Aaron Taylor-Johnson Explains Why His Wife Didn’t Cast Him in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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It’s no secret that nepotism runs rampant in Hollywood, but that apparently didn’t help Aaron Taylor-Johnson nab the much-coveted lead role in his wife’s latest project, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Speaking with Nylon Guys, the 23-year-old explains that Sam Taylor-Wood, who landed the E. L. James adaptation director gig just last year, didn’t pick him to play Christian Grey solely because she is married to him.

“I think it would have been the wrong kind of hype to bring toward us,” Aaron says. “It would have been kind of funny that this character that all these women fancy — he’s one in a million — and my wife picks her husband to play the part? I would love to have done something together again, but it wouldn’t have been FiftyWe were both on the same page.”

The British actor also assures the publication that he and his wife are nothing like the characters in her new flick. “We don’t have a Red Room at home,” he adds.]

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Now that the role has gone to Charlie HunnamJamie Dornan, the father to 3-year-old Wylda and 2-year-old Romy (and 16-year-old Angelica and 8-year-old Jessie from Sam’s prior marriage) focuses more of his time on his family. 

“I was pretty self-destructive at one point. I used to smoke 30 [cigarettes] a day, used to f**king drink nonstop. I’ve always been able to be on the f**king edge — be on the line, but then pull myself back,” he tells the magazine. “I stopped when I met Sam.”

Trading in his bad boy ways for diaper duties, Aaron says he’d rather hang out with his kids than spend time at a pub.

“I love the f**king music class. I’m the only dad there. It’s, like, mums and nannies,” he says. “And you’re clapping your hands. You’re singing more than the kids are.”