Monday, April 22, 2024

50 Shades of Weird: Charlie Hunnam Exit from Movie is Shrouded in Mystery


And so it was announced that Charlie Hunnam dropped out of playing Christian Grey in “50 Shades of Grey.” No adequate explanation. But did you know that Hunnam and director Sam Taylor Wood Johnson share the same manager? And that Cynthia Pett-Dante of Brillstein Management also manages Sam Taylor Wood Johnson’s very very young husband, actor Aaron Johnson?

Also Hunnam, it was announced in July, was going to be in “Triple Nine” with Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz. The John Hillcoat thriller was supposed to start shooting before the end of the year. But then Hunnam got “50 Shades” and was, according to my sources trying to exit that film. Or he actually did leave it for “50 Shades.”

All of this is very mysterious indeed. “Sons of Anarchy” finishes shooting next month. “Grey” was set to start right after that. It’s not exactly Shakespeare. Hunnam could easily have gone from one to the other. Was he really spooked by fans demanding someone else as Grey? And now can he go back to “Triple Nine”? And who will get handcuffed to “50 Shades of Grey” next?

If I were Jackie Collins, I’d be writing the book about this right now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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