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Charlie Hunnam OUT!

of the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey.

They'll have to find a new Christian pretty darn fast.

by Anonymousreply 22711/23/2013

Smart move on his part.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2013

Not as smart as having said no in the first place. No he looks unreliable.

by Anonymousreply 210/12/2013

And I bet they'll still pass on Matt Bomer.

by Anonymousreply 310/12/2013

Fuck Charlie Hunnam. I was looking forward to seeing him again without the beard.

Hire Matt Bomer and do it male/male, Fifty Shades of Gay. Hasn't someone already written a gay parody? Go with that.

by Anonymousreply 410/12/2013

[quote]There is a lot of nudity in the film, and calls for the kind of things that might make a veteran actor like Hunnam uncomfortable.

Yes, that's the reason. He doesn't want to do nudity. Are the myopic idiots at aware that Hunnam's first big splash in the public eye was an hour of television that featured Aiden Gillen licking his ass?

I'm sure he has his reasons, but I doubt modesty is one of them.

by Anonymousreply 510/12/2013

Seriously, R5. Talk about about brain deadline.

by Anonymousreply 610/12/2013

Was it really a bad move? I knew who Charlie was because of QAF, many people did not. Even as the star of Sons of Anarchy, his name recognition was not great.

More people know his name. It was a trashy project to sign onto, how did he not know that? Perhaps he did and that was the point.

by Anonymousreply 710/12/2013

Are these books still going to be popular by the time the movie(s) is (are) actually RELEASED? Hasn't the buzz for this kinda died at this point?

by Anonymousreply 810/12/2013

Thank the maker.

by Anonymousreply 910/12/2013

It should be that Brit who plays EJ on Gays With Our Wives.

by Anonymousreply 1010/12/2013

I wonder if it has something to do with the departure of James Schamus from Focus Features. Schamus was known for his commitment to quality and highbrow material, and his replacement is not.

I think the project is in trouble.

by Anonymousreply 1110/12/2013

R10 Lots of people have told me that. Have you read the book?

by Anonymousreply 1210/12/2013

R10, James Scott would be perfect. Especially if there's full frontal (calling the 13 x 8 troll).

by Anonymousreply 1310/12/2013

James Scott was born to play this role.

by Anonymousreply 1410/12/2013

Tara Lipinski refused to do nudity in films and look at what a great career she has had.

by Anonymousreply 1510/12/2013

James Scott and Matt Bomer: Fifty Shades of Gay

by Anonymousreply 1610/12/2013

Still hope they'll go for a Michael Mann artsy (see "Heat") film. Whatever happened to his fab creative work?

by Anonymousreply 1710/12/2013

He probably signed on because of Sam Taylor-Johnson. I wonder who she might call as a replacement? Hmmm...

by Anonymousreply 1810/12/2013


by Anonymousreply 1910/12/2013

BEE can start pushing for James Deen again. After Laurel Canyon everyone know Deen IS Christian Grey.

by Anonymousreply 2010/12/2013

The source material is just the worst. I mean, you could have Emma Thompson and Ronald Harwood team up to adapt the book, and it would still be complete shit. But Hunnam had to know what he was getting into when he signed on. Why does he have reservations NOW?

Also, Deadline said they should have no problem getting a replacement soon. However, I remember reading when the casting news was announced that no A or B-list movies actors were going NEAR the part. So, I wonder how many names they actually have on their back-up list.

by Anonymousreply 2110/12/2013

I recall the original thread about this and someone was posting excerpts from the book. I thought it was being made up by the poster. It was absolutely laughable. I couldn't believe what I was reading and that someone had become a millionaire off of it.

by Anonymousreply 2210/12/2013

I think the rabid fans caused him to back out. Hunnam shies away from the spotlight and I think this attention had been too much for him.

by Anonymousreply 2310/12/2013

I doubt that. Hunnam had been ambitious from day one. I think it's more likely that he lost confidence in the project.

by Anonymousreply 2410/12/2013

R22, The author's a marketing genius with great connections. The first time I read the phrase "my inner goddess," I thought, WTF? It got steadily worse with each repetition. Even the rich life fantasy descriptions felt hollow and emotionless.

by Anonymousreply 2510/12/2013

R24 That's my take also.

by Anonymousreply 2610/12/2013

I don't want to see Matt Bomer in this role or James Scott.

by Anonymousreply 2710/12/2013

Charlie probably read as far as the tampon scene and said "I'm out!"

Your move, Ian Somerhalder.

by Anonymousreply 2810/12/2013

Evidently, he gave an interview last week where he talked about how serious he was taking the role.

Now, with so many actors passing on the movie (Gosling, Pattinson, Garrett Hedlund, etc., etc.) and Hunnam dropping out 3 weeks before production, who would even want the role? Seems toxic all the way around.

by Anonymousreply 2910/12/2013

"Schamus was known for his commitment to quality and highbrow material"

Which is why Focus Features was involved with this dreck in the first place? Fabio has written better material.

by Anonymousreply 3010/12/2013

R30 Universal bought the rights to the books and gave it to Focus Features, its art house division, to develop because it felt that Focus could better handle that kind of material which is outside Universal's more mainstream movies.

by Anonymousreply 3110/12/2013

My personal vote would go to Ian Somerhalder but he's a TV name not really a movie name.

by Anonymousreply 3210/12/2013

[quote]Charlie probably read as far as the tampon scene and said "I'm out!"

Do I dare ask what the tampon scene is?

by Anonymousreply 3310/12/2013

R33: [quote]He reaches between my legs and pulls on the blue string – what?! – and gently takes my tampon out and tosses it into the nearby toilet. Holy fuck. Sweet mother of all … Jeez. And then he’s inside me … ah!

