Actor Charlie Hunnam has revealed his hectic schedule and anxiety issues led to him dumping the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie adaptation. The Sons of Anarchy star signed up for the film version of E.L. James' erotic bestseller last year (13), but had to walk away from the project two months later, citing a scheduling conflict.
Hunnam now tells MovieFone.com it was a difficult decision to quit the project: "I wouldn't have signed up in the first place if I didn't want to do it. It was a really, really difficult time in my life.
"I started talking about this thing (film) and I just got so excited. I fell in love with the character (Christian Grey) and started seeing him and becoming intoxicated, which is the way I work. I find a character I love and I start thinking about it all the time."
But playing Grey and zipping between commitments for Sons on Anarchy and new movie Crimson Peak just proved too much for the Brit.
He explains, "I was going to finish Sons at, like, 11pm Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning. And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting Crimson Peak in Toronto. I just had, like... something of a nervous breakdown.
"I just said, 'I can't (do this)'... Because Fifty's going to be massive, it's going to be huge - I really didn't want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn't transition from Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy character) to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it."
Hunnam was replaced by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan.
Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan has advised the world's leading showbiz stars to quit using social media to stop a repeat of the nude pictures leak scandal. Dornan, who plays bondage-loving businessman Christian Grey in the upcoming movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, was disgusted after hackers stole nude photos of 100 famous women including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton.
It has sparked outrage in Hollywood amid a probe by agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and prompted calls for legal action against the hackers, but Dornan is adamant cyber-crime is impossible to guard against.
He is now urging all famous women to avoid using online storage devices to hold their private photographs.
Speaking at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday (02Sep14), Dornan says, "What can you do? It's sort of disgusting. I don't know how they are going to keep control over it but there seems to be so many different ways that your information can be accessed. I think the thing to do is step away from social media if you can."
Other stars at the event also sent their sympathy to those caught up in the furore, with pop star Jessie J saying, "I think it's really awful and I think that nobody deserves to have their privacy tampered with. I think everyone deserves their sanity, and sanity is privacy. You need something for yourself, so I hope that it's sorted and it doesn't happen again."
Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, whose former co-star Jessica Brown Findlay was among those affected by the leak, says, "It's pretty despicable behaviour really and I think the practice of human online behaviour has to evolve. I think people are behaving in a way online that they never would in real life and it's creating a warped new reality. It's very, very frightening."
Actor Douglas Booth, who was recently rumoured to be dating Miley Cyrus, adds, "I think it should be treated the same way as sexual assault. I think it should be treated criminally and I hope that the person goes to prison for a very long time."
Actor Jamie Dornan is set to star in a movie adaptation of author Liz Jensen's bestselling psychological thriller The 9Th Life Of Louis Drax. French filmmaker Alexandre Aja will direct the project, about a boy who suffers a near-death experience on his ninth birthday. The Northern Irish star will portray the kid's doctor, who attempts to investigate the strange circumstances surrounding the accident. It's not the only book-to-film adaptation Dornan is involved in - he's also portraying Christian Grey in the upcoming erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey.
Actor Jamie Dornan has landed his first post-Fifty Shades Of Grey role - he has been cast as Commandant Pat Quinlan in a film about a fabled battle between Irish troops and Congolese fighters in 1961. The Siege of Jadotville will centre on the military operation, in which Quinlan led a United Nations battalion consisting of 150 Irish soldiers against an army led by warlord Moise Tshombe, who had killed the Congo's Prime Minister Patrice Lamumba and 3,000 local troops and French and Belgian mercenaries.
Music video and commercial director Richie Smyth will take charge of the project, which is slated to begin filming next year (15) in Ireland and South Africa.
A statement from Dornan reads: "I can't wait to get stuck into Jadotville. It's an unbelievable story and Commandant Pat Quinlan is going to be a treat of a character to tackle.
"I'm a big fan of both Richie Smyth and (producer) Alan Moloney and I'm very much looking forward to working with them both."
Dornan shot to fame last year (13) when he was picked to replace Charlie Hunnam as literary lothario Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' erotic bestseller.
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Anastasia Steele may be a timeless literary hero. She may be a beacon of female agency in the realm of modern sexuality. She may be a vessel for the release of personal frustrations for readers the world over. She may be any and all of these things. But a good interviewer she is not. At least that's what we've gleaned from the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey:
We're not claiming to have all the answers behind a seamless interview, but we do know a few basic rules. Rules that Dakota Johnson, as the spiritually lukewarm Miss Steele, so callously breaks in this first look at the film. Steele pays a visit to the nauseatingly sleek office building of one Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in order to conduct "an interview for the newspaper," as she so facelessly introduces. What's to follow is an onslaught of cardinal sins and groan-worthy slip-ups on the part of the would-be reporter.
Always look your subject in the eye.Nerves are understandable, but keep your nose out of your notebook. Steele's face barely reaches sea level.
Keep the discussion going.Any conversation is bound to hit a few lulls, but Steele allows for a pause so diabolically long and piercing that it's sure to kill any momentum in what otherwise might be an engaging back-and-forth.
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Don't make yourself the focus.While it's not a crime to inject a personal reflection here or there in the interest of forging an empathy and connection with your subject, Steele allows the chat to switch gears entirely and begins lamenting her own meaningless life. If you do insist on talking about yourself, keep it upbeat!
You probably shouldn't go and have sex with the person you interviewed.Although this one has its detractors.
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Singer Katy Perry has been sued for alleged copyright infringement.
Christian rapper Flame claims the Roar hitmaker damaged the message of his song Joyful Noise when she sampled it for her track Dark Horse without his permission.
The lawsuit reads, "By any measure, the devoutly religious message of Joyful Noise has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in Dark Horse. Indeed, the music video of Dark Horse generated widespread accusations of blasphemy and an online petition signed by more than 60,000 demanding removal of an offensive religious image from the video."
Flame, real name Marcus Grey, is seeking damages and wants Perry to stop using the music immediately.
There's nothing sexier than a hip young gent with a sweet ride, leather duds, a clean shave, and a silent glower that says, "I buy American." At least that's what the promotional team behind Fifty Shades of Grey seems to think... perhaps misunderstanding the title as '50s Shades of Grey, as they've stuck star Jamie Dornan in a still that's family friendly even by the standards of my grandmother who still insists that I shouldn't be listening to that awful Bill Haley.
The pic keeps in step with the confirmation that director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades will be R-rated, as opposed to the NC-17 that the book's material would more naturally call for, leaving us to expect as tame and tepid a movie about sadomasochism can conceivably be. If you have your doubts, take another look at the photo. It doesn't even seem like Dornan's Christian Grey is driving, rather sitting in park until the devil-may-care youths breaching the speed limit are safely beyond the horizon. Lousy kids.
Dornan and Dakota Johnson will take to the big screen with their mutual first step to film stardom next Valentine's Day, a date appropriately void of organic passion.
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Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale auditioned for the lead female role in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey film adaptation. She lost out to Dakota Johnson, who won the opportunity to play Anastasia Steele opposite Northern Irish actor Jaimie Dornan as Christian Grey.
Actor Charlie Hunnam was left "heartbroken" after he was forced to quit the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. The Sons of Anarchy star won the coveted role of Christian Grey last summer (13), but he exited the project months later, and now admits the decision was a difficult one.
He tells Life & Style magazine, "I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn't have taken it on in the first place.
"When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it's heartbreaking not to be able to play him... It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life."
Following Hunnam's departure, Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan was cast opposite Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the movie, which is due out next year (15).