Charlie Hunnam Was Not the Only ‘Fifty Shades’ Star Who Wanted to Quit

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Sons of Anarchy alum Charlie Hunnam made headlines in 2013 when he signed on to play the function of Christian Grey within the Fifty Shades trilogy. He made much more headlines a number of months later when he backed out of the function. But followers may not know that Hunnam wasn’t the one Fifty Shades star who needed to stop.

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Charlie Hunnam says quitting ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was a ‘traumatic experience’

Since strolling away from the main function in a billion-dollar franchise, Hunnam has opened up concerning the expertise. The actor says that in that point he had dedicated to too many tasks. His schedule was so jam-packed that it was beginning to have an effect on his psychological well being.

At the identical time Fifty Shades began capturing, Hunnam was wrapping up his remaining season of Sons of Anarchy. He had additionally dedicated to a task in his friend Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic romance Crimson Peak.

As Showbiz Cheat Sheet beforehand reported, Hunnam admitted he was so overwhelmed that he had a nervous breakdown.

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“I used to be going to complete [filming] Sons at like 11 p.m. Friday night time, get on the airplane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, lacking the entire first week of rehearsal and begin capturing Monday morning,” Hunnam recalled. “And I used to be going to shoot that movie, wrap that on Wednesday. And the next Monday I used to be going to start out capturing Crimson Peak in Toronto. I simply had like … frankly, one thing of a nervous breakdown.”

Hunnam realized he couldn’t do all of it and dropped out of Fifty Shades.  He says backing out of the half was a “traumatic experience.”

The ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star has by no means watched the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy

As followers know, Jamie Dornan ended up taking up the function. Hunnam says he’s by no means seen any of the movies within the trilogy as a result of he “doesn’t want to open that wound.” Not solely was quitting traumatic, however Hunnam additionally calls it the “worst professional experience” of his life.

The 40-year-old says the state of affairs was probably the most emotionally damaging and tough factor he’s ever needed to cope with professionally. He described his choice to stroll away from the function of Christian Grey as “heartbreaking.”

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Ultimately, Hunnam has no regrets about his choice. His largest worry was failing on “such a grand scale.” He knew he couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in only a matter of hours. However, it was painful to confess that to himself.

Hunnam says he beloved the Christian Grey character, and he actually needed to play the half. But it simply didn’t work out. Even although he hasn’t seen the movies, Hunnam is bound that Dornan did an “excellent job.” However, he is aware of that if he would’ve performed Christian Grey, the character would’ve been “totally different.”

Charlie Hunnam wasn’t the one ‘Fifty Shades’ star who needed to stop

After Fifty Shades of Grey grossed over $500 million on the field workplace, rumors began to swirl that Dornan wouldn’t return for the sequels. According to Closer, Dornan needed to stop the trilogy due to his spouse.

Reports claimed that Dornan’s spouse Amelia Warner was struggling to deal with all the consideration her husband was receiving from feminine followers.

“Jamie said the movie would skyrocket his career. He tried to assure Amelia nothing would change but women all over the world now lust after Jamie,” an insider claimed on the time. “She hasn’t seen the film and I don’t think she will to be honest.”

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The supply additionally claimed that Dornan needed to stop due to the unhealthy evaluations and his lack of chemistry with co-star Dakota Johnson. Around the identical time that rumors of Dornan quitting the franchise swirled, there have been additionally stories that director Sam Taylor-Johnson was quitting due to clashes with creator EL James. That rumor turned out to be true.

Jamie Dornan, nonetheless, went on to star within the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

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