Charlie Hunnam says leaving 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was 'heartbreaking'

By Daniel S Levine,

Charlie Hunnam will forever be linked to Fifty Shades of Grey, even though he isn’t going to be in the final product. He spoke about leaving the project again this weekend while he was supposed to be promoting the final season of Sons of Anarchy.

The Pacific Rim star appeared at Fox’s TV Critics Association press tour panel for SOA on Sunday and was asked about Fifty Shades. Surprisingly, Hunnam was very positive about Fifty Shades and is even hoping to see it.

“I'm just really excited to see it,” he told reporters, notes The Associated Press. “I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] and play that character. I'm really, really curious.”

He even defended the book itself, saying that E.L. James’ novel shouldn’t be dismissed as “mommy porn.”

“What (E.L. James) actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject,” he said. “Actually what she did was pretty brilliant.”

As Us Weekly pointed out, Hunnam again stressed that the only reason he left Fifty Shades was because he had a schedule that was too packed. In addition to SOA, he had to work on Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, which reunited him with his Pacific Rim director.

“It became like an embarrassment of riches,” he told Us Weekly in June. “I had so much going on, and I was already committed to doing Guillermo's film...and after having such a wonderful experience again with Guillermo and really believing in that film, I don't really have any regrets.”

SOA’s final season starts on Sept. 9.

Fifty Shades will be out on Valentine’s Day 2015 and the first full trailer is scheduled for release this week. Hunnam was supposed to play Christian Grey, but was replaced by Jamie Dornan.

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