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Charlie Hunnam Makes First Public Comments Since Ditching '50 Shades of Grey'

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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We spend probably too much time focusing on a movie that everyone already dislikes before it’s even started filming, but whatever: It’s fascinating to see the PR machine in motion, and it provides some shallow insight into the industry.

Indeed, I doubt anyone actually thought that Charlie Hunnam’s public excuse for leaving 50 Shades of Grey — that it conflicted with the Sons of Anarchy schedule — was genuine. After all, Sons of Anarchy wraps up this month, while 50 Shades begins filming next month. The excuse was specious, though we were all too happy to accept it because some of us like Hunnam (and his backside) enough to suffer through 50 Shades on his behalf. Now we dont’ have to. A $125,000 paycheck for this much public scrutiny simply wasn’t worth it, especially after the studio denied his script changes, likely assuring that the film will be as hackey as the novel.

Hunnam, however, is shifting gears, relying on the old stand-by: Family. This, from E!, which caught up with Hunnam and badgered him at a charity event.

“I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive … Like I said, I’ve got some family stuff I have to tend to. So when I wrap the show, I am going to go to England and see my people and then I have a film that I am doing with Guillermo [del Toro]. So I am going to go and do that and concentrate on the final seasons of Sons.”

Is it telling that he said that he wanted “stay positive” twice (suggesting that 50 Shades is not a positive move), or is he just trying to head off the negative reaction?

To be fair, Hunnam’s father did pass away in May, and I’m sure that he’d like to spend some time with his people before starting production on Crimson Peak, a much better project for Hunnam to be a part of. It’s about a young author Edith Cushing, who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be, and it stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Burn Gorman, and Jim Beaver. That is a terrific cast.

(Source: E!)


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  • Debra Kessing

    I love Charlie muchly but doubt I could have watched that movie. I almost cried tears of relief when he came to his senses.
    Anyone who would like to witness what an outstanding actor Charlie Hunnam is should watch last night's SOA episode. Specifically the Venus and Mother final scene. His face told every story without him saying a word <3

  • general rhubarb

    guys, If you haven't been watching "The Last Leg" I can see why "being a dick" could be difficult to interpret. I give you this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    It should help.

  • stella

    I still dont know how this is going to be a non porn movie. I havnt read the book, but isnt there a Big scene involving the main dude taking the main girls tampon?

  • Rocabarra

    The cast of that other movie, holy hell, I want to make sweet, sweet love to it.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Does this reopen the door for Nicolas Cage? If we could just get Dakota Johnson to leave.

  • bastich

    My vote is for Nic Cage and Krysten Ritter.

    ("50 Shades" is a comedy, right?)

  • stella

    You could make it Nic Cage and Kathy Bates. Make it a horror show.

  • emmalita

    Only if it's the long awaited (in my mind) Don't Trust the B movie and Ritter is playing Chloe. I'd see that.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I was thinking Nic Cage and Alf, with Alf as Christian Grey.

  • Mrs. Julien

    "Five bucks extra". Alf's response to the question "Do you bite?" on that version of the Hollywood Squares hosted by John Davidson in the 80s. I have been using that joke for decades. I still think it's funny.

  • Fredo

    Hmm...Del Toro with Chastain and Hiddlestone? Or 50 Shades of Grey?

    This was a debate?

  • mairimba

    I don't think it was a debate. When Pacific Rim was doing it's promotional rounds Hunnam had mentioned there were talks of him working on another Del Toro project.

  • bastich

    I just want to see Hunnam's suggested changes to the "50 Shades" script.

    ("NEEDS MORE MOTORSICKLES")

  • carrie

    burn the books?!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I'd much rather see him and Rinko Kikuchi bro-ing it up on their giant ellipticals than see him in a crude parody of S&M that doesn't even pay well.

  • Blake

    Now if only Dakota Johnson would run.

  • JJ

    "Now we dont’ have to."

    Don't make Hunnam your fall guy. People will still be watching this dreck, posturing as hate-watching. Especially when they cast Michael Fassbender instead and turn it into the unwanted sequel 50 Shames of Grey.

  • Mrs. Julien

    What's with the new comment request/warning, Overlords? It's certainly emphatic. I question its veracity. How many actual permanent bannings have there been? Big Todd and...? Have there been more? Empty threats. I mean, is there still a list of forbidden words? A mission statement? An update to the
    Pajiba Dictionary? And what of the banning guidelines? Will you take twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against the commenter? Will you take pictures of the approach, the getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that's not to mention the aerial photography? Otherwise, I don't see the point.

