This Is What Charlie Hunnam Really Thinks of Jamie Dornan and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

By: Gabrielle Chung / July 21, 2014

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Like most of us, Charlie Hunnam — the original Christian Grey — can’t wait to see Jamie Dornan in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Speaking Sunday at a Fox event as part of the Television Critics Association press tour, the Sons of Anarchy actor says he still firmly believes in the project despite walking out of it just a month after he was cast.

“I would’ve brought a certain rugged charm to (the role) but believe me, he’s going to do just fine,” Hunnam said regarding his replacement, Dornan. “[He’s] probably a lot better looking and a lot smoother.”

Hunnam, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, reaffirmed that he did not turn down the part because he had problems with his character, a sexual “dominant” who falls for college coed (played by Dakota Johnson), and the movie’s NSFW material.

“I don’t think people have had unchaperoned access to me since all of this went on … the CliffsNotes were exactly what we said. I couldn’t do it because of [the] schedule. It was as simple as that,” he said, adding that it was “pretty heartbreaking” to ditch his role.

For the 34-year-old, he hopes that people will see Fifty Shades of Greyas more than just “mommy porn.”

“I think people really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to that type of talk,” he said. “What [author E.L. James] actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject … Actually what she did was pretty brilliant.”

“I’m just really excited to see it,” he said of the movie, which opens Valentine’s Day 2015. “I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] and play that character. I’m really, really curious.”