Fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey” were not the only ones who grieved when Charlie Hunnam announced in 2013 that he would not be playing Christian Grey.
It turned out the hunk actor took it hard as well.
Hunnam admitted that he was devastated and even cried after he backed out from the racy movie.
“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. It was heartbreaking,” Hunnam told V Man magazine.
In 2013, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was offered to Hunnam but he backed off due to scheduling conflicts and earlier commitment to do Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.”
At the time, there were also rumors that the “Sons of Anarchy” star backed out because he was uncomfortable with the explicit content of the movie. The Christian Grey role later went to Jamie Dorman and the film became a worldwide blockbuster hit when it hit theaters in February.
Hunnam explained to V Man, “I’d given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do this film. People were saying, ‘Are you crazy? Guillermo still has got four months to recast, it’s the fourth lead, you can go and do this [instead].’ I said, ‘I can’t. He’s my friend.'”
The actor also mentioned how he told director Sam Taylor-Johnson the bad news.
“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.”
In Entertainment Weekly cover back in July, Charlie also admitted that the decision of stepping out of Grey’s role was painful to him.
“It was very, very painful for me, that whole process, just very unpleasant. I felt like I let myself down. I let those people down on Fifty Shades that I’d grown to really love and respect. It’s just a really unpleasant period of time for me,” he told EW.
While Hunnam wouldn’t return as Christian Grey in the sequels, he will be seen in the upcoming movie “The Lost City of Z” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson.