Charlie Hunnam Poses Shirtless for VMAN, Talks ‘Heartbreaking’ Decision to Turn Down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Charlie Hunnam Talks Taking Naked Selfies
He's totally okay with full-frontal nudity.

Some fans are still mourning the fact that he wasn’t Christian Grey, and so is Charlie Hunnam

Not only does the actor pose shirtless and give us a peek at his rock-hard six-pack in VMAN magazine, but he is finally ready to open up about just how disappointed he was to drop out of Fifty Shades of Grey.

It’s been two years and the Sons of Anarchy star is still devastated about his decision, saying it was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do (professionally speaking).

Oh it was the worst professional experience of my life. It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.

Charlie Hunnam poses shirtless for 'VMAN' magazine
CREDIT: Tim Walker/VMAN

His decision to turn down the role came down to scheduling. He was finishing up Sons of Anarchy and promised director Guillermo del Toro that he’d appear in his new movie Crimson Peak. The decision was also devastating for director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

I called her and we both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes. I needed to tell her that this was not going to work.

There was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak. I just got myself so f–king overwhelmed and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing. I just didn’t know what to do.

Many thought that Hunnam didn’t want to do the movie because of the nudity, but that’s not the case at all. “The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece,” said Hunnam, who began his career in the racy British TV show Queer as Folk. “When I was 18, I was getting f–ked in the ass, completely naked on national TV, y’know?”

As much as we love Jamie Dornan, Charlie Hunnam (naked) would have been nice too.