While Charlie Hunnam famously dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie not long after being cast back in October, he still feels "invested" in it.
Speaking Sunday while promoting Sons of Anarchy Season 7, the 34-year-old actor said it was "pretty heartbreaking" to walk away from the role.
"I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] and play that character," he said of billionaire Christian Grey.
On how the project will turn out in his absence, he adds, "I'm really, really curious."
Hunnam is sticking to his story that he "couldn't do it because of [my] schedule," even though numerous insiders have said he got cold feet and bailed.
While he says he has "no regrets" about the decision to back out, part of him wishes he could have brought Christian Grey to life opposite Dakota Johnson.
"I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job," he said. "I really had a clear idea of what I wanted to do."
"When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind," he says, "it's heartbreaking not to be able to play him."
Just the same, he joked that Jamie Dornan is "probably a lot better looking and a lot smoother ... "I would've brought a certain rugged charm to [the role]."
"But believe me, he's going to do just fine."
As for the book's author E.L. James?
Hunnam adds that the saga's creator gets a bad rap in his mind: "I think people really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to ['mommy porn']."
"What she actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic, and [she] presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject."
"Actually, what she did was pretty brilliant."
We'll get our first look at the movie Thursday when the first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer arrives. For now, check out Beyonce's teaser trailer and these fan-made ones!