

      • pam says:

        The reviews on Goodreads are just as hilarious. Katrina’s review is epic and a must-read. I don’t know if an editor worked on this, or whether or not said editor is prone to bouts of unconsciousness, but the books are dreadful. I like CH and I’m glad he changed his mind.

  23. Adrien says:

    We’ll he does not look like he’s heartbroken, he looks relieved.

  24. CdnDutchGirl says:

    Just a note on why he has been quiet the last few months. He was in my town filming Crimson Peak until a few weeks ago. Although there was some local press, it wasn’t much. Everyone that met him said he was super nice, making a point to sign autographs and pose for pics. I’m so angry I didn’t take a day off work to go watch some of the filming and meet him…(even my fiancé is okay with my crush on him. Lol) So yes, he apparently is really as great as he seems, our fantasies can remain intact. :)

    • 'P'enny says:

      according to the twitter gossip he was really nice, but got spooked a bit when he got mobbed by some ‘older ladies’ LOL and he was in the town having dinner and got hassled by fans so he decided he wasn’t going to do the late night signing again. However, I take twitter gossip with a pinch of salt. Bless his cotton socks, he seems like he was a bit over whelmed by the fan-love and over enthusiasm. Not sure he had seen anything like it. Actually, I am not sure any film set had seen anything like it. LOL.

      • CdnDutchGirl says:

        You know I had heard that as well, but wasn’t sure if it was true either. I can see it happening though. I usually don’t hear much about the other movies filmed here, but this one was different. In any case, isn’t it sweet to know that he’s not in it for the fame and attention. (I think I may be reaching another level of being a fan now that I’m interpreting his behaviour…sigh…)

      • Isadora says:

        The crew said they never had 300 people waiting at the set for autographs etc. – so I guess it was a bit out of the usual. ;-)

        I hope it also means that the movie will do well regarding box office and stuff.

      • 'P'enny says:

        @Isadora

        I can imagine GDT, saying, ‘whose idea was it to start this craze of signing autos during 3.00am filming…”

        and Charlie pointing to hiddles and going…’it’s his bat-crazy Loki fanbase, he can’t resist hugging them…”
        “no it’s your SoA bat-crazy biker chick fan-base…I actually signed your naked torso pics for you!”
        “no,it’s Jim’s bat-crazy Supernatural fan-base…”
        And… no, “it’s Jessica’s soppy-adoring girly butterfly fanbase…”

        and Mia…”I don’t have a fan base. I’m going home.”

      • Intro Outro says:

        @’P'enny:

        :D :D

        Don’t think Mia has no fanbase at all though, I take it she’s generally a very reserved person who wouldn’t do crowd-signings even if her whole fanbase turned up at the set lol.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @’p'enny, Mia has a fanbase. At least in my boyfriend’s world she does.

      • 'P'enny says:

        @Into and Lilac

        I like Mia she is a nice person. I was being a bit sarcy cause she didn’t engage with the mad-fans. She’s the one with common sense. lol

        I loved her in OLLA, not so much in Jane Eyre. And, I want to see her in that Australia film.

      • jammypants says:

        I’d consider myself part of Mia’s fanbase. I just follow her career quietly by watching her films.

  25. Chris says:

    First World problems, Charlie.

  26. Miss M says:

    My lover!

  27. Reece says:

    February, hunh…that’s I need to know.

  28. M.A.F. says:

    All I know is that I finally saw Pacific Rim and wow. Not impressed. The movie over all was such a disappointment and all the actors were so wooden. I did like him in Green Street Hooligans (if you haven’t seen it, go watch it). I have yet to see Sons of Anarchy, that might be my summer binge watching. And he should not feel bad that him being in 50 Shades didn’t work out. No one is going to take this movie seriously. No one.

    • 'p'enny says:

      @M.A.F i watched five series of SoA in one go. i loved it. cant wait for s6. The whole cast is top. U cry and laugh with it.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I’m looking forward to watching Kathy Segal (think I spelled that right). I still see her as Peggy Bundy but I’ve seen other work she has done and she is so under rated as an actress. And so beautiful too.

      • 'p'enny says:

        she’s is one of the best things in the show, she is brilliant, top Queen. And i love the actor with the brilliant piercing blue eyes, Kim Coates.

    • Lori says:

      I just watched Pacific Rim too and was disappointed in it. But my Husband watched it in the theater when it first came out and actually liked it so much he went a second time with a different group of friends. Maybe its a big screen watch? Charlie did look really good in it, and Charlie Day was cute too.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        My experience with Pacific Rim has been that men really like it (your husband, my boyfriend, his best friend, my brother-in-law) and women are left wondering why anyone spent so much money to cross Godzilla with Transformers. And i saw it on a big screen in 3-d and again last week on my television. It definitely lost a lot in the transition, but I didn’t love it in the theater either. Although Idris Elba in 3-D is always nice.

    • Ice says:

      I loved Pacific Rim at the cinema but I think it was a bit too ‘alternative’ for the mainstream.

  29. d b says:

    He may have been fired – whatever the truth of the matter, I think Charlie’s well out of it. This production practically screams “crapfest.” As an editor I worked for once said, shrugging “from sh*t you get sh*t!” lol

  30. St says:

    Yes I believe that producers might have ask him to leave. Because they saw how fans were reacting. How Internet was furious. And really – Charlie was miscast. There is no way he could have pull it off.

  31. Kimberly says:

    I’ve never read any of the EL James’ books, but based on the comments I’ve seen from many book readers, when describing Christian Grey………Charlie MIGHT have been better for the role than Jamie.
    I know many was rooting for Ian Sommerholder or Matt Bomer for the role but oh well…….

    Charlie is just yummy, even with that scruffy beard. :)

    Anyhow, I think he made a great decision not to part of this mess of a movie. He’s just too good to be associated with it. IMO

  32. Amulla says:

    Hunnam would have been far, far better for the role.

    Also, the woman who portrays Alexandra just got into acting based on the fact she is Melanie Griffith’s daughter.

  33. Ronnie says:

    He would have made the movie. He’s a star waiting to happen.
    The current cast are so bleh In comparison. He had the charisma to carry the film!

  34. Ice says:

    Personally I don’t think he was fired. I think he’s being overly nice now because (1) he’s a real nice guy and (2) he feel guilty for dropping out during the backlash. When his name was announced it was as for the Rob Pattinson and Twilight casting announcement. Now he sounds like he semi-regrets it and wants to show his support for the film and cast and crew.

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