“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam, who shocked Hollywood this weekend with his announcement he was quitting the highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, has revealed he made the decision after finally getting around to reading the best-selling novel. According to Hunnam, he signed onto to star as Christian Grey without reading “Fifty Shades of Grey,” assuming the book must be incredible since it set off one of the most heated bidding wars in Hollywood history. But after reading the book, he realized how wrong he really was.
“I’m not a lonely middle-aged housewife, so I had no reason to ever read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ when it first came out,” Hunnam told Hollywood & Swine. “After finally finishing it, I discovered how truly bad it was. It’s like bad ‘Twilight’ fan fiction.”
Universal Pictures, the studio behind “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is frantically searching for a handsome young movie star who hasn’t read the novel and would be willing to play the billionaire lead who is obsessed with BDSM.
Hollywood insiders are predicting the most likely choice to replace Charlie Hunnam is former “Friday Night Lights” actor Taylor Kitsch, since he never reads anything before agreeing to star in a film, which is the reason for his decision to star in the 2012 boxoffice flops “John Carter,” “Battleship” and “Savages.”