In case you haven’t clicked on the 800 pulling out pun headlines this morning, Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey which I’m sure had nothing to do with the insane online shit-fest over his casting and everything to do with the fact that he was about to make a movie based on thinly-veiled Twilight fan fiction. Via HuffPost:
Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced Saturday that the actor who was to play Christian Grey will depart the project. The studio called it a mutual decision because Hunnam’s preparation time was limited by his television schedule. He stars in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”
It’s an abrupt and embarrassing switch for a high-profile film. Fans of E L James‘ erotic best-seller are eagerly awaiting the movie adaptation, which will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Dakota Johnson remains in the co-starring role of Anastasia Steele. A replacement will be sought for Hunnam, who last month said he initially turned down the role.
When asked what it felt to pull out of the project, Charlie responded, “Well, I was already in character, so I just pretended it was a tuft of pubic hair. Or a tampon, whatever. Honestly, I couldn’t finish this thing, and I’m on a show where my character beats porn stars and spits in their faces. You gotta have standards.”