The star of King Arthur and Sons of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam, is parting ways from Fifty Shades of Grey. He recently sat down with V Magazine to share exactly why he chose to leave the role.
“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,” the 35-year-old actor told V. “It was heartbreaking.”
“The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece,” Hunnam said.
There has been tons of speculation that the actor decided to leave the film because of the explicit script, but he immediately shot that one down, stating, “I was 18 I was getting f***ed in the a**, completely naked on national TV, you know?”
Hunnam previously starred on Showtime’s television show, Queer as Folk, involving very explicit sex scenes—as one can expect from Showtime.
Yeah, so the content of Fifty Shades can’t possibly be why he quit.
Good point, Charlie!
So if it wasn’t the raunchiness, then why did he leave?
He explained to V Magazine that he struggled in making this decision, having to personally call the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson.
“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,” Hunnam explained. “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. 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***ing overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn’t know what to do.”