Charlie Hunnam Was "Heartbroken" When He Dropped Out of 'Fifty Shades'
But, while it looked like the actor couldn't handle all of the pressure surrounding the film - fans were going in at first about the casting choices - that actually wasn't the case at all. What Charlie just revealed about his exit will tug at your heartstrings (we may or may not have teared up).
"It was the worst professional experience of my life," he told V Man magazine about his decision to leave the film. "It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I've ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking." No shade to Jamie Dornan - who later landed the role - but, we were a little heartbroken too...have you seen this man's body?!
When Charlie was offered the role in Fifty Shades though, he had already committed to a role in the film Crimson Peak, which his pal Guillermo del Toro was directing. Unfortunately, the film schedules conflicted and he didn't feel right about pulling out of Guillermo's film.
"I'd given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do this film," he explained. "People were saying, 'Are you crazy? Guillermo still has got four months to recast, it's the fourth lead, you can go and do this [instead].' I said, 'I can't. He's my friend.'"
"I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word," he continued. "It means a lot to me, truly." This is one loyal guy, especially since Fifty Shades was a guaranteed career game changer (it immediately thrust Dakota Johnson and Jamie into the spotlight).
Making that decision was so tough for him that he literally broke down when he had to tell Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson. "I called her and we both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes," he said. "I needed to tell her that this was not going to work."
Although Charlie wasn't in Fifty Shades, his career is still thriving (thank goodness). In addition to his starring role on Sons of Anarchy, he has several films in the works, including The Lost City of Z, which also stars Robert Pattinson and Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.