Matt Bomer may not have scored the lead role in the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, but the actor is still grateful for the enormous fan outpouring to try to help him land the part.
This week the film’s producers announced that Charlie Humman would play the role of Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the novel. The announcement wasn’t exactly met with enthusiasm from fans, as Humman wasn’t on the radar for many of them.
In fact, fans had launched a petition on Change.org urging producers to dump Humman and pick Matt Bomer to play kinky billionaire Christian Grey. The petition also called for Alexis Bledel to play the role of Anastasia Steele, which went to Dakota Johnson.
Self-professed “superfan” Barbra Peace put together the petition, saying Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson are not the best ones for the movie.
“All readers believe matt is christian,” Barbra wrote. “It would be a dream to see him in the movie.”
Peace wasn’t the only one upset with Bomer’s snub. Fans on Twitter spoke out against the Fifty Shades of Grey casting, with many of them vowing to boycott the movie after Humman was picked for the main role. They even came up with their own hashtag: #NoBomerNoMovie.
Bomer said he was touched by the fans’ support.
“I’m so grateful for the fans and touched,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota.”
Bomer said fans will still get a chance to see a bit of Christian Grey shine through his character on the hit show White Collar.
“We’re definitely embracing more of a bad boy version of Neal this year,” Bomer said.
Despite the fan outcry, it seems that, if Matt Bomer wants to be a part of Fifty Shades of Grey, he’ll just have to buy a ticket on opening night.