Shocking both fans and the industry, Charlie Hunnam has quit Fifty Shades of Grey. Although the official statement from Universal claimed that Charlie’s reasons were dropping out had to do with his busy schedule, that’s just a front for the real reason. Sources close to Charlie have told the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline that Charlie quit because of the overwhelming amount of [mostly negative] attention he received from the fans.
Sources explain that Charlie got cold feet after feeling the pressure from the fans, and as we’ve seen from his career choices, he’s not someone who’s really seeking fame. He may have thought that signing on for Fifty Shades would afford him career security and financial security, and launch his career into the A-list, but then he probably realized what he was in for if he didn’t do well or if the film bombed.
A source even told E! News, “This isn’t a surprise because what he was taking on with this role was not what Charlie wants in his future career. The attention and the pressure was intense. More than anything he hates attention and being in Fifty Shades of Grey would force him to do lots of media. That’s really not his thing. Charlie doesn’t want to be massively famous. Plus, he hates conforming and being told what to do. This role would force him to have to be something he is not.”
Well, it’s always been obvious that Charlie is incredibly private, and I don’t think he realized what he was signing up for. And the whole thing about scheduling problems is a load of crap. They would have gone over that before he signed the contract, so it’s obviously a personal decision. Now, the question is – who will replace Charlie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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