Here's the original thread which includes a few excerpts:

by Anonymousreply 3410/12/2013

Oh for fuck's sake. That is just horrendous.

Well done to Hunnam for bailing on this piece of shit. His agent must have talked him into it then someone with a brain talked him out of it.

They should cast Kirk Cameron and Victoria Jackson. Good times.

by Anonymousreply 3510/12/2013

I wonder if he ever read the books before signing on in the first place, or if he just got around to them now and went, "Holy fuck this is shit!! What have I done?"

My totally uninformed guess is that he signed on because of the director, thinking she'd have creative control to shape the material however she wants, but the author has enough clout to demand a faithful adaptation of her dreck.

I bet someone in his circle told him this could be his Showgirls, and he could end up the male Elizabeth Berkeley.

by Anonymousreply 3610/12/2013

I'll do it!

by Anonymousreply 3710/12/2013

lol, he finally got around to reading that shit.

by Anonymousreply 3810/12/2013

I guess he realized being famous for a shitty franchise isn't much of a long term career move. Just ask the Twilight actors.

by Anonymousreply 3910/12/2013

Those CW actors are lining up. Maybe now they'll have a chance.

by Anonymousreply 4010/12/2013

Remember, that hack "author" has final casting approval.

by Anonymousreply 4110/12/2013

Is "True Blood" going to once again keep Joe Manganiello from fulfilling his destiny?

by Anonymousreply 4210/12/2013

[quote]"My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves.”

Ladies and gentlemen -- western literacy.

Thanks for the link, R34. I can't quite believe it.

by Anonymousreply 4310/12/2013

Yeah, I'm guessing he finally read that pile of shit and said, "Oh God, what have I done." Plus with all the backlash from fans about how ill suited he is for the part, who can blame him? 'Course it doesn't help that unattractive, druggie Dakota Johnson signed on as the female lead.

by Anonymousreply 4410/12/2013

I read that there is going to be a sequel to Pacific Rim. Maybe Guillermo asked him to be in it and he would rather be in a sure-fire summer blockbuster than a career killing movie of the week. Plus, the negative frau feedback over casting might have made him think twice. This is not his audience.

by Anonymousreply 4510/12/2013

I'm guessing he found out that the actor had to go full frontal, and he chickened out.

by Anonymousreply 4610/12/2013

Well they clearly signed on Hunnam and Dakota Johnson because it's being done on the cheap. I donut they negotiated five figures apiece.

Handing it to Focus Features is another way of Universal saying, "This is going to be very low budget. We're not risking anything on this."

It's straight to VOD.

by Anonymousreply 4710/12/2013

I was looking forward to seeing him in this but I'm also glad he dropped out. I think he's too good for that trash and I hope he finds success in better movies. He seems like he's headed in the right direction (being in Pacific Rim) and the new Guillermo del Toro horror movie.

by Anonymousreply 4810/12/2013

[quote]the author has enough clout to demand a faithful adaptation of her dreck.

How the hell does that bitch have any clout?

Isn't she some nobody who wrote a shitty Twilight fanfic and somehow got it published?

by Anonymousreply 4910/13/2013

Jared Padalecki would be perfect as Christian Gray or Grey.

by Anonymousreply 5010/13/2013

R47 Just because Focus Features is the art house division of Universal doesn't mean "very low budget". Universal all ready spent several million dollars just to buy the movie rights for the three books. They're going to protect that investment by making sure the movie has good production values.

As the Hollywood Reporter said when it reported on Universal winning the rights:

[quote] Focus is a logical place for Grey as it has an impressive track record of taking tough material and not only making artful and award-winning work but also making something that can transcend a core audience and generate broader appeal. Brokeback Mountain, with its gay themes that on paper would have only attracted a L.A.-NY crowd but ended up being part of the larger popular culture, is a prime example.

Of course the production budget isn't going to be a hundred million dollars because there are no action sequences, no special effects, no expensive set pieces, and the actors aren't big name stars demanding huge up front salaries. It's been estimated the budget is around $35-40 million dollars, which makes it about a mid-range budget movie.

If Fifty Shades turns out to be terrible, it certainly won't be because it was a "very low budget" movie.

by Anonymousreply 5110/13/2013

I don't get why anyone cares about this movie in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 5210/13/2013

[quote]How the hell does that bitch have any clout?

Because she negotiated it when she sold the film rights? The bitch may be an awful writer but you don't make $100 million off of a book without having some kind of smarts.

Producer Dana Brunetti basically treats her like she's his fag hag on his Twitter.

by Anonymousreply 5310/13/2013

[quote]Are the myopic idiots at aware that Hunnam's first big splash in the public eye was an hour of television that featured Aiden Gillen licking his ass?

Yeah but that was for TV. He might have come down with a severe case of Fullfrontalitis.

by Anonymousreply 5410/13/2013

[quote] Is "True Blood" going to once again keep Joe Manganiello from fulfilling his destiny?

Yup! I think I read that Fifty Shades was scheduled for an Aug 2014 release. Joe's going to be busy filming the last season of TB from Jan through July. So he's out.

