Charlie Hunnam put his droves of loyal fans on an emotional roller coaster when he accepted the starring role of Christian Grey and shortly after announced that he was pulling out of the project.
The sudden reversal perplex excited fans. Hunnam explains that he did it not only in his own best interest but that he was thinking what was best for the project.
His change of heart centers around his then busy schedule.
This is what he told Men’s Health Magazine in an interview:
“I was going to finish playing a psychopath who’d just lost his wife [in “Sons of Anarchy”], and five days later I’d be on set playing Christian Grey,” he said. “I was like, ‘This is going to be a … disaster.’ It was the opposite of how I’ve tried to ground my career, not stretch myself too thin, and always do my homework.”
Things got further complicated when Sons of Anarchy added an extra episode and then his current commitment to the movie Crimson Peak got in the way of the schedule. The bottom line was that he wanted to dedicate himself to one film and do his best instead of doing a mediocre job in two films.
I feel that Charlie turned down the biggest role of his life and that being in 50 Shades of Grey would have been a turning point in his career. But trying to do three things at once was a gamble. If he did bomb in the role it could have been a career ending move for him. So, I see this as Charlie Hunnam playing it safe and trusting his gut that he was not going to get the desired outcome from playing Christian Grey.