Charlie Hunnam Had a Nervous Breakdown Leaving 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Because His Inner Goddess Couldn't Handle the Pressure
Filming crazy S&M scenes can be super, super stressful, so are we surprised that Charlie Hunnam is claiming that he abandoned the ultimate cinematic project, Fifty Shades of Grey , because he had a nervous breakdown? In one of the most dramatic articles as of late (read it aloud!), Hunnam explained to Moviefone how his tryst with Fifty Shades came to an end. Like the project he abandoned, it began with intrigue:
I wouldn't have signed up in the first place if I didn't want to do it [...] It was a really, really difficult time in my life.
Sounds more like a defense mechanism there, but Hunnam does want us to know he loved the project! He was going to treat the role as a Serious Act-or!
And then I just fell in love, creatively [...] I started talking about this thing and I just got so excited. I fell in love with the character and started seeing him and becoming intoxicated, which is the way I work: I find a character I love and I start thinking about it all the time.
Just like Anastasia Steele, he could not stop thinking about Christian Grey. Unlike Anastasia Steele, Hunnam's inner goddess could not handle the pressure.
I was going to finish Sons [of Anarchy] at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning. And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting Crimson Peak in Toronto. I just had like ... frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.
Apparently, he just had too much going on. But wait! There's more emotion behind it all!
I just said, 'I can't ... I can't ...[...] To fail on such a grand scale - because Fifty's going to be massive, it's going to be huge. I really didn't want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn't transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it [...] It was just a shit situation [...] I was really, really, sorry to do it. It was one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't situations.
Christian Grey is just too challenging of a role! He is pained! Pained, I tell you! He's crying his eyes out!
OK — do we really think Hunnam is bawling his eyes out over the fact that Jamie Dornan and his eyebrows will star in Fifty Shades? Or was he just like, "I don't wanna do this mom porn, I'm starring in Sons of Anarchy, bitches!" Or was he just really freaking tired? Or was he just scared that he wouldn't have the time to emotionally commit and do some method acting to play the one and only Christian Grey? Building his own red room would be rather time consuming.
It's OK, Charlie. You were tired. It's cool. The Mom Porn Club has already moved on.