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Charlie Hunnam quitting Fifty Shades of Grey was "disappointing," author E.L. James says, and she says she worries the final product will be as well.

It's not that she doesn't have faith in the film's producers, it's just that she had reservations about turning her trilogy into a movie series to begin with.

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"I didn't know if it was the right thing ... but then I thought, ‘I'm middle-aged; when in the hell am I going to get another chance to make a movie in Hollywood?'"

Imagine how the best-selling novelist felt when leading man Charlie Hunnam backed out of the project just weeks before production was set to begin.

"It was disappointing, but it is what it is," James tells EW. "I wish him well."

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Charlie Hunnam wants to move on to a new chapter in life. The actor spoke publicly for the first time since bailing on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

At the 2nd annual "Hogs for Heart" event benefiting One Heart Source Education Programs in Burbank, the Sons of Anarchy actor broke his silence.

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"I am doing good. I am just really concentrating on work. It's been a really busy time," he said, revealing a factor in his personal life we weren't aware of.

"I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive."

The 33-year-old actor's father, Billy, had passed away in May of this year and Charlie traveled back to his native England to be with family at the time.

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Immersive TV schedule aside, there are some theories as to why Charlie Hunnam actually backed out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie last weekend.

The actor will wrap production on Sons of Anarchy Season 6 before the movie shoot begins in November. Which he likely knew was the case all along.

So what's the real reason the 33-year-old rising star bailed?

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According to THR sources, it was a lack of creative control.

Hunnam, who has penned a screenplay for Brad Pitt's Plan B and Summit Entertainment, made some script revisions to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Of his own initiative. Many of them were well received, too.

Feeding off the positive feedback, Charlie felt compelled to offer more revisions. "That's Charlie, that's who he is," a source tells the site. "He's particular."

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After more than a year of rumors, speculation and online fantasy casting, Charlie Hunnam was unveiled as the star of Fifty Shades of Grey in September.

Then he got cold feet. Despite the stock "scheduling conflicts" line, the consensus is that Hunnam bailed on Fifty Shades of Grey because of the attention.

Some fans were disappointed, but many were downright thrilled at the chance to re-cast the role they didn't feel Hunnam was a great fit for anyway.

The aftermath of the casting shakeup has led to other behind-the-scenes changes that are less public but still significant, as well as more questions.

So here's the latest on what's going on with the project since Charlie Hunnam's exit and what changes we can expect (and not expect) with him gone:

The next Christian. Obviously, this is the one on everyone's mind.

The short list, according to inside sources (not fans), includes Jamie Dornan of the U.K. series The Fall, and Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood.

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Charlie Hunnam left the Fifty Shades of Grey movie because of Robert Pattinson, and not because the latter is set to replace him in the project (sorry ladies).

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Following the news that the Sons of Anarchy actor exited the project Saturday, sources have cast doubt on the stock "immersive TV schedule" excuse.

"He dropped out of the movie because he didn't want to be typecast," an insider says of Charlie Hunnam leaving Fifty Shades of Grey before filming began.

Specifically, referring to the Twilight star, the source adds, "He didn't want the Robert Pattinson-esque attention that would come along with this role."

Announcing the news, Universal Pictures and Focus Features released a joint statement that said his TV schedule left inadequate time for preparation.

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Charlie Hunnam surprised many over the weekend when he dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey.

But at least one insider familiar with the actor says she isn't shocked Hunnam has withdrawn from the role of Christian Grey... she's shocked he ever agreed to it in the first place!

"What he was taking on with this role was not what Charlie wants in his future career," this source tells E! News.

The mole goes on to explain that this Sons of Anarchy star is content with his current stature of Hollywood. He isn't looking to become an A-lister.

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Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer fans everywhere, rejoice! There's hope once again to see them portray Christian Grey on the big screen.

In shocking news announced this afternoon, Charlie Hunnam has pulled out of the role in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation.

As Jax

Hunnam, best known for his role as Jax on FX's Sons of Anarchy, has de-committed from playing Dakota Johnson's love interest in the forthcoming project.

Interestingly, previous reports hinted at Hunnam quitting Fifty Shades of Grey because of fan reactions to his initial casting in the coveted role.

Those rumors were proven erroneous, but the response was underwhelming at best. Some readers even petitioned the producers for a new Christian.

So why did he actually exit the project - which has been confirmed - now?

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Needless to say, no one was more shocked that Charlie Hunnam landed the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey than his Sons of Anarchy co-stars.

Hunnam, who plays morally compromised Jax Teller on the hard-hitting FX drama, did not strike his fellow cast members as the mommy porn type.

“When he told me that it was happening, I just howled. I mean I think we all did. We’re all like, what!?” says Maggie Siff, who plays Jax’s savvy wife Tara.

“And then talked to him seriously about it. I think he’s very brave to it."

"He doesn’t do anything unless he feels it deep down. He’s not going to do something just because all of his agents are telling him to do something."

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Rumors that Charlie Hunnam is quitting the Fifty Shades of Grey movie have surfaced in recent days. The alleged reason? The widespread fan discontent.

While that is undeniably the reason for the rumors themselves - you wouldn't hear such rumors over The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder - it's untrue.

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Some are even brainstorming who should play Christian Grey if Hunnam walks. While absurd, that does tell you a lot about how his casting was received.

Like it or not, though, Hunnam and Dakota Johnson will star in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. He was hanging with E.L. James only a few days ago.

The book's author tweeted, "Guess who" alongside a photo of Charlie's forearm tattoo that his character, Jax Teller, wears on FX's Sons of Anarchy.

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It was only a matter of time. With Charlie Hunnam talking about the "tangible chemistry" he felt with co-star Dakota Johnson, a fan has put it to the test. Sort of.

In the following Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, we get a not-entirely-accurate sense of how the actors cast as Christian and Ana might work as an on-screen duo.

Using spliced-together clips of their previous roles, of course:

Dakota Johnson is not expected to go blonde, nor will Charlie Hunnam (also seen in last night's Sons of Anarchy Season 6 premiere) look as young as this.

Still, one has to hand it to the creator of this mashup of some of their sexiest scenes in this trailer, giving fans a taste of what to expect next summer.

It may be months before we get a real Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (the Super Bowl on February 2 feels like a good time), so these will have to do for now.

Not that there's a shortage of them. Check out another fan-made effort amusingly, featuring no leads at all (just a lot of sexy imagery) after the jump:

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