Charlie Hunnam was chosen to play Christian Grey in the upcoming "Fifty Shades" movie less than two weeks ago but he has been "preparing his whole life" for this role, the actor told reporters during the red carpet premiere of "Sons of Anarchy." He is also perfect for the part, which will require a talented actor that can make the hard to imagine world of BDSM feel honest and real. On September 11 the official Facebook page for Team Fifty fans put out a quote from Director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
"Charlie Hunnam is first and foremost a very talented and dynamic actor who, without question, embodies the unadulterated level of masculinity, charm and mystery of Christian Grey that readers and fans all over the world have come to embrace."
The method actor has already impressed fans with his devotion to the character who he said must be in "his bones" to play him. He also admitted that getting the part was a relief because he "had fallen in love with the idea of playing him." These are words that every "greysessed" fan will want to hear about their beloved character. Hunnam, 33, will prepare for filming on November 5 the same way he does with other roles, getting into the psyche of the tortured billionaire, and adding with a coy smile, "probably have to work out a little bit." Yet viewers of his current FX show know that he is ready to bare all, often showing his muscular build in partially nude scenes.
Hunnam has already enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in Hollywood, with 18 acting credits to his name and three more films in pre-production, but "Fifty Shades of Grey" is being considered his breakout role. To see why he was chosen by team fifty to play the mercurial Mr. Grey fans can watch the actor in "The Ledge" and "Green Street Hooligans." His work as Jax on "Sons of Anarchy" also shows his versatility and depth as an actor.
Another aspect that Charlie Hunnam considered during the casting process was the change that will take place in his personal life. He recently told reporters that his longtime girlfriend, Morgana McNelis, is supportive but is aware it must be difficult for her to share intimate parts of him with the rest of the world. While it may be an adjustment and challenge, it appears that he is embracing the film and fandom. Hunnam even signed his name along with "Grey" on a fan's poster this week.