Charlie Hunnam: The Real Reason He Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Role, According to Screenwriter

By Marie delos Santos | 1 year ago
Charlie Hunnam: The Real Reason He Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Role, According to Screenwriter

Charlie Hunnam was best known for his bad boy biker role in the FX series, “Sons of Anarchy.” The 35-year-old actor was initially cast as the brooding CEO Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation but had to turn the role down, citing conflicting schedules as his reason. Now, the screenwriter for the movie has spoken up and revealed the reason for Hunnam’s exit from the movie. Read on to learn more about this scoop.

Hunnam may seem to have it all with his good looks, great body and successful career. Hunnam marked his name in the industry following his successful performance in the FX series, “Sons of Anarchy.” Thanks to the success of the series, Hunnam immediately received countless offers to star in movies, including “Fifty Shades of Grey.”


The “Pacific Rim” actor was initially set to play the role of Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ series. According to Independent, Hunnam said that he suffered a “nervous breakdown,” which eventually led to him dropping out of the project.

While Hunnam’s exit from the movie was left with more speculations from fans, citing the online petition to remove him from the movie as one of the reasons, screenwriter Kelly Marcel offered a different explanation to the issue.

According to Inquisitr, Marcel recounted via a podcast that she and E.L. James initially had a smooth working relationship. It was until she handed over the first draft. James allegedly rejected her draft because it veered far from how the story was told in her book series.

Marcel said that she had to re-write the screenplay because James had full control of the movie. The screenwriter explained that this was one of the reasons Hunnam chose to exit “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“He said he was so sad to leave the project because he had really, really bonded with Sam [Taylor-Johnson], and really liked Sam a lot,” Marcel said.

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