“It was heartbreaking.” Hunnam was announced to play billionaire BDSM heartthrob Grey in 2013, and dropped out shortly after.Irish actor Jamie Dornan was tapped to take his place just a couple of weeks after.
Charlie Hunnam is finally giving the “heartbreaking” details on what happened behind-the-scenes when he dropped out of Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” maintaining that it wasn’t the film’s sexual content that caused him to bow out, but scheduling issues.
The “Sons of Anarchy” star opened up about the ordeal in a new interview with V Man, speaking out on the toll leaving Christian Grey took on him.
“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,” Hunnam told the magazine.
“I called her and we both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes,” he said.
“I needed to tell her that this was not going to work…There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak.It was deeply unpleasant and challenging emotionally,” he went on.“I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word.It means a lot to me, truly.” Hunnam said he just “didn’t know what to do” in the situation.Out of respect for “Fifty Shades” director Sam Taylor-Johnson, he called her personally to break the news.