Charlie Hunnam is still talking about his decision to drop out of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie at the last minute. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ went on to gross half a billion dollars, but Charlie’s got other projects lined up. Yet he admits that decision still “haunts him.”
Charlie had this to say about the decision to drop out:
It was the worst professional experience of my life. It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.”
Yet he denied that it had anything to do with getting “cold feet” about the sexually explicit scenes. Charlie said he’d already committed to staring in ‘Crimson Peak,’ which was directed by his buddy Guillermo del Toro.
I’d given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do this film. People were saying, ‘Are you crazy? Guillermo still has got four months to recast, it’s the fourth lead, you can go and do this [instead].’ I said, ‘I can’t. He’s my friend.’
“I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word. It means a lot to me, truly.
“I was going to finish Sons … fly to Vancouver the next day, have ten days of rehearsal, and then start shooting. Then I was going to have three days after that and I’d have to start shooting Crimson Peak and then I’d have two days to travel and go back into season 7 of Sons.”
Hmmm… So Charlie prides himself on being a man of his word but didn’t feel badly about breaking it with the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ people, who had to scramble to recast the part less than a month before shooting? It definitely sounds like a busy filming schedule, but nothing changed about the schedule from before he committed: he knew what the schedule would be before he accepted the role in ‘FSOG.’
Well, whatever happened, I suspect it all turned out for the best. Jamie Dornan was great as Christian Grey, and Charlie’s got several movies coming out. And we’ve all experienced the dilemma of over-committing ourselves, right?
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