Charlie Hunnam talks exiting Fifty Shades of Grey

The British actor, who gave up the role of Christian Grey earlier this month, has spoken for the first time since leaving the much-anticipated EL James adaptation

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Just a few weeks ago Charlie Hunnam was the centre of attention and social media was awash with chat as to whether he could live up to the fantasy that is Christian Grey…

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But since he quit the Fifty Shades of Grey film on 12 October, life has been a little quieter for the 33-year-old British actor. 

“I am doing good. I am just really concentrating on work,” said Hunnam, speaking for the first time since leaving the much-anticipated adaptation. “It’s been a really busy time.” 

“I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive,” he continued to E!

After Humman decided to leave the EL James adaptation, Universal Pictures cited his “immersive TV schedule” as the reason for his departure, saying it was “not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”

The actor, whose father passed away earlier this year, is currently filming the final season of Sons of Anarchy, before starting production on two other films. Speaking about the end of the long-running TV series, Hunnam said: “I just want to finish that strong and go on to a new chapter of life.”

The Fifty Shades of Grey film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and has been adapted for the screen by Kelly Marcel. Dakota Johnson has been cast as Anastasia Steele and is expected to stay on board, while the search continues for a new male lead. 

EL James’s erotic trilogy, which also includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, follows the saucy relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey and has sold more then 70 million copies worldwide. 

The film is expected to hit cinemas in summer 2014. 


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