Support for Charlie Hunnam playing Christian Grey in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie may have been slow at first but the world is catching on. Even his co-star, and "Sons of Anrachy" creator, Kurt Sutter is on board with the casting. He announced Hunnam to a crowd at the Dolby Theater as "fifty shades of fantastic." The nickname couldn't be more fitting after hearing his other co-star's gush about the 33 year-old actor during the FX show's premiere. On Sept 8 THR posted the accolades given to Hunnam, who was surprisingly "hesitant to sign on for another franchise."
Longtime co-star Theo Rossi was close to Hunnam during the casting process and encouraged him to follow through. "I was there every day with him making him answer the texts and the e-mails, going through the process and the chemistry stuff. I think he's been teed up for this his entire career, and I think that he's going to shock everybody, I don't care if it's Fifty Shades of Grey or 50 holes on a golf course, he's gonna be great on it. He's one of the hardest workers, he's smart, he's damn sexy, the guy's got it going on. He's an actor's actor. He's not one of those half-assed pretty boys; he can act."
It is reported that Charlie Hunnam was hesitant due to a "pulpy" script but co-star Peter Weller was ready to take action if he didn't take it. "I said 'Listen, you go do this. I'm gonna water bomb your house with balloons if you don't." Luckily, the threat worked as Charlie is now the next Christian Grey and according to Kim Coates "He's about to be a movie star."
Movie star and household name, two things that Charlie Hunnam has to look forward to in the next year. So it appears Hollywood has given him the thumbs up but what about fans? The initially reluctant "greysessed" are now declaring their love for Charlie Hunnam, especially after he walked the red carpet in a grey tie, looking more the part of Christian Grey. Fan sites for both "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Sons of Anarchy" also have positive words for the actor.
"We are thrilled Christian has finally been cast! So thrilled! Charlie will be amazing! We look forward to seeing him play our Fifty on the big screen." ~Anissa & Margie Christian Grey Fan Page
"In my opinion Most Charlie Hunnam fans know the amazing actor he is, but this is now a chance for the rest of the world to see how talented he is. Christian Grey is a complex character and it takes a certain caliber of actor to bring out all those shades. Charlie Hunnam is that man and a perfect choice for this role." -Tina Lou (Charlie Hunnam and "Sons of Anarchy" fan sites)