Charlie Hunnam 'Wasn't What Most Readers Pictured' in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
Many people think of Jamie Dornan when they think of Christian Grey.
In Fifty Shades of Grey, the Irish actor played the troubled billionaire for the first time.
He then appeared in the film's two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, reprising his role.
Fans will remember, however, that Dornan wasn't the first choice for Christian.
Originally, Charlie Hunnam was cast in the role.
Of course, Hunnam is best known for his role on FX's Sons of Anarchy.
The English actor was cast in Fifty Shades of Grey after beating out a slew of other contenders.
Fifty Shades of Grey already had a massive built-in audience thanks to the eponymous book series, so Hunnam was excited to bring Christian to life, but fans had mixed feelings about the casting choice.
And readers couldn't wait to tell us who they thought should play the billionaire.
Michael De Luca (who produced Fifty Shades of Grey) reflected on casting Hunnam as Christian in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
While he and the casting directors were confident in their choice, Hunnam's casting surprised fans of the books.
Fans weren't shy about expressing their displeasure with the casting decisions on social media.
"I'm always on Twitter," the Fifty Shades of Grey producer revealed.
"I'm a masochist, and I'm into the fandom, so I knew what was coming the first time around, when Charlie Hunnam wasn't what most readers pictured, but he was so awesome in this audition that he did with Dakota Johnson, and he really wanted to play that character, and we're not making the movie based on Twitter, so we thought we'd get there with him."
Those who were excited to see Hunnam in the role of Christian never got to see him in action.
The Triple Frontier star had to drop out of Fifty Shades of Grey due to scheduling conflicts.
Dornan was already on board as a possible replacement thanks to De Luca's preparation.
As a result, when Hunnam left the movie, Dornan was thrust into the limelight.
De Luca also believes that the Endings, Beginnings star is a more accurate portrayal of Christian.
"We expected the new guy, Jamie Dornan, to be more of what the fans had conjured up in their heads," De Luca added.
Fans who were initially skeptical of Hunnam's casting may have changed their minds in retrospect.
The three films were not well received.
One of the franchise's major flaws, according to many, is the lack of chemistry between Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Fans are probably wondering what Fifty Shades of Grey would have been like if the cast had stayed the same.
But, in an interview with This Morning, Hunnam spoke candidly about his decision to leave Fifty Shades of Grey.
Despite the fact that the decision was particularly difficult and anxiety-inducing, he tries not to dwell on it retrospectively.
Hunnam said of giving up his role in Fifty Shades of Grey, "Once I've made the decision, I'm very disciplined about never looking back."
He went on to say that the opportunity was destined for Dornan in the end.
"I'm sure Jamie Dornan was the man who was supposed to do that, so that was part of his - you know, destiny or whatever, so everything happens the way it's supposed to"