Ironically, didn't Charlie also say that his "Sons of Anarchy" schedule caused him to turn it down?

by Anonymousreply 5510/13/2013

My vote goes to the absolutely sexy man with the most piercing blue eyes I've every seen - Travis Fimmel from Vikings. I wasn't able to post a link, but look at images on IMDB for Ragnar Lothbrok. He takes your breath away.

by Anonymousreply 5610/13/2013

How can he just leave? Didn't he sign a contract?

by Anonymousreply 5710/13/2013

He obviously included an out clause in his contract.

by Anonymousreply 5810/13/2013

I wouldn't have thought he was that powerful, R58.

by Anonymousreply 5910/13/2013

No real male star who wants a serious career will accept this role. It will be an unknown or a f list tv actor.

by Anonymousreply 6010/13/2013

You mean because it's soft porn, R60?

by Anonymousreply 6110/13/2013

I wouldn't be surprised if they go with another Brit - but one that's new to Hollywood and that's been to drama school.

by Anonymousreply 6210/13/2013

Who doesn't know this has "Showgirls" written all over it.

by Anonymousreply 6310/13/2013

Background people are talking about why he left and why it was (fairly) easy for the studio to let him go:

“Charlie got cold feet,” the industry insider told the gossip site. “He wanted to get out of the movie because he was feeling like it would be his version of Showgirls and he didn’t want to be remembered for that.”

They also added that Charlie "was not ready for the celebrity status that he would receive if the movie worked out."


Fan reactions to Charlie being cast as Mr. Grey were hardly encouraging and the insider adds that this also played a factor in the actor's decision to walk away from the role.

“Add that with the studio execs being highly disappointed by the reaction to the casting, they wanted to start over with a clean slate.”

by Anonymousreply 6410/13/2013

If the people in Hollywood were smart (and they're not) they would have developed this as a softcore series for Cinemax or Showtime. Who wants to see this in a theater full of people?

by Anonymousreply 6510/13/2013

This news has seriously ruffled my Inner Goddess.

by Anonymousreply 6610/13/2013

I think the exact same thing, R65. Cinemax has been looking to get into the series business and this would have been perfect for them.

by Anonymousreply 6710/13/2013

Maybe Charlie didn't like the script.

by Anonymousreply 6810/13/2013

Lol, R66.

R56, his eyes ARE incredible. They're almost like a special effect.

by Anonymousreply 6910/13/2013

I'm sure James Franco would be happy to do it

by Anonymousreply 7010/13/2013

50 Shades of Weird: Charlie Hunnam Exit from Movie is Shrouded in Mystery

And so it was announced that Charlie Hunnam dropped out of playing Christian Grey in “50 Shades of Grey.” No adequate explanation. But did you know that Hunnam and director Sam Taylor Wood Johnson share the same manager? And that Cynthia Pett-Dante of Brillstein Management also manages Sam Taylor Wood Johnson’s very very young husband, actor Aaron Johnson?

Also Hunnam, it was announced in July, was going to be in “Triple Nine” with Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz. The John Hillcoat thriller was supposed to start shooting before the end of the year. But then Hunnam got “50 Shades” and was, according to my sources trying to exit that film. Or he actually did leave it for “50 Shades.”

All of this is very mysterious indeed. “Sons of Anarchy” finishes shooting next month. “Grey” was set to start right after that. It’s not exactly Shakespeare. Hunnam could easily have gone from one to the other. Was he really spooked by fans demanding someone else as Grey? And now can he go back to “Triple Nine”? And who will get handcuffed to “50 Shades of Grey” next?

If I were Jackie Collins, I’d be writing the book about this right now.

by Anonymousreply 7110/13/2013

Abe Vigoda, contrary to popular belief, is still alive. Just sayin'.

by Anonymousreply 7210/13/2013

I was thinking the same thing, R8. The book's popularity PEAKED in Spring 2012. It's now fall 2013 and they haven't even started production. I'm guessing the author, with all the approval clauses in her contract, has been very difficult in getting things moving, in an attempt to protect the integrity of her "art."

Hopefully if the executives were disappointed by the fan reaction to Charlie Hunman, they'll go for Matt Bomer.

I have a feeling it'll make a slight profit at the box office, but bring in tons of money on VOD and DVD. A lot of the book's readership would be too embarrassed to watch this in a crowded theater with other people present.

by Anonymousreply 7310/13/2013


by Anonymousreply 7410/13/2013

Hasn't Bomer said he doesn't want to do it, though? While it's encouraging to see a fan campaign supporting an out actor for such an overtly het role, are these fans planning on forcing him to act in the movie against his wishes?

by Anonymousreply 7510/13/2013

You're right about it peaking, used bookstores in the UK can't get rid of the thing.

by Anonymousreply 7610/13/2013

So, this is the reason that they're really pushing now:

[quote]"The attention and the pressure was intense," the source explained. "More than anything he hates attention and being in Fifty Shades of Grey would force him to do lots of media. That's really not his thing. Charlie doesn't want to be massively famous. Plus, he hates conforming and being told what to do. This role would force him to have to be something he is not."

by Anonymousreply 7710/13/2013

If they're going to hire a model, it should be Garrett Neff.

by Anonymousreply 7810/13/2013

he saw the light and ran for it.

by Anonymousreply 7910/13/2013

I really wish r76 would get rid of his stupid and unfunny signature. Is he mentally ill? It is NOT funny anymore, r76.

by Anonymousreply 8010/13/2013

Are there actually gay homosexual men who are interested in "50 Shades of Grey" in either book or movie form? Are you the same band of prisspots who screech about Gale Harold and hate Led Zeppelin?

by Anonymousreply 8110/13/2013

Who hates Led Zeppelin?

by Anonymousreply 8210/13/2013

Someone hates Led Zeppelin?

by Anonymousreply 8310/13/2013

Maybe I can make a very artistic sex tape with my hot husband and call it 50 shades of grey. Perfect mommy porn!

by Anonymousreply 8410/13/2013

R80 Hi, Simon

by Anonymousreply 8510/13/2013

Start with R-502 and work your way back. There are few of those prisspots on this thread:

by Anonymousreply 8610/13/2013

If 50 Shades had been written as a serious novel by a famous male author, the movie version would star Daniel Craig and be directed by David Fincher. No actor would ever have dropped out of it, no matter how risky the material.

