Charlie Hunnam on Fifty Shades of Grey: "Tangible Chemistry" With Dakota Johnson!

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Fifty Shades of Grey star Charlie Hunnam says he's ready to embrace the role of Christian Grey, and that there's tangible chemistry with his co-star.

At the FX premiere of Sons of Anarchy Season 6, Hunnam, 33, discussed for the first time how he landed the role of Christian, and why he wanted it.

  • Christian Grey (Actor)
  • Anastasia Steele (Actress)

"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."

"It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it."

That would be his co-star Dakota Johnson, 23, who will portray Anastasia Steele, Christian's lover in the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Before Dakota, Hunnam spoke with director Sam Taylor-Johnson about her thoughts on the role, after which he "felt really intrigued and excited about it."

"I went and read the first book to get a clearer idea of who this character was, and felt even more excited about the prospect of bringing him to life."

At first he was cautious about the commitment - there will likely be three Fifty Shades films - given that he's been locked into a TV show since 2008.

After filmmakers pushed back the shooting schedule to give Hunnam more time to prepare, and the reading with his future co-star, the actor committed.

The casting of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam hasn't exactly thrilled many readers, but 50 Shades producers say their chemistry will surprise people.

As for whether the racy material gives him pause?

"My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk," the English actor said, noting that "It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man."

"If could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady."

He also said his longtime girlfriend, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, helped him make the decision to take on the role despite the sexual nature.

"It's very hard to be with an actor ... she's required to share parts of me she wouldn't really want to share. With the nature of this role, that's going to be times 10."

"[McNelis] loved the books ... she read them all and loved them and she was really excited about the potential of the opportunity for me."

"If anything, I think it will bring us closer together."

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I know that this movie won't do the justice that this book deserve now it looks like they can't even keep anna in character as we her in the book as a blond or christen tall dark and mysterious why can't they at least keep them like in the book do you really think they are going to be able to show the scene as they should be in the book I haven't made up my mind on seeing the movie to be disappointed on a book that I just love and can read over and over again I wish them luck on this adventure

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Charlie is a great actor I love him on SOA but he'll never be Christian Grey to me. I just can't see it. And Dakota will never be Ana. Christian is the epitome of male beauty and holds you spellbound - he doesn't exist. Ana has her own description that Dakota butchers. I'm sticking to the books and the images in my mind.

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They need to keep Charlie and lose Dakota. I'm sure there are better for the role of Ana that will have great chemistry with him. Dakota is just way off the charts physically when it comes to Ana, and in books where physical appearances is emphasized, you'd expect that to be part of the criteria when finding their actors. She is the near polar opposite of how Ana is described. Brown hair or not, she is Fifty Shades of No!

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Not seeing this movie with these 2. Charlie is a great actor but they look nothing like the characters and it will ruin it for me.

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goody! more scenes for me to watch on Mr.Skin .com!!

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they mixed all sorts of cleaning stuff.

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Chemistry is key. If they have it, great. It's still just a movie. They'll go back to their relationships at the end of each day if shooting. Actors live odd lives. I wouldn't want my husband to pay this role but we're not actors. Good luck to them.

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I can't wait for it to come out.

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From what I understand, this movie would have been rated XXX 30 years ago and most actors would have laughed if asked to play these rolls. Boy, our modern actors have a lot of class, eh? <><

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From what I understand, this movie would have been rated XXX 30 years ago and most actors would have laughed if asked to play these rolls. Boy, our modern actors have a lot of class, eh? <><

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