It’s no secret that a lot of fans are not very into the idea of Charlie Hunnam playing Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey Movie. Between the message board venting, the public petitions, and all the rumors about his removal, that has been made abudently clear over the past month. However, what went unknown up until last week is the fact that Hunnam himself wasn’t really into the idea until he spoke about it with his ‘Sons of Anarchy’ boss, Kurt Sutter.
In an interview Vulture, Sutter noted that his SOA star really wrestled with whether or not he wanted to commit to a role like the one he’ll play in Fifty Shades.
"There's a lot of predetermined expectations,” Sutter said. “At the end of the day, and my advice to him was, 'Look at the material. Don't look at the history. Don't look at where it potentially could be going. Look at the material and look at the people you're working with. If it makes sense, then move forward.’”
Apparently it made sense.
"I think that's what he did. It was a very thoughtful process, I think based on all the right decisions. It was not about notoriety. It was not about money. So I think it's cool, man."
Despite all the noise surrounding him being replaced by a fan favorite like Matt Bomer, EL James made it clear last week that Hunnam is here to stay. He and Dakota Johnson may not be the fans’ first choice for Christian and Anastasia, but it’s what they’re getting either way
While Hunnam’s doubts may not ease anyone’s concerns about his fit for the character, they should at the very least show all the critics that he didn’t just jump into this role without really thinking it through. He understands the pressure, realizes that the scrutiny he’ll face is going to be immense, and he’s still down to commit to the project anyway.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released in 2014.