Back in July, Charlie Hunnam broke his silence about leaving the successful Fifty Shades of Grey film. It sounds like Hunnam, who has a promising film career thanks to his American breakout in Sons of Anarchy, still can’t get over walking away from a project that might have made him a household name.
Hunnam spoke to V Magazine about the moment he decided to walk away from the film. At the time, many speculated that Hunnam signed on the dotted line, and then had second thoughts, but seeing as Hunnam is still heartbroken about it, odds are that isn’t true.
“Oh, it was the worst professional experience of my life. It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.”
Hunnam detailed having to break the news to director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and said they both cried over the fact that Charlie was no longer going to be a part of Universal’s hopeful tent-pole project.
“I called her and we both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes. I needed to tell her that this was not going to work. I was going to finish Sons, shoot the whole sequence where Tara was brutally murdered, fly to Vancouver the next day, have 10 days of rehearsal, and then start shooting. Then I was going to have three days after that and I’d have to start shooting Crimson Peak and then I’d have two days to travel and go back into season seven of Sons.”
Are you dizzy yet? If Hunnam’s exhaustive workload isn’t enough, the actor pointed out that he also had personal issues to deal with. ” There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak. I just got myself so f–king overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn’t know what to do.”
Back in July, Hunnam spoke to Entertainment Weekly of the heartbreaking decision. “It was very, very painful for me, that whole process, just very unpleasant. I felt like I let myself down. I let those people down on Fifty Shades that I’d grown to really love and respect. It’s just a really unpleasant period of time for me.”
Hunnam was ultimately replaced by actor Jamie Dornan who went on to play the role of Christian Grey to Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele.
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