October 16, 2013

Bondage & confirmation: Looks like we were right about 50 Shades of Grey

If you heard our podcast yesterday, you learned that script issues were the most likely reason for Charlie Hunnam leaving the 50 Shades of Grey film project. (That mealy-mouthed statement about Hunnam not having enough “time to prepare for the role”? Most likely a lie.)

Today The Hollywood Reporter is essentially confirming our theory, reporting that the Sons of Anarchy star wanted so many changes to the script that he and the producers couldn’t come to terms.

“Hunnam, who also is a writer (he penned the gothic horror screenplay Vlad for Brad Pitt's Plan B and Summit Entertainment), is said to have submitted his own very detailed script notes on Kelly Marcel's adaptation of the runaway best-seller,” THR says. “The notes were well received, according to sources, but that only led to Hunnam seeking further script approval, which was denied. 

“‘That's Charlie, that's who he is. He's particular,’ says one source.”

Sure. Either that, or, as casting director Bonnie Gillespie posited on the podcast, maybe Marcel's script is just a dog.

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2 comments :

  1. I love how someone (production company?) is trying to shift the blame/ the attention on the actor's difficult (or "particular") nature ("but all I want to do is write/direct!").

    And he was supposed to be paid ONLY 125k? that's a lot of money for us common folks, but it seems underpaid for a lead role in the adaptation of a book which sold more than 70 million copies and whose author earned a reportatly 95 million$ over the last year. I'm thinking he would have received a % of the profit, which would have raised his salary significantly though...

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  2. Bonnie was downright prescient wasn't she! She was a great guest, hope she'll be back when she's rehydrated with knowledge.

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