Did fan pressure cause Charlie Hunnam to quit Fifty Shades of Grey movie?

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The Sons of Anarchy actor has bowed out of the role of Christian Grey...

Charlie Hunnam

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Charlie Hunnam has officially relinquished the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, but we're not exactly buying his 'immersive TV schedule' excuse.

The internet went crazy when Charlie was cast as the handsome sexual deviant. Some disgusted fans created an online petition to get Charlie and his co-star Dakota Johnson evicted from their roles.

Take a look at how some hilarious and OTT fan reactions to Charlie's casting here.

But now all those fans will be jumping for joy because Charlie has been forced to pull out due to scheduling issues.

In a statement on Deadline, Universal said, "The filmmakers of Fifty Shades Of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey."

Hhhhhmm, right. Well surely Charlie checked his 'immersive schedule' before he took the role? We can't help but wonder whether the cast and crew are feeling the heat from fans of the book, forcing Charlie to drop out.

Initially we thought Charlie would be a good fit. But alas, we'll never get to see him in 'seduction mode'. Sob.

Even E. L. James seemed cagey about the whole situation. But she did want Robert Pattinson to play the role, so maybe she's happy too...



Take a look at some other Hollywood men who've been linked to the role of Christian Grey. Will one of these guys get it?



Is Charlie right to give up Christian Grey?

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