Charlie’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Co-Stars React to ’50 Shades’ Casting

You can check out what the rest of Charlie’s co-stars had to say about his upcoming role as Christian Grey over at Hollywood Reporter!

Creator Kurt Sutter called the actor “fifty shades of fantastic” while introducing his cast at the show’s premiere party on Saturday, receiving big laughs and applause from the audience inside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

While few of Hunnam’s co-stars would cop to having read EL James’ racy novel, all were thrilled to see the star make the leap into big-screen leading-man status.

“I went through a lot of the process with him,” Theo Rossi told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was there every day with him making him answer the texts and the e-mails, going through the process and the chemistry stuff.”

Rossi said that although Hunnam was initially hesitant to sign on for another franchise, the project will allow audiences to see a whole new side of the actor.

“I think he’s been teed up for this his entire career, and I think that he’s going to shock everybody,” Rossi said. “I don’t care if it’s Fifty Shades of Grey or 50 holes on a golf course, he’s gonna be great on it. He’s one of the hardest workers, he’s smart, he’s damn sexy, the guy’s got it going on. He’s an actor’s actor. He’s not one of those half-assed pretty boys; he can act.”

Peter Weller was also among those inside Hunnam’s circle who encouraged the actor to take the role, even after he expressed concern that the script was “pulpy.”

“I said ‘Listen, you go do this. I’m gonna water bomb your house with balloons if you don’t,’ ” he recalled.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Charlie Talks ‘Fifty Shades’ and Sexual Chemistry

The most-discussed actor in Hollywood has spoken out at last.

Charlie Hunnam, who has found himself in the center of the white-hot, Hollywood universe, spoke publicly for the first time since he was cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hunnam talked to reporters at the FX Sons of Anarchy red carpet on Saturday and addressed the question on every fan’s mind.

He said that during Fifty Shades of Grey auditions he had “tangible chemistry” with his future co-star Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the movie.

“As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,” Hunnam told The Hollywood Reporter. “It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”

Hunnam also talked about how his girlfriend, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, would handle watching him in the steamy scenes with Johnson.

“It’s very hard to be with an actor,” Hunnam said. “She’s required to share parts of me that she wouldn’t really want to share. With the nature of this role, that’s going to be times 10.”

But Hunnam added that his girlfriend “loved the books.”

“She read them and loved them and was really excited about the potential of the opportunity for me,” said Hunnam. “If anything, I think it will make us closer.”

Source: USA Today

Charlie Hunnam to Star Opposite Dakota Johnson in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey

Congratulations Charlie!

In a one-two punch for “Fifty Shades of Grey” news, Universal and Focus Features announced Monday that Charlie Hunnam will star opposite Dakota Johnson as the film adaptation’s male lead Christian Grey.

The book’s author, E.L. James, teased the news about Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”) only moments after the announcement of the Johnson casting.

The storyline will require Hunnam and Johnson — a former IMG model — to participate in plenty of heated sex scenes, though it’s unclear how explicit the film will be. It seems unlikely that the numerous playful S&M scenes depicted in the book could be depicted with an “R” rating, so it could end up as one of the highest-profile NC-17 pics yet.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Nowhere Boy”) and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, along with James. Kelly Marcel penned the script.

Focus will release the film Stateside Aug. 1, 2014. Universal is handling international distribution.


TVLine: Jax and Tara Scoop!

Question: What’s up with Sons of Anarchy? —Robert
Jax won’t be making any conjugal visits to his jailhouse bride when Sons of Anarchy kicks off its sixth season on Sept. 10. In fact, he won’t be visiting Tara, period (although it won’t be for lack of trying on his part). When the unhappy couple do eventually come face-to-face, expect “a deep sense of sadness on both their parts,” shares series creator Kurt Sutter, who describes the reunion as “loving but very sad.” As the SOA boss notes, “They’ve been through so much already, and how many more times can you say, ‘I’m sorry?’ How many more times can you say, ‘It’s going to get better?’ How many more times can you say, ‘It’ll change?’ It’s almost like there’s a certain amount of resignation that they both are aware of.”