Charlie Hunnam Reveals Why He Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Charlie Hunnam has revealed his hectic schedule and anxiety issues led to him dumping the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation.

The Sons of Anarchy star signed up for the film version of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller last year, but had to walk away from the project two months later, citing a scheduling conflict.

Hunnam now tells it was a difficult decision to quit the project: “I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place if I didn’t want to do it. It was a really, really difficult time in my life.

“I started talking about this thing (film) and I just got so excited. I fell in love with the character (Christian Grey) and started seeing him and becoming intoxicated, which is the way I work. I find a character I love and I start thinking about it all the time.”

But playing Grey and zipping between commitments for Sons on Anarchy and new movie Crimson Peak just proved too much for the Brit.

He explains, “I was going to finish Sons at, like, 11pm Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning. And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting Crimson Peak in Toronto. I just had, like… something of a nervous breakdown.

“I just said, ‘I can’t (do this)’… Because Fifty‘s going to be massive, it’s going to be huge – I really didn’t want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy character) to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it.”

Hunnam was replaced by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan.

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