Charlie Hunnam is breaking his silence about being cast as Christian Grey in the movie 50 Shades of Grey.
The star Sons of Anarchy tells ET, “[I am] so excited to be entrusted with this empowered character.”
More than 70,000 people have signed a petition saying that Charlie is wrong for the role and should be replaced by Matt Bomer.
Charlie says the public outrage doesn’t surprise him. “I had anticipated it, these books were a global phenomenon. I isolate myself [so I] haven’t been too aware of what’s [going on in] social media.”
Charlie says when he went in the for audition, “[I]wanted to feel like he was in my bones.” And he explains his leading lady, Dakota Johnson, is the only person he auditioned with for the part.