Instead, we get this mess.

by Anonymousreply 8710/13/2013

r87 I doubt that.

by Anonymousreply 8810/13/2013

He backed out of a movie with Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz? He sounds like he is insecure about his acting ability. He listened to the right person when it came to Grey though. It has crapfest written all over it and is a sure-fire career killer.

by Anonymousreply 8910/13/2013

It's thinly veiled Twilight fanfiction - not erotic at all. It's BDSM as a 13-year-old virgin might imagine it, which makes it all the more embarrassing that a middle-aged married frau is responsible. There's no way the material could have ever been turned into a "serious novel."

by Anonymousreply 9010/13/2013

They are supposed to film next month. hmmmm. I bet the audition line is a mile long. Desperate fucks will do anything to get their names known in hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 9110/13/2013

[quote]Are there actually gay homosexual men who are interested in "50 Shades of Grey" in either book or movie form?

The ONLY reason anyone, male or female, gay or straight will see "50 Shades of Grey" will be to see beautiful naked people. There is no other reason.

by Anonymousreply 9210/13/2013

If I was the author, I'd just use a pseudonym, stay in the shadows and just get paid. I'd be embarrassed to lay claim to that shit, but boy is the money good.

by Anonymousreply 9310/13/2013

R93 she did use a pseudonym. She published it online as "Snowqueen's Icedragon."

by Anonymousreply 9410/13/2013

But people know her name and face, so she clearly wanted to be known for it.

by Anonymousreply 9510/13/2013

Actually EL James is a pseudonym too, her real name is Erika Leonard.

by Anonymousreply 9610/13/2013


If 50 Shades had been written as a serious novel by a famous male author, it would have been a serious novel. It is fluff and that has nothing to do with the author's gender.

by Anonymousreply 9710/13/2013

Yes, R82 & R83. I fucking despise Led Zeppelin and everything the drug added scums stand for. Robert Plant's "singing" is almost as much of an assault on my ears as are Neil Young's constipated old lady sounding "vocals.

by Anonymousreply 9810/13/2013

Someone should consider Michael Fassbender- after all, after "Shame" he could do anything sexual onscreen, and besides, there's one BIG reason he's the prefect actor to play Christian Grey (uncut, and about a foot long!).

by Anonymousreply 9910/13/2013

I don't think Charlie Hunnam gets offered roles before Michael Fassbender.

Think: Chad Michael Murray.

by Anonymousreply 10010/13/2013

Isn't Josh Hartnett available?

by Anonymousreply 10110/13/2013

They should play this as high camp and have Charles Busch direct, and play Anastasia Steele.

by Anonymousreply 10210/13/2013

If you're a fan of, say, Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder, I don't know why you would want them to be in this. Sure, you would get to see them naked, but there's also a good chance it would be the last movie you'd ever see them in. The project has career killer written all over it.

by Anonymousreply 10310/13/2013


[quote]Whomever the studio and producers Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti decide on, the process will involve testing with Dakota Johnson to make sure the chemistry is right and that could take weeks, leading the studio to go the new, discovery route since most established actors aren’t looking to waste their time reading for roles.

by Anonymousreply 10410/13/2013

Yes, because god forbid they not perform well against the unestablished/uninteresting actress who only got the job because her parents are has-been stars from the 1980's.

by Anonymousreply 10510/13/2013

I have always lusted after Aaron Eckhart, but to get him to take off his necktie is a stubble. He takes his disrobing instructions from the President of the Mormon Church.

by Anonymousreply 10610/13/2013

[quote]I don't get why anyone cares about this movie in the first place.

Here, for the same reason people can't tear their eyes away from a car crash on the road. Among the frauen who bought this piece of shit "novel" in the first place, it's straight-mommy-porn that came out of the straight-mommy-porn closet, R52.

Sam Taylor-Johnson will end up convincing the fatty author to let her cast Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Pity. He might have had a career. t

by Anonymousreply 10710/13/2013

And yet...if she gets Aaron into it, and it kills his career (which it will) perhaps he'll dump her unbelievably homely ass, which would be a blessing.

by Anonymousreply 10810/13/2013

He should have thought about it more before signing on in the first place. I mainly blame whoever his agent is because they should have known better.

by Anonymousreply 10910/13/2013

R102 I would watch that a billion times.

by Anonymousreply 11010/13/2013

I wish Madonna was directing this. That would be perfect.

by Anonymousreply 11110/13/2013

The "50 Shades of Grey" movie will make "Valley of the Dolls" look like "Citizen Kane."

by Anonymousreply 11210/14/2013

Guy Ritchie should direct with Madonna as Anastasia and Madonna's vagina as Christian.

by Anonymousreply 11310/14/2013

I think they need to make a call to Richard Greico or James Wilder (Kirstie Alley's old boytoy)

by Anonymousreply 11410/14/2013

They should get one of the cheaper Skarsgards. Or some other non-native English speaker who has no qualms about taking their clothes off.

by Anonymousreply 11510/14/2013

I think they should just go ahead and cast Joe Manganiello, seriously. He seems to be perfectly content with sexual objectification and none too concerned about mapping out a career as a serious actor.

by Anonymousreply 11610/14/2013

CG is a supposed to be a girlyman like Edward from Twilight, Manganiello couldn't play that.

by Anonymousreply 11710/14/2013

Manganiello's busy schedule will prevent him from doing so.

by Anonymousreply 11810/14/2013

Best suggestion I've read so far for CG: James Franco.

by Anonymousreply 11910/14/2013

[quote] CG is a supposed to be a girlyman like Edward from Twilight, Manganiello couldn't play that.

