Hunnam is now talking about the role he left behind, calling the decision to drop out of the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-seller “heartbreaking.”
“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,” he told Life & Style over the weekend. “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.”
The “Sons of Anarchy” star was set to play billionaire heartthrob Christian Grey, but dropped out of the pic last October. Universal, who is producing “50 Shades of Grey,” said the exit was due to scheduling conflicts with FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” and upcoming movie “Crimson Peak.”
Irish actor Jamie Dornan was tapped to take his place two weeks later. He will star alongside Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele. Despite his heartbreak, Hunnam is open to see Dornan’s portrayal of the character.
“If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there,” he said. “If not, I’ll go and buy some tickets on opening night.”
“50 Shades of Grey” is set to bow Feb. 13, 2015.