Sometimes when I’m having a bad day, I look at sexy photos of English model David Gandy. It’s my crutch! I don’t even really need him to speak at all (not that I mind his voice, which is English-y with a charming lisp). But his body! His face! His eyes! His arms! God. I could stare at him for days. And I totally would watch him in sexy movie, especially if he was without clothes in most scenes. I know Gandy isn’t the most popular “Hot Guy” around here, but he does it for me and I think he would do it for a significant number of women. So it wouldn’t surprise me if Gandy had gotten a call to audition for Fifty Shades of Grey. But here’s something that would surprise me: if Fifty Shades producers wanted him for the part and he turned it down. That’s what Gandy has claimed in a new interview.
In an interview with Square Mile magazine, David Gandy says that while he respects the film, the role – now played by Jamie Dornan – wouldn’t have been right for him.
‘Critics and literary experts aren’t fans but I respect it for what it is. But was it right for me? No. It just didn’t feel right, in any way. And in my gut, it felt right to say no.’
The hugely successful model, who is currently the co-designer and face of a new M&S campaign, revealed that he has been offered, and subsequently refused, several lead roles in box office hits.
“I was offered Fifty Shades Of Grey, 300:2, Hercules, which a lot of people probably would have taken as actors but I’m in the fortunate position where I like what I’m doing. I don’t feel the need to act,’ he said.
As I said, I like his voice… but maybe not so much with the talking for this one, okay? I don’t believe him. I think he’s flat-out lying about being offered the Christian Grey role. Did he audition? Probably. The producers saw tons of actors and model-types and reportedly there were a lot of higher-profile guys who turned it down, like Robert Pattinson and Ryan Gosling. I also don’t believe Gandy got an offer because… well, he’s too old to play Christian Grey. Gandy is hot but he looks older than his age (he’s 34) and add to that the fact that Gandy really isn’t an actor and he’s never had a major film role before…? Yeah, Gandy is lying! #DavidGandyMisremembers
Photos courtesy of Joe Alvarez, WENN.