In that case, I suggest a bit of tweaking to the script. But failing that, how about Scott Eastwood for CG?

by Anonymousreply 12010/14/2013

In the space of a few days, Universal/Focus' Fifty Shades of Grey has seen the subtraction of its leading man and the addition of a writer.

On Friday, the studio hired Oscar-nominated screenwriter Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal) to do a polish and character work on the script. Marber's credits include Closer and he wrote a short film titled Love You More, which was directed by none other than Fifty Shades helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson.

The move to hire Marber was made before star Charlie Hunnam decamped the high-profile project on Saturday.

Speculation has swirled that the script, penned by Kelly Marcel, might be the reason Hunnam abruptly left the adaptation of EL James' mammoth best-seller. But sources say the polish by Marber is standard and the script is ready for a November start date, should the studio be able to find a new leading man in time.

Universal is now looking to fill the void left by Hunnam's abrupt exit. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the list of possible replacements includes Jamie Dornan of the UK series The Fall and Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood. The studio also is revisiting its initial list of possible contenders, including Theo James and Christian Cooke. Garrett Hedlund, who had received an informal offer during the first round of casting, is unavailable due to his schedule on Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which starts shooting this week in Australia.

Dakota Johnson remains in place to star as the film's heroine.

by Anonymousreply 12110/14/2013

But R119 you can suggest any name you want, every name in Hollywood is saying no. You can suggest James Franco, you can suggest Gosling, Bomer, Manganiello, they don't want it.

And normally actors politely decline, but with this shit you have Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Armie Hammer mocking the material.

Nobody even hides their disdain for it.

This delusional idiot thought every star in Hollywood would be clambering to sign up for her trash. It's obvious she thought she could pick and choose and be extremely picky about who she wanted to play her alpha male fantasy stud.

Obviously Ian Somerhalder - the only half-way famous name to express the slightest interest - isn't her type physically. From the way she went ga-ga over Charlie and totally dismissed Ian, I'm guessing she likes bigger, more muscly guys, not guys with a more slim and lean build, and since her novel is one big Mary Sue fantasy she only wants an actor who makes her pussy tingle.

She and her fangirls still don't seem to grasp that Somerhalder and Hunnam are literally the only remotely famous actors to express any interest at all.

They need to just go find some daytime soap hunk and make an offer. These guys know they have no other realistic shot at transitioning to film so they've got nothing to lose by rolling the dice - and besides, these soap studs are used to making terrible dialogue sound less laughable. Whatever acting skill they have is all to do with making the most of bad lines.

by Anonymousreply 12210/14/2013

Why don't they just try casting actors that fans actually want.

These fans are the ones who'll pay for the the tickets, no one else cares. So why piss them off, I don't get it - unless these favs don't want the job!

by Anonymousreply 12310/14/2013

[quote]Why don't they just try casting actors that fans actually want.

Because even though none of the actors they want (like Bomer, Cavill, etc) are going to give Marlon Brando a run for his money, they still have too much self-respect to do this shit.

I mean Dakota Johnson being the best they could get for the female lead pretty much tells you a long list turned it down.

by Anonymousreply 12410/14/2013

The kind of fans who sign petitions and stamp their feet aren't large enough in number to make or break a project.

by Anonymousreply 12510/14/2013

Every article's comment section about Hunnam dropping out of this movie has been really funny and really bitchy.

by Anonymousreply 12610/14/2013

I think with the next choice, they should have his name written on a tampon.

by Anonymousreply 12710/14/2013

Charlie is back on for Triple Nine and is also doing Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak.

Ok kids, get your popcorn - here ya go. This is sad as fuck. Calls going out to these interested/maybe interested parties:

Tyler Hoechlin

Robert Kazinsky (who was in Pac Rim w/Charlie)

Xavier Samuel (who was in a Twilight: Eclipse)

Harry Lloyd (great choice, IMO)

Craig Horner (Australian guy)

Hayden Christensen (wow, but there are sched conflicts)

Ben Barnes (wtf)

Chris Zylka

Drew Van Acker

I will post more if I hear/see anything else.

by Anonymousreply 12810/14/2013

R122 You should pull your tampon out. The suggestion for James Franco was completely ironical. We know E.L. James's books are crap, but you seem to be taking her and this train wreck über seriously.

by Anonymousreply 12910/14/2013

Also, yes, Theo James and Christian Cooke - but I did not mention them because R121 already posted their names.

by Anonymousreply 13010/14/2013

Oh Lawdy, R128.

I only know two of those actors by name.

by Anonymousreply 13110/14/2013

How much penetration are they going to show in the movie?

They may as well go for an NC-17 rating at this point.

by Anonymousreply 13210/14/2013

"Nine 1/2 Weeks" called. It wants its movie back.

by Anonymousreply 13310/14/2013

Here's a hint R129, when you post a joke on a gossip forum, you should try to make it at least slightly funny. Your Franco comment wasn't.

"Completely ironical" posts only works when there's some sort of point to them. Simply mentioning James Franco's name isn't inherently witty in any way.

by Anonymousreply 13410/14/2013

Wasn't there a tampon-pulling-out scene in Endless Love back in the 80's?? I know it was in the book. I remember all of us giggling about it.

