Charlie Hunnam: Fifty Shades of Grey Gave Me a Nervous Breakdown

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Actor Charlie Hunnam recently spoke again on why he left the Fifty Shades of Grey movie last year, saying it was more than just scheduling conflicts at work.

"I wouldn't have signed up in the first place if I didn't want to do it," Hunnam said, but he'd already committed to other roles, which gave him anxiety.

As Jax

"It was a really difficult time in my life. I had already been attached to Crimson Peak for about 14 months, which I said, I was going to do with Guillermo [del Toro]."

"[50 Shades of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson] and I just fell in love, creatively," Hunnam recalled. "We started talking about this thing and I just felt 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."

Sadly for the Sons of Anarchy star, the way he works was his undoing.

"I was going to finish [filming] Sons at like 11 p.m. Friday, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal."

"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."

Two months after Charlie Hunnam was cast as 50 Shades' lead Christian Grey, the actor dropped out. "I just said, I can't ... I can't ...," he said.

"Fifty's going to be massive, huge. I really didn't want to fail on such a grand scale, and I couldn't transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours."

While he felt he had to exit film, he feels bad about it to this day.

"It was just a s--- situation," Hunnam said of bailing. "I was really, really sorry to do it. It was one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't situations."

"It's painful because I loved the character and I wanted to do it."

Soon enough, Once Upon a Time hunk Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey, opposite Dakota Johnson as the innocent heroine Anastasia Steele.

Fortunately for Hunnam fans, he's still everywhere lately. His film career is on the rise, and you can watch Sons of Anarchy online to see him in his element ...

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