Actors who could potentially play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey
I'm going with Henry Cavill or Christian Bale. They are the ones who look and attractive enough for the role. The others look way too young or ugly but I'm not really sure how old the character is supposed to be. Some of them nauseatingly like a Ken doll or Ryan Seacrest (barf).
Some of the women at work were saying that Matt Bomer would be perfect, except he's gay. They don't want an out gay man in the role, and the rest of the book's fans probably agree.
Christian Grey is 27 in the book.
They will go with an unknown. Most established actors would consider this career suicide. An unknown has less the lose, will set expectations low - and will cost less, too.
Who is the woman who wrote what sounds like a piece of crap. Is this Christian character supposed to be some sexual beast with tons of prowess or what?
I like Chris Pine in it.
If you've read the book, you'd know.
"Story of O", both book and film. Screw this idiotic teenage trilogy.
Colin Egglesfield. He's done stuff, but isn't a household name.
Ian Somerhalder or Cillian Murphy.
Not a lot of movies out there with "unknowns," so I don't know why anyone expects this will be one.
The premise of the book would be much more believable if they characters were older.
Not Chris Pine. He was more believable as an awkward teen than as Captain America. Character must portray sexual HEAT and smoldering, potential danger. He's an extremely high achiever, control freak, entrepreneur, pianist, and hiding childhood physical and emotional abuse. Think a much younger version of Sean Connery, although I never found him hot, only his role as James Bond.
That was Chris Evans, you freaking dumbass.
This is one of those rare opportunities to cast an unknown, without taking much financial risk. The "Grey" project is as "pre-sold" as anything since "Twilight", that is, it has a large and undemanding fandom out there, just waiting to see their soft porn on the big screen. If the director knows how to engage female hormones, any good-looking actor could give a face to the fantasies.
So if some actor out there wants to be the next Robert Pattinson, he should call his agent.
R9, The whole point is that Christian is a super achiever at a young age. He has everything most girls want in a man but is incapable of a real relationship requiring emotional intimacy or closeness. S/M is a substitute for a true connection. How many of the 15 actors suggested could portray intellectual and artistic brilliance, sexual power, and the need to always be in complete control, especially of the girls in his life?
R11, OK, so is Chris Pine more capable of portraying sexual danger and emotional complexity than Chris Evans? No need to be a jerk&meany with the insults.
"How many of the 15 actors suggested could portray intellectual and artistic brilliance, sexual power, and the need to always be in complete control, especially of the girls in his life?"
If the "Twilight" films are any indication of what this audience wants, they can put a good-looking nothing on the screen and the audience will let their imaginations make up for his inadequacies. They will, in the most literal sense, fill in the blank.
R9 is correct. The things this guy is supposed to have achieved by 27 y/o are ridiculous. Even MORE ridiculous is that he would pick such an average, boring, "ordinary girl" virgin as the object of his obsession. That stupid book was so clearly written with a basic formula in mind of feeding the rabid fantasies fat, lonely fraus.
The books were based on Twilight. They started out as fan fiction. So the Christian character is supposed to be Edward Cullen but substitute BDSM for vampires. If Robert Pattinson is any indication it's true that any unknown nothing will do.
R17 is insane.
R16, Have you ever encountered super-achievers? Brilliant and talented, often having skipped a few grades, millionaires with their own companies way before they're 30? Typically they reject the trophy wives of their friends. Often deep insecurity has pushed them towards greatness, and they long to be adored and challenged by a not boring female.
Of course they exist, R19 (ie. Mark Zuckerburg), but how many can you name who are also so stunningly beautiful that everyone stops to stare when they walk into a room? Just ridiculous.
What part is insane, R18? The books DID start out as Twilight fanfiction and the Christian Grey role is obviously Edward Cullen, only without the supernatural vampire stuff. And the same Twilight tropes apply. Rich, stunningly beautiful, 'perfect' man falls madly, obsessively in love with a boring, plain, awkward girl. The ultimate frau fantasy.
I get the impression that Ana THINKS that Christian is beautiful, because he is wealthy and charismatic, not that he could truly be a model. Personally I've known many young men like Christian, both handsome (Playgirl model) and not. Believe it or not, ALL are actually very insecure and love being almost worshiped.
I don't know what the character of Christian Grey is supposed to look like, but my vote would be for Matthew Goode (see link). Zac Efron would be an interesting choice...if only he could act.
Incorrect R22. He is objectively other-worldly handsome in the book. Complete strangers who know nothing about him drool and faint in his presence. And, yes, gorgeous people do love to be worshiped, but they don't tend to seek the attentions of mousy, insipid little fangirls.
R21 did you read the books?
Are you retarded, R25?
[quote]The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name "Snowqueen's Icedragon". The piece featured characters named after Stephenie Meyer's characters in Twilight, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, James removed the story from the fan-fiction websites and published it on her own website, FiftyShades.com. Later she rewrote Master of the Universe as an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website prior to publication.
