October 15, 2013

Episode 28: 50 shades of buh-bye

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Now that Charlie Hunnam has announced his departure from 50 Shades of Grey, my listeners are wondering what really spurred the Sons of Anarchy star to bail on what just might be the most lucrative bondage movie ever made. In this week’s episode of my Fame Fatale podcast, Hollywood casting director Bonnie Gillespie addresses that very question, theorizing on the most likely scenario behind the actor’s sudden aversion to sexy times. 

The mastermind behind Cricket Feet casting also mulls another big-budget mystery, this one in a cowl and tights. Why did John Krasinski reportedly read multiple times for the part of Captain America, only to have Chris Evans swoop in and take the role without a single audition? Because that happened, apparently. And Gillespie’s got us covered.

Plus! Loyal listener Charles from San Francisco wants to get his book optioned into a movie or TV show.  I once had an article optioned and made into a movie. I dish on how the deal went down, and what you can do to make your dream come true, even if you don’t own a haunted box.

Got your own question on how Hollywood works? Ask it in that there feedback box to the right.


  1. Leslie Gornstein is the light of my life!!!! xoxo

  2. I second that thought. :)

    Very juicy and interesting podcast, this one is! I had heard of various perspectives on the Britney incidents, but my jaw droped to the floor at this particular umbrella-related bit...

    Bonnie Gillespie mentioned an actor's bankability as related to upfront sales overseas.
    Having moved from North America to South-East Asia nearly a year ago now, I keep getting surprised with the differences in reception and lasting popularity of certain entertainment phenomenons.

    I would love to hear more specifically on how and to what extent the international markets influence the production of movies, franchises and tv-series. Which worldwide area has more impact, and how? Morality is obviously an issue (stereotypically, per ex: Europe, more racy; Middle East and muslim countries, more conservative).
    Do big production companies build movies with specific geographic sectors in mind?
    Do talent agencies and PR firms design their clients' careers along these same lines?

    Bonus sub-points as to illustrate or give an angle to this story:
    -I'm curious on how Korean Kpop tv series which are HUGE in Asia are influencing or will influence Hollywood...
    -How can a celebrity anticipate his/her potential of success on the international level? As I've been travelling, I was very surprised on how the music of Glee seems to be pretty popular (if I consider airtime on the radio or in public spaces), regardless of the country. In contrast, this tv show (which I have to admit is one of my guilty pleasures) has been struggling in the ratings over the last year. A couple of the actors are starting to branch out into different fields (recording albums, appearing on DWTS, writing books, movies) but their long term success still remains on shaky ground. But with this overseas exposure, do these kids bring more to the table than what are expected of them?

    Alright, I rest my case. I do not expect you to answer all or any of these qs but they make for an interesting conversation!

    (Ps: I have a copy of this, just in case! ;) )