Looking back, it was a great (albeit creepy) book. It would have been a really good movie with a better cast.

by Anonymousreply 13510/14/2013

[quote]From the way she went ga-ga over Charlie and totally dismissed Ian, I'm guessing she likes bigger, more muscly guys, not guys with a more slim and lean build

Her first choice was Robert Pattinson, so I don't think she's against fem, slim guys.

by Anonymousreply 13610/14/2013

To the "completely ironical" guy, it would have been ironic if, say, something had happened to James Franco IRL that the novel pointed up, especially if it were something that hadn't worked out for Franco. I haven't read the book, don't know anything about the plot, so I don't have a parallel to suggest. But there has to be some kind of parallel in order for irony to exist.

As I now know, rain on your wedding day is only ironic if you're the weatherman.

by Anonymousreply 13710/14/2013

They'll end up giving the part to Meryl, she's the only one who can save this shit

by Anonymousreply 13810/14/2013

The sex is very explicit, according to the script. Charlie decided to bail.

by Anonymousreply 13910/14/2013

According to Just Jared, Jamie Dornan is in talks for the role, and the following names are also in the ring: Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James and Christian Cooke.

by Anonymousreply 14010/14/2013

Fuck yeah, Jamie Dornan.

by Anonymousreply 14110/14/2013

Never heard of that guy, but he's hot, R141. Just looked up some more pics and he looks a bit like Cavill.

The fraus will be pleased once they see him.

by Anonymousreply 14210/14/2013

R140, see R121 and R128

by Anonymousreply 14310/14/2013

You can scratch Hayden C. off. He would never be able to get in shape in time for the production start date.

With no-name actors as the leads and the shitty source material, this whole project screams VOD. They will release it in 2 theaters like they did with The Canyons.

by Anonymousreply 14410/14/2013

R142 [italic]Fraus?[/italic] If they cast Jamie Dornan, [italic]I'm[/italic] going to have to see this POS.

by Anonymousreply 14510/14/2013

I don't remember that guy from Once Upon A Time.

What character did he play?

by Anonymousreply 14610/14/2013

Jamie was season one's Sheriff/ Huntsman. He was having it on with Regina.

by Anonymousreply 14710/14/2013

Exactly what R122 said, the fact is most actors who already have a "name" don't want anything to do with this project.

And it is nothing to do with it being sexually explicit, actors are fine with doing things sexually explicit if they think they are in good hands, but no one wants to be embarrassed on film. The source material is embarassing and apparently the script isn't any better if Hunnam bailed.

by Anonymousreply 14810/14/2013


by Anonymousreply 14910/14/2013

Here are some of the other guys (w/o their shirts of course) that R128 mentioned

Xavier Samuel (just did the mommy-porn film "Adore")

by Anonymousreply 15010/14/2013

[quote]Exactly what [R122] said, the fact is most actors who already have a "name" don't want anything to do with this project.

Which is why we are left with the C-Z listers at R128 and R121.

by Anonymousreply 15110/14/2013

Craig Horner

by Anonymousreply 15210/14/2013

Chris Zylka

by Anonymousreply 15310/14/2013

Alright, alright--I'll do it! I think I've already proven my overpowering sexual charisma and desirability to women everywhere in EYES WIDE SHUT, haven't I?

by Anonymousreply 15410/14/2013

Drew Van Acker

by Anonymousreply 15510/14/2013

Cam Gigandet -

by Anonymousreply 15610/14/2013

I used to look at Craig Horner's abs and nips any time they were on opposite the commercials of the show I was really watching.

by Anonymousreply 15710/14/2013

I vote for Aaron Taylor-Johnson's ass

by Anonymousreply 15810/14/2013

The guy at R153 would be nice.

by Anonymousreply 15910/14/2013

I hope they do cast of someone younger than Charlie and Somerhalder. Isn't that guy in the book supposedly in his mid-20s?

by Anonymousreply 16010/14/2013

R154 And others. Can we please declare a moratorium on Tom Cruise? [italic]Please?[/italic] He isn't even worth mocking anymore. Let him seep ever further into ignominy until he is finally not noticed.

by Anonymousreply 16110/14/2013

Why do they keep trying to get legitimate actors in this? Skarsgård has no interest in playing another vampire-adjacent character. Jamie Dornan is good in The Fall and has a bright future.

Just give this shit some low-rent guy from a CW show and be done with it.

by Anonymousreply 16210/14/2013

List at R128 makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 16310/15/2013

R128 Harry Lloyd? He's way too good an actor for this. I am glad to see him being considered but wow, no I can't see him doing this role. Skarsgard is way too busy-filming The Giver, doing a charity trek to the South Pole, True Blood starts filming in the New Year and then the Tarzan movie I don't see anything special about Rob Kazinsky looks or acting wise. I've only seen Jamie Dornan in Once Upon a Time and I would say he fits the look of the character, but could his burgeoning career take the hit? I don't know who Christian Cooke is. Saw Theo James in that terrible Golden Boy show and he might be the best they can get.

by Anonymousreply 16410/15/2013

Why did Charlie back out? I don't believe the bit about scheduling. They would've worked that out long before he got the part. Did he finaly realize that 50 Shades of Grey is a piece of crap?

by Anonymousreply 16510/15/2013

What are the odds that the studio decides to say fuck it, we are pulling the 50 Shades of Gray movie? With all the bad press surrounding this project, do they honestly feel that it has any chance of being the next Twilight? Also, if they pulled the plug now, they won't be out much money other than script costs and preliminary casting fees. I doubt they have even started pre-production on the thing. If no one wants to be a part of the movie, don't make the movie.

by Anonymousreply 16610/15/2013

R166 actually they would be quite far into preproduction, since the film was supposed to shoot next month.

by Anonymousreply 16710/15/2013

Holy fuck, he was only going to be paid $125,000 for this shit?

by Anonymousreply 16810/16/2013

Jesus, that's it? Then WTF is Johnson getting?

by Anonymousreply 16910/16/2013

That's really not surprising. He could have negotiated his pay upward for the sequels if it was a hit but for the first one there was no way he was going to get a ton of money.

