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Fifty Shades of Grey is a dark romance. The character of Christian Grey should not only be sexy, but have danger in his eyes. The actor must be able to handle (possible) full frontal nudity and not mind BDSM. Because Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the film, there has been much debate on whom can fill the shoes of the lead. The trilogy has become a phenomenon with fans demanding which actor they want to play the dark Mr. Grey.
Christian Grey must be like a good cup of coffee - strong and rich, yet respectful to women. The man cast as him should understand that. And because Dakota Johnson has already been casted as innocent Anastasia Steele, the actor must have chemistry with her. Knowing those two things, casting the wealthy Mr. Grey must be a very stressful task.
Another TheCelebrityCafe.com writer made a list of five actors that should play Christian Grey but what about the other guys? I tend to root for the underdogs and these celebrities are definitely the submissive in the running for the Fifty Shades role. Try to use your imagination and enjoy!
5. Thomas Lennon
Where you’ve seen him: He played Zac Efron’s best friend in 17 Again and currently stars on the television show, Sean Saves The World.
Why he’d be hilarious: Because Lennon is a character actor, I can imagine that he would play Christian eccentrically. With Lennon’s charm, Fifty Shades would become a romantic comedy and the audience will laugh as Christian Grey tries to impress Anastasia Steele. Lennon will make the overtly sexual scenes relatable because he would look just as uncomfortable as the audience in the seats will be.
While Dakota Johnson may play her Anastasia as the innocent, inexperienced student that she is written to be- Lennon could take creative freedom and turn Christian Grey into a former frat boy, making all the ladies sign his contracts.
4. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
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Where you’ve seen him: He is a wrestler for WWE and has been in films such as Pain and Gain and Snitch.
Why he’d be hilarious: If Johnson played the lead of Fifty Shades, the fans would get to see an action version of the film. Instead of explosions in your pants, there would be literal explosions. Instead of the book and the relationship being a metaphor for stealing innocence, Johnson’s Christian would punch that metaphor in the face.
Johnson would have no problem being the dominant one in the sexual situation. After years of being in the WWE, he is a pro at inflicting pain. He could hold Anastasia down and even put her in a head lock- that would be a very different type of BDSM. Is there a weird sex position where Johnson can hit her with a chair?
3. Jim Parsons
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Where you’ve seen him: He plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.
Why he’d be hilarious: He could play the whole film as Christian Grey, actually playing the role of the sexy, dangerous man. Then, at the end, simply give a half-smile and say, “Bazinga!” I’d try to make a joke about Parsons as Christian Grey, but I didn’t get informed consent to tie him to it.
2. Zach Galifianakis
Where you’ve seen him: He plays the one man wolf pack, Alan, in all three Hangover films.
Why he’d be hilarious: While Christian Grey is suave and smart, the characters that Galifianakis has played are anything but. In the Galifianakis version of Fifty Shades, the romance would be an awkward fest.
Christian would not be deflowering the sweet Anastasia in this version of the film, I assume that Anastasia would be the one with the whip. And, after watching The Hangover 2, it is clear that Galifianakis isn’t above S&M because that film was just humiliating.
1. Betty White (In Drag)
Where you’ve seen him/her: She’s America’s geriatric-sweetheart. She played Ryan Reynolds’s sassy grandmother in The Proposal.
Why she’d be hilarious: First off, she’s a woman and that would be funny to see. Second, she’s 91 and some of the sexual moves might be difficult for a woman of her age. Though, in the Snickers commercial she does show that she can role play.
Who is your favorite Grey underdog?