Charlie Hunnam On ‘Fifty Shades’: ‘It Was A Hard Decision To Make’

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Charlie Hunnam’s near “nervous breakdown” led him to seek “radio silence” during the media storm surrounding his withdrawal from the production of Fifty Shades of Grey.

In this red carpet interview, he tells PopStopTV about the crucial decision he had to make when things started moving so quickly.

“I was already attached to do ‘Crimson Peak,’ which I just finished shooting with Guillermo [Del Toro] directing.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Sons of Anarchy star is going on record standing by those comments.

“It was a very difficult position that I put myself in, and that I put the studio in, because of course, those type of things are like red rag to a bull to a lot of bloggers and reviewers.”

As the interview continues, he says, “There was a whirlwind of speculation that went around it, and I just feel like I’m happy to do interviews to promote projects and to get the word out there and stuff, but I don’t feel as though I really owe anyone an explanation on the things I do. It’s very personal to me, and every decision I make comes from my heart.”

“There’s nothing ever monetarily or fame-seeking or any of the other motivations that sometimes go hand-in-hand with this profession. To me, it’s just not like that,” Hunnam laughs, adding, “I’m on a journey of self-discovery and trying to avoid total existential crisis. That’s the kind of operating zone that I’m approaching this business from. There’s nothing ever monetarily or fame-seeking or any of the other motivations that sometimes go hand-in-hand with this profession.”

“And so it was very painful, and it was very difficult,” he groused. “I was worried that the wrong perception would come out, which is what happened—it was all about that I got cold feet, or that I didn’t have faith in the movie, or that I didn’t like the script, and all this f–king bulls**t.”

Charlie continues, “Anybody that knows the process of actors with integrity going about choosing roles knew that all of those questions would have been answered in the very first meeting and that had any of that actually been the case, I would have not gotten myself in the situation in the first place.”

“So it was a little bit annoying and a little bit painful, and I really was just so sad for Sam [Taylor-Johnson], the director, because I absolutely adore her,” says the actor, “and I gave her my word and committed to going on this journey with her.”

Looking back on it, he recalls, “It’s been many years that I’ve been in this business. All of a sudden, I’m getting all of these wonderful people approaching me and asking me to work with them. It’s very hard to say no when you love and respect people.”

“I just kind of made a bit of a rookie mistake in that one in biting off more than I could chew,” says the star.

Bustle reports that the actor was quite distraught over the whole ordeal, and truly feels badly about abandoning what would have been his team for the film.