Jennifer Lawrence was an oscar nominee and was paid 500,000 for the first Hunger Games which way a more high profile script.

by Anonymousreply 17010/16/2013

Still, R170, only $125K for a part that could potentially destroy his career...

I don't expect the guy to get $10M or even $5M, but they couldn't even go as high $250K?

by Anonymousreply 17110/16/2013

After taxes and agent/manager commissions, he would have been going home with only five figures.

by Anonymousreply 17210/16/2013

Salary is a negotiation. Unless you are a really marketable name you have NO leverage in negotiations for a new movie. If you want to play hardball your ass will be replaced in a instant and the part and all the fame and potentially financial success that comes later will be offered to someone else.

That is how it works. Actors have power in sequel negotations only because now their presence is necessary for the franchise to work, that gives them leverage because the studios know the audience wants them in the sequel.

It's just business.

by Anonymousreply 17310/16/2013

I believe the stars of Twilight were paid next to nothing for the first film and once that was a hit they were able to negotiate multi-million dollar salaries. Same with Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games. They might have also promised some points on the backend too, in lieu of a smaller salary up front.

by Anonymousreply 17410/16/2013

All these youth-centric franchise films book little-known actors for little money for the first film with the promise of increases for each additional film. The Twilight stars took home eight figures for Breaking Dawn Part 2.

by Anonymousreply 17510/16/2013

But I don't recall those other franchises being ridiculed at the same level as FSOG.

I think there's a bigger risk with this one.

by Anonymousreply 17610/16/2013

"Why Jamie Dornan Should Be the New Christian Grey."

It's on Buzz Feed, so if you hate Buzz Feed, don't click.

by Anonymousreply 17710/16/2013

Why are some people pretending this could be a prestige project because they hired that woman with a razor-thin resume? They're acting like Nowhere Boy was a stunning directorial debut, like Citizen Kane or Who's Afriad of Virgina Woolf or Reservoir Dogs.

by Anonymousreply 17810/16/2013

A new article on Garrett Neff, who'd at least visually be right for the part.

by Anonymousreply 17910/16/2013

Oops. Garrett Neff article.

by Anonymousreply 18010/16/2013

It's a shame Ewan McGregor is too old for the part. It's totally beneath him, but he would have been great in it.

by Anonymousreply 18110/16/2013

Considering he did all those Star Wars movies, each with less prestige than the last, it may not be beneath McGregor to do it.

However, I doubt they're looking to cast a 40 year old in the role.

by Anonymousreply 18210/16/2013

[quote]However, I doubt they're looking to cast a 40 year old in the role.

No shit, that's why I said "It's a shame Ewan McGregor is too old for the part."

by Anonymousreply 18310/16/2013

$125,000?!? WTF? That's NOTHING. I'm sure he makes a shitload more playing Jax in SOA.

by Anonymousreply 18410/16/2013

Cameron Monaghan IN? He's got the attitude and the look. And if the character has an older brother, they could include Ryan Phillippe.

by Anonymousreply 18510/16/2013

Is that a joke? Sorry Cameron Monaghan's publicist, he is still a boy, not a man.

by Anonymousreply 18610/16/2013

Isn't Cameron, like, 18? Cute kid but he's way too young!

by Anonymousreply 18710/16/2013

I thought the part was that of a young man. Cameron's 20. (I have NOT read the stupid book.)

by Anonymousreply 18810/16/2013

I'm sure he is getting that or more per episode of Sons of Anarchy R184. You can make a lot of money doing TV, actors aren't trying to jump from TV to movies for money.

by Anonymousreply 18910/16/2013

I'm not into S&M, but if he wanted me to, I could probably get into it:

by Anonymousreply 19010/16/2013

Cameron Monaghan has to be a joke. He's only 20 and he looks even younger. NO.

by Anonymousreply 19110/16/2013

Isn't Cameron Monaghan one of the Hobbits? He was in LOST as well.

by Anonymousreply 19210/16/2013

No r192, Dominic Monaghan was in Lost an LOTR, not Cameron.

by Anonymousreply 19310/16/2013

Cameron is the gay teen on Shameless.

by Anonymousreply 19410/16/2013

Who is the freak pushing Cameron Monaghan?

Nobody wants to see a male ginger naked on screen.

What the hell is wrong with you?

by Anonymousreply 19510/16/2013

Plenty of people would like to see Damian Lewis naked on screen.

by Anonymousreply 19610/16/2013

Yeah, R195, who would ever want to see that?

by Anonymousreply 19710/16/2013

I'd rather see him than that Zylka you're pushing, R195. In fact, if you hadn't put Craig Horner up, I'd say your taste is in your ass.

by Anonymousreply 19810/16/2013

Scott Eastwood is a little intriguing to me.

But yeah, word is they're desperate - the guy who plays Nick Newman's son read twice for the part. Parker Young (Suburgatory, now Enlisted) chose not go in for a read. Even James Franco won't do this. I'm not sure Dave would do it.

Worse comes to worse, they cast Alexander Ludwig and have his father shoulder some of the financial load if the movie's a disaster.

by Anonymousreply 19910/16/2013

Scott Eastwood would only make it look like an even bigger joke.

