Jon Cryer has someone perfect in mind to play Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation — Jon Cryer.
This week the Two and a Half Men star tweeted about the surprise exit of Charlie Hunnam, the original pick to play Christian Grey. He also jokingly suggested that he could be up for the role.
There are conflicting reports as to why Hunnam left the role. The studio released a statement implying that Hunnam’s shooting schedule for Sons of Anarchy came into conflict with the movie, and some insiders backed that sentiment.
“The role of Christian Grey requires a massive time commitment, a trilogy role in which Charlie and his team were originally very aware of from the start and a major consideration in his hesitancy for taking the role. Charlie is the lead in a massive TV series and his loyalty will always be to Sons of Anarchy, the SOA family, and fans.” the unidentified source adds.
But other sources say there were more factors at play.
“Charlie Hunnam was never going to do Fifty Shades Of Grey,” one source close to the production said. “He told his agents from the beginning he didn’t want to do it and was going to pull out.”
There have been a number of names thrown out as possible replacements, including fan-favorite Matt Bomer. Jon Cryer has not been included on the list.
Cryer likely wouldn’t need the work. On Tuesday the Forbes list of highest-paid television actors showed that he was No. 2, just behind his co-star Ashton Kutcher. Cryer’s earnings topped $21 million for the year.
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 12, 2013
Jon Cryer would likely be too busy anyway. He has re-upped his contract with Two and a Half Men, reportedly making more than $500,000 per episode.