Could This Be Why Charlie Hunnam Bailed On Fifty Shades Of Grey?

Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy

When Fifty Shades of Grey was originally going into production Charlie Hunnam was on board to play the role of Christian Grey, then, however, he dropped out before filming could begin. Now we have an interesting bit of information which may explain part of why he ended up leaving the film. In a new interview, the King Arthur actor admits that he really doesn't like filming sex scenes and that he has a fear of germs.

I'm also a germophobe. I've been profoundly germophobic since I was a young child. I don't want to kiss anyone but my girlfriend for my whole life.

When Charlie Hunnam originally spoke about why had to drop out of Fifty Shades of Grey he said that the schedule he was going to have to keep in order to do the movie was just too strenuous, forcing him to drop the film. While we're not saying that this wasn't the ultimate reason that he dropped out, it would seem that being a germophobe could very well be the reason that he decided Fifty Shades was the part of the schedule he was going to give up on.

At the very least, one would have to assume that doing Fifty Shades of Grey was going to be some sort major challenge for Charlie Hunnam. He doesn't like doing sex scenes, primarily because he's in a relationship and he seems very committed to it, and he knows that can get awkward for his girlfriend. We'd have to assume that doing the scenes for F__ifty Shades were going to amp that awkwardness up to 11. Add in the fact Hunnam doesn't like germs and filming that movie was going to be a serious issue. Considering how close he would have to be with his co-star, with both of them not wearing much a lot of the time, the germs would be running rampant.

Not that we necessarily blame Charlie Hunnam. The story the actor tells Elle about why he's a germaphobe is fairly disturbing and it may turn me into a germaphobe just reading about it.

When I was maybe eight or nine, there was a parasite from dogs in the north of England that, if you ingested it, could turn you blind. We had a thing in schools to educate the kids about the importance of hygiene, specifically around dogs, because we had a few kids who went blind. That horrified me. The point is, everyone thinks it's great to be an actor and get to kiss a bunch of beautiful actresses in films, but I actually hate it.

That is just terrible, going blind as a kid after playing with a dog? No wonder young Charlie Hunnam grew up scared of germs. Now imagine kissing somebody you don't know all that well. Have then been near a dog that can make you blind recently? We don't know how big a part germs really played in Hunnam's decision to leave the film, but we're not going to hold it against him if it did.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

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