Fifty Shades of Nepotism

by Anonymousreply 20010/16/2013

R198 my taste? I just posted pictures of the new shortlisted guys. That's not my taste.

Please stop trying to deflect from being exposed as a ginger fetishist. I'm embarrassed for both of us.

by Anonymousreply 20110/16/2013

WTF is wrong with red hair? I'm a "ginger fetishist"? I've also suggested Garrett Neff, Sean Maher, and Jamie Dornan.

"Ginger fetishist"? You embarrass yourself only.

by Anonymousreply 20210/16/2013

Here R202, do you need some crackers for your soup?

by Anonymousreply 20310/16/2013

Selfie, R203?

by Anonymousreply 20410/16/2013

[quote]But yeah, word is they're desperate - the guy who plays Nick Newman's son read twice for the part.

If they're auditioning soap actors, they need to get James Scott on the line.

by Anonymousreply 20510/16/2013

What they need is a french actor

by Anonymousreply 20610/16/2013

The Av Club's take. LMAO:

'After signing the contract that is the first step to any worthwhile erotic relationship, Charlie Hunnam has pulled out of Fifty Shades Of Grey, removing himself in a sudden, abrupt way that left the movie throbbing with desire, only wanting him more. “Holy crap,” Universal Pictures said, its inner goddess reflexively clenching around the aching void that Hunnam had filled just moments ago, now left empty and quivering...'

by Anonymousreply 20710/16/2013

The search for a Christian Grey continues after Charlie Hunnam wisely bowed out. But rabid fans who have an idea of a favorite actor may still be disappointed. Sources say that some of the actors who the fans like are either too old or out of the running. For example: “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard is out. “He’s too old,” says a Hollywood manager who has a client peripherally in the mix.

“Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder is also out, even though he put on a summer long campaign to get the role. According to my source, the author of the book “didn’t want him.” Amazing, huh? She’s not exactly Margaret Mitchell (author of “Gone with the Wind”). “He’s too old.” As with everything Hollywood, they’re looking for younger, younger, younger. (Maybe someone from Nickelodeon?)

Wow–you’d think they were hunting for Hamlet or MacBeth. Isn’t this just handcuffs, huffing and puffing?

Not so, warns a friend of mine who loves this book. Maybe no one can ever live up to the imaginations of millions of women who’ve fantasized Christian Grey knotting his tie.

Whoever is chosen, the producers must be certain. They are planning to make three movies (yeezus!) out of this literary, er, classic.

by Anonymousreply 20810/17/2013

Eek, proper link.

by Anonymousreply 20910/17/2013

I still think it's going to end up with the director's young, hot husband playing Christian Gray.

by Anonymousreply 21010/17/2013

Avan Jogia for the win!

by Anonymousreply 21110/17/2013

I hope its Aaron, R210. He obviously has seen the script and has heard his wife talk about it a lot, he has that advantage. Im a fan of his work, i think he would actually be great.

by Anonymousreply 21210/17/2013

Is anyone having issues viewing threads? I can't view threads that aren't in my history. I cleared cache, deleted cookies and did a hard refresh and restarted my browser. No luck yet.

by Anonymousreply 21310/18/2013

This has happened before, 213. I'm wondering if it's because of Windows 8.1.

by Anonymousreply 21410/18/2013

R214, it's happened to me before but the aforementioned steps worked. I tried on Vista and Windows7 and it didn't work up until early this morning but now, tonight, it's working fine. I did update a few FF add-ons but I doubt that was it. Glad it's working, wish I knew why this happened.

by Anonymousreply 21510/19/2013

The problems at Datalounge originated from Datalounge and there was nothing you could've done to fix it. To my understanding the site was like that to everyone.

by Anonymousreply 21610/19/2013

the author is an idiot! not that we needed her casting decisions as proof

who the eff cares if Skarsgard or Somerhalder are too old? they are still hot! make up can do wonders and the film is mommy porn anyway

by Anonymousreply 21710/20/2013

I agree R217. Give the role to Skarsgard, he actually wants it and he has decent name recognition and could do the role well.

by Anonymousreply 21810/21/2013

Skarsgard's too old, though. We don't want another LucyMAME situation.

by Anonymousreply 21910/21/2013

[quote] Give the role to Skarsgard, he actually wants it and he has decent name recognition and could do the role well.

He would be ideal. But unfortunately he is too old, particularly if they decide to make sequels for the other books. I think E.L needs to make some modifications to her characters. It would seem that the plot would work better (and be more realistic) if CG were an older man. Or they just need to scrap the film project altogether and take it to cable or Netflix.

by Anonymousreply 22010/21/2013

Funny how no one's discussing the real issue, which is that no actor wants to play the 'sexy rapist' role.

And there's no way Aaron will do this. He' s being fast tracked to the B list, and people are already creeped out by his marriage.

by Anonymousreply 22110/23/2013

Irish actor Jamie Dornan replaces Charlie!

by Anonymousreply 22210/23/2013

Was Randy Harrison considered?

by Anonymousreply 22310/23/2013

Shouldn't there be a new thread about this clusterfuck?

And I want more excerpts!

by Anonymousreply 22410/23/2013

It's a shame Joe Jonas is going to rehab apparently. He'd be perfect for this.

He was on the Disney show JONAS and can certainly act well enough for this shit.

Also, he wants an edgier image. Remember the apocryphal S&M sex tape with the beard?

by Anonymousreply 22510/23/2013

Joe JONAS??? Oh, MARY!! No one's going to buy Joe as a straight guy!

by Anonymousreply 22611/23/2013

Joe Jonas needs to get a role where he can utilise his child-bearing hips.

by Anonymousreply 22711/23/2013
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