It looks like 50 Shades of Grey filmmakers are going to have to find another dude willing to beat a chick with his anal beads, because former lead Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the movie. How Hunnam could walk away from what promises to be Showgirls for a new generation is just so (not) shocking, but Ian Somerhalder is gleefully prancing around his home in his leather chaps waiting for his second chance phone call.
Realistically what probably happened is that Hunnam realized if he ever wants any sort of legitimate acting career after Sons of Anarchy eventually kills him off, that doing this movie would kill any chance of that. Dakota Johnson already knows that she has no shot at being a real actress, so she’s solidly holding on to her role. When Charlie Hunnam was announced as the lead for the film adaption of Abusive Relationship for Dummies, Twitter blew the fuck up thanks to a ton of angry housewives and post high school Twilight groupies. Everyone had their panties in a twist because Hunnam was just NOT Christian Grey!
Since their hearts were already broken that they couldn’t have their dream choice, the ever greasy looking glittery Robert Pattinson, there had been a short list created of acceptable second choices. This list included dark hair studs such as Solmerhalder and Matt Bomer. When buffed up blonde Hunnam was cast, bitches were ready to riot in the streets in protest. They wanted American Psycho to visually beat that pussy, not Thor.
Seems that maybe Hunnam got the message loud and clear and took the plethora of death threats and judgment to heart a bit. At first, he tried to defend the bat shit craziness by saying he knows how personal reading is to people, and he totally gets why panties are in a Sahara Desert twist. After over 87,000 assholes decided their time was better spent signing petitions on Change.org to get Christian Grey recast rather than useful causes like fighting human trafficking or feeding the homeless, there were rumors Hunnam was quitting this bitch. Since nothing happened, many assumed it was just a rumor.
But thankfully for Hunnam fans, it wasn’t. Of course, producers spewed out some typical “scheduling conflict” bullshit as the reason.
“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.”
Cause Hunnam wasn’t already a lead on SoA when he was cast or anything. It is totally believable that everyone had no idea it would be a ton of work to do both. Who knows, maybe practicing his “O” face or learning how to gracefully yank out a chick’s bloody tampon to bang her ended up being a lot more labor intensive than he originally thought. (Spoiler alert, yes that nasty shit is in the book.) Either way, Hunnam is out and now the role of sadistic Edward Cullen is open again for some sap to kill his career with.