How ever will all of the fans of terrible fan-fiction-turned-actual-literature go on? I know, I know. It’s a devastating turn of events, and I shouldn’t make fun of something so sacred to so many moms and college-aged girls who aren’t regular readers. But Charlie Hunnam has officially backed out of playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. He took his whip, chains, and boner and peaced out before it could even get started. But the real question is, where will all of the Facebook memes go?
I kid, I kid. This is legitimately kind of surprising, since Fifty Shades will undoubtedly set record box office numbers. But I can understand why an actor who would like to be taken seriously may not think playing Christian Grey is great for his career. Despite saying the complete opposite of that not so long ago, Charlie Hunnam and his people gave a pretty lame-ass statement about it:
“The filmmakers of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
To be fair, Charlie has starred on FX’s Sons of Anarchy for several seasons now, and it’s definitely the kind of show that has to have a rigorous filming schedule. But that’s also something he knew going into this whole thing, so methinks this is more of a personal and/or creative decision. I was kind of hoping the screenplay for the movie would be much darker than the book, and actually written well… I hope I’m not wrong. Though the book was actually an insult to my eyes and brain, I am totally seeing the movie. I have to.
So the search for Christian Grey is back on, and hopefully all of the psycho fans who formed a petition against the casting choices will have something to look forward to.