Was Charlie Hunnam Forced Out Of 50 Shades Of Grey?

Hollywood is one giant spin machine. Over the last one hundred years or so, the studios have gotten remarkably good at covering up drama and altering reality in order for a situation to seem less like a scandal to the general public. Luckily, with a little bit of common sense and an eye toward reason, an observer can normally tell when something is a little fishy—like say, for example, Charlie Hunnam’s sudden exit from the 50 Shades Of Grey adaptation.

The official reason for the Sons Of Anarchy star’s removal from the project was his “immersive TV schedule” messing with his ability to prepare for the role, but not a damn thing about his schedule has changed since he first accepted the role about two months ago. So, either he reevaluated his options and decided this wasn’t a good call for him or the studio got a look at some rehearsals and/ or read the protests and decided to bail.

On the one hand, part of me thinks it may have been Hunnam’s decision to bolt. He’s been getting plenty of negative comments about his participation in the project from Sons Of Anarchy fans, and it’s very possible those jokes may have started bothering him. Then again, it’s also possible he started thinking about just how much nudity will likely be expected.

On the other hand, however, part of me is convinced the studio simply got cold feet and decided to change course. Hunnam isn’t exactly a super well known actor within the target demographic, and since Focus Features is obviously hoping to make a ton of money and produce multiple sequels, it’s very possible they’re the ones behind the alteration.

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Mack Rawden
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