Charlie Hunnam Was
Only Offered $125K to
Play Christian Grey in
'50 Shades of Grey'
A week after the shocking news that Charlie Hunnam had dropped out of 50 Shades of Grey, more clues are emerging about why the Pacific Rim actor turned down the potential star-making role.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Charlie was only offered $125,000 for the role. While that's a lot of money to most people, as far as Hollywood salaries go it's practically nothing. The British-born actor also reportedly wanted script approval for 50 Shades, which is uncommon for stars who aren't also getting producer credits.
Charlie was also reportedly concerned about some of 50 Shades' hardcore fans, who went online to protest his casting and even circulated a petition asking the studio to recast the role with White Collar actor Matt Bomer.
"I think he felt pressured. He had to have bodyguards all of a sudden to just live," Charlie's Sons of Anarchy costar Tom Arnold said in a recent interview.
Does Charlie's change of heart mean that the movie, based on the wildly popular book trilogy by E.L. James, is in danger? The movie hasn't even started production yet, but it's still slated for an August 1, 2014 release date.
Dakota Johnson, who is playing female lead Anastasia Steele, is still attached to the movie. She has been keeping a low profile since Charlie quit and hasn't given any interviews.
Among the possible contenders for the role of Christian Grey are True Blood vampire Alexander Skarsgard and Irish model Jamie Dornan. On the Road actor Garrett Hedlund reportedly turned down the part before it was offered to Charlie.