David Gandy claims he was offered ’50 Shades’ & he turned it down


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.

[From The Daily Mail]

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.

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  1. He’s pretty and all, but he looks rather worn for someone his age. Does he like to drink his alcohol through a straw or something? I remember him giving an interview a while back, and he seemed very dedicated to his routine.

  2. Brin says:

    Fifty shades of Gandy….yum!

  3. mia girl says:

    I get the impression that he’s not all that bright.

  4. Ginger says:

    Oh Kaiser, you are in good company :) He’s a popular “hot guy” for me too. I didn’t know his age prior to this post so I’m surprised he’s 34. He does look older than that. Too much sun? Not that it matters, he’s gorgeous. I really can’t picture him acting AT ALL. But he’s pretty so I’d definitely stare at him on a bigger screen than my laptop!

  5. Tig says:

    That pic with him and the phone- he looks late 40s! Vaguely recognize him from print ads. Watched Today for Jamie D- he is so gorgeous, and loved the interview.

  6. Kitten says:

    Ugh. This guy.

    Gorgeous eyes and nice abs is about all he has to offer.
    So douchetastic and how pompous to act like he’s too good for 50 Shades. LOL.

    Sorry, Kaiser, I know why you like him but no matter how hot he is, that personality is just UGLY.

    • Jegede says:

      The personality is ugly as dirt and he ain’t that special IMO.

      He looks like one of the cast members of a Brit soap we have called Eastenders.
      And for all his self-love he’s a haggard looking 34 year old.

  7. LK says:

    That last photo though- he looks absolutely bonkers.

    • ella says:

      Right? At first I thought he was transitioning into a werewolf right before our eyes. Then I realized that he looks like Ethan Hawke with better teeth.

  8. Hautie says:

    If Gandy weighed 25 pounds more… he would not look so old.

    This is what happens to pretty, when you have to starve. It ages the hell out of your face. He had to choose his ass over his face, for work. Which is catching up to him.

    I have not cared one iota about the whole 50 Grey thing.

    But had Gandy been the guy in the movie… I would have found interest.

    • Melanie says:

      LOL Gandy, I would have been right behind you in line. I barely even know what the book is about, but I’d show up for him.

  9. Josefa says:

    I think he’s lying or exaggerating too. Why would they approach him before Jaime, who is also a model, younger, and has more acting experience?

    And I had no idea he’s just 34. He looks a whole decade older than that. Not sure if it matters, though. He’s still hilariously handsome.

  10. scout says:

    Now you are talking. Gandy should have been the older, rich, mean and sexy Grey, all 50 shades of him would have shown better and the girl should have been someone else too, bad casting.

  11. Dani says:

    I could see him as Grey more than Jamie Dornan (and I loooove Jamie Dornan).

  12. OriginalTessa says:

    #davidgandymisremembers his own age. He looks 44.

    • EC says:

      Exactly. I mean he is smokin’ hot, but he has knocked some years off, jay-z-style. it’s the tiniest bit comforting to know that men feel pressure to do it as well.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yeah, that’s not 34 year old skin.

  13. Tiffany says:

    When I having a bad day I go to babies and animals ( the video of the twins in France getting a bath and still hanging on to each other, just washes the bad vibes away), but I have never had a sexy guy. I really need to look into that. Where do I start, vintage, current, too many options. Damn you internet!!!! Damn you!!!!

    • Kitten says:

      Kittens, puppies, and cat videos are where I go.
      Actually, any baby animal photos/videos.

      Oh, and weed. Weed helps tremendously when I’ve had a bad day.

      • Tiffany says:

        Have a job with random drug testing, Kitten. Those days are gone.

        Also, just read about John Legend in the featured links. I think I found my bad day sexy guuuuuyyyyyy!!!!!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I love the videos where puppies and kittens are just meeting each other or a big dog lets a kitten sit on his head or they curl up together. It restores my faith in something. And for a bad day, a glass of wine and a grilled cheese sandwich. Pretty much fixes anything.

    • AnkitaH says:

      You start by typing “david gandy dolce and gabbana advert” in google ;)

  14. Mia4S says:

    Eh, I could see him getting an offer. After every young actor of note turned it down, Charlie Hunnam freaked out and ran, and then Dornan was not a sure thing to sign on? I could see the idea being floated. It’s a role for a guy who will show his butt and pretend to screw well; great actor not required

  15. Dante says:

    He’s 34? In my neck of the woods, we would say he’s been rode hard and put away wet.

  16. Felice says:

    When this film goes down the john, I’m sure every single actor that was seriously considered for Ana or Christian will just punch the air. Charlie Hunnam will probably do better in LCOZ than he ever would’ve with this.

  17. FingerBinger says:

    David Gandy is such a great actor he doesn’t have to audition ,he just gets offered parts. Good for him.

  18. amanda says:

    Whoa he looks much older than 34. Lying about his age perhaps?

  19. dref22 says:

    I’d say he was 43-44. Weird.

  20. Katie says:

    Looks like Dave’s been neglecting his sunscreen. No way is this man 34. He easily looks 10 years older.

  21. AnkitaH says:

    He may look old,, he may be lying.. But i just cant help but imagine seeing that body on the big screen being all sexy and smouldering.. he cat act, i dont care!! It’s not like 50 shades of grey is gonna be an oscar contender anyway! Sigh,.. Gandy ,, u shud have been in the movie.. all sexy and shirtless :D