R24, See I don't see Ana as mousy or insipid. Sexually very inexperienced, yes. Worked her way through college and very spunky. Very different from the ladies "in his parents' class." Do you think someone like Christian would have been interested in her wealthy, beautiful, spoiled, privileged roommate? His also adopted brother was seeing her.
R26, I know the history of this book. I could barely sit through one of the Twigarbage flicks. All of the characters seemed asexual, as if to appeal to someone from a very religious, conservative background. Grey seems the polar opposite. Perhaps Pierce Brosnan, at his most popular, would have been right for the role. Yes I know he's not American, and was too old for the character at his height of pap attention, but at least he could work a tux.
R25, R21 is correct. It's a well documented fact the author admits to. The Grey series is a thinly veiled rip off of Twilight. It's even set in Seattle. It started out as Twilight erotic fanfiction that was written and posted one chapter at time on Twilight fan forums. The author's work became very popular with Twitards and eventually caught the attention of a publisher who convinced her to publish the series. She had to change the characters (slightly) to avoid copyright issues. And, lucky world, now we have 50 Shades of Shit as well as Twilight.
R27, she absolutely is insipid, boring and ordinary. There is nothing interesting about her. Her character was drawn as a blank slate on purpose by the author so every mouth breathing 300 lb frau could identify with Bella/Ana and fantasize that she too could land a rich, gorgeous man.
And WTF would a 21 y/o woman be a virgin? In the book she says she never felt anything for a guy before she met the amazing Christian Gray. Then all the sudden she becomes a hellcat in the sack. Ridiculous. Honey, if you never felt any kind of attraction at all for a guy before 21 y/o, you're a lesbian.
Oh, and it reads like a 12 y/o girl's diary. Ana is forever agonizing about Christian---"he loves me, he loves me not". I LOL'ed when she referred to her vag as "down there" several times in the book. The author should be deeply embarrassed. I know, I know---she's laughing all the way to the bank. Who cares? She still should be ashamed for writing such utter shit when truly great authors can't get the time of day from publishers.
Not only does she refer to her vag as "down there" she's never felt any "tingles" down there before meeting Christian. She's never masturbated, never had an orgasm. NOTHING before the all mighty Christian comes along and brings out her inner slut or as she refers to it her "inner goddess"- a term the author uses so much you could make a drinking game out of it. And be drunk by page 10.
Glenn could drag out her Albert Nobbs gear.
No serious actor would take this role. The source material is such garbage - the best they can hope for is a C or D lister.
[quote] Do you think someone like Christian would have been interested in her wealthy, beautiful, spoiled, privileged roommate?
He shouldn't have been interested in either of them. His character is a 27 year old man--someone who is rich, successful, well traveled, brilliant, worldly, and gorgeous beyond compare. In real life he'd be a celebrity who could literally have anyone he wants. It's pure fantasy to believe he would be interested in an ordinary college girl (mousy or not) let alone become obsessed with her.
This book is designed to feed the fantasies of lonely fangurls who dream about celebrities and like to think they might actually have a chance with them.
I think Michael Fassbender would make a good Christian, although he looks at least 15 years older than 27, even though he's only 34 himself.
SNOWQUEENS MOTHERFUCKING ICEDRAGON.
This is the bestselling author of all time.
Look on her works ye Mighty, and despair.
And no, she didn't include an apostrophe. That would imply some basic literacy skills.
EJ from Days
Alec Baldwin, when he was young and thin, would have made a good Grey.
I'll take Alec Baldwin now over any of the other actors mentioned. Close second, Ryan Gosling.
Firstly, it is terrifying that anyone here has actually read enough of this total garbage to be able to comment on it with any authority.
[quote]Some of the women at work were saying that Matt Bomer would be perfect, except he's gay. They don't want an out gay man in the role, and the rest of the book's fans probably agree.
Making assumptions such as "the rest of the book's fans probably agree," is always a mistake, R1. If you did a bit of research on the internet, you'd see that the majority of the fans who are vocal on this issue are pushing for Bomer or Somerhalder as Christian.
There are one or two homophobes who always comment about not wanting Bomer for the role as they don't want a gay man as Christian, but they are always jumped upon by many who disagree. There are certainly some who can't get over the gay thing, but it is definitely not "the rest," or even a majority.
Why is it "terrifying" to think some DL'ers may have read this book, R42? Clearly YOU have...or at least you're invested enough to know what fans are saying about it on internet forums.
I only read it because I'm in a book group that chose it. It SUCKED, but I read it anyway because I always read all the books chosen, even ones I would never pick myself, because plenty of times I've been pleasantly surprised. I've gotten exposure to some great books/genres I would not normally explore. Not this time though.
The thing that annoys me most about this shitty book is people assume anyone who criticizes it is a prude. I hate having to say...."uh, no, I hated it because it's so poorly written you can't get through a single page without cringing."
It is actually quite prudish for supposed erotica, especially since the insipid Ana character has a freak out before every sex scene. And the sex is basically boring and vanilla and not hot at all.
I just asked if you had read the books, R21/R26--
getting back to the idea of who should play the lead role.
Maybe *you're* retarded?
26 year old model Justin Klynes tipped to play Grey.