  • emmalita

    I did notice in the last couple of weeks that things were getting a bit hostile on some threads. I assumed it was because you had abandoned us for filthy lucre and we were having a collective temper tantrum.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It's hardly filthy lucre. It's hardly even dusty. It's hardly even lucre.

  • emmalita

    Well don't ruin my fantasy of you lounging on fainting couches in bustle dresses stroking your gold doubloons.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I told you, her gold doubloons are being direct deposited to her bank.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He never got anywhere near my doubloons.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Whew, that's a relief!

  • emmalita

    You crazy Canadians and your direct deposite.

  • Uriah_Creep

    What, you don't have direct deposit in the great US of A? It's the greatest thing since, well, since gold doubloons. Start a banking revolution! Down with cheques!

  • emmalita

    You are trusting secret world government run banks to handle your money. You should bury your gold doubloons in the back yard, on a moonless foggy night so the black helicopters can't see you.

    Oh fine! I forgot about direct deposite. That thing that non-self employed people can use. I have to make sure the chickens I get from my clients don't have any guano on them before I can deposite them.

  • Uriah_Creep

    First of all, it's not the black helicopters you have to look out for, it's the silent drones. At this very moment one of them is likely checking on your activities, and possibly spying on your guanoed chickens.

    In any case, I live in a medium-sized town in Ontario, so I'm like Teflon to the NSA, CIA, and all those other acronyms that are zealously guarding your great country. And, I might add, I'm been self-employed for the last 6 years, so I'm quite familiar with the trading of livestock for favors. AND, even when I was working for The Man, I never got paid in fancy money like Mrs. Julien, so there were no gold doubloons for the old Creep. (However, I believe the exchange rate is 2 chickens to 1 gold doubloon. And now the word "doubloon" looks completely foreign and incorrect to me.)

  • emmalita

    It's black helicopters at home, just outside DC. But in the Great American Southwest, where I am currently visiting, it's the silent deadly drone.

    You are getting a better exchange rate than I. I have to provide 3 1/2 clean chickens for 1 doubloon. (I checked the spelling.)

  • llp

    People always forget the exchange rate.

  • ApeDrape

    Where was this all going down?

  • Mrs. Julien

    A couple of doubloons went down my stays. Is that what you mean?

  • emmalita

    The hostility? I don't really remember which posts got hostile comments, is just remember thinking, yuck.

  • ApeDrape

    I really did not see much vitriol. But, I was not paying attention. There was tv to be had.

  • emmalita

    It was low level vitriol, but it was more mean-spirited and directed at the writers and other commenters than usual. I'm all in favor of mean spirited vitriol when it comes to NBC executives. But less so when it comes to people liking different things or holding other beliefs. This isn't the YouTube comments section. I don't remember particular comments because they were not funny or memorable.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I would never stroke my gold doubloons at the office. That's so unprofessional.

  • ApeDrape

    Nay I am confused.

  • Repo

    With the skew of the site towards social and political issues lately, this could get ugly. Time to keep your head down.

  • pajiba

    The new policy is this: If you are a dick, your comment will be deleted. If you are repeatedly a dick, you will be banned. If you personally attack a writer or another commenter, you will be banned. If you create a poisonous atmosphere, you will be banned. There is no due process.

    And yes, several bannings went down yesterday, and we will now be vigilant. Some people have gotten out of hand lately, and it's made it unpleasant for everyone, above and below the comment line.

    Be nice. Be clever. Be amusing. Be thoughtful. Be fun. You can even be critical. But don't be a dick.

  • Guest

    Asking a writer to not use a term, which is offensive, in a civil manner - being a dick?

  • JustOP

    I can understand rules being implemented, but I'm always wary as to how far these will be taken. However, I guess this is more my problem than anyone elses - i'm always a little uncomfortable when speech is restricted, and concerned about forums becoming something of an echo-chamber.

  • ApeDrape

    You should place this at the head of the comments section or on the side bar.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Whoaaaaa. This is what I miss when I have work to do during the day.

  • Fredo

    Dustin's new position:

  • bastich

    The Pajiba Paddlin'

  • Mrs. Julien

    Carr: Them clothes got laundry numbers on them. You remember your number and always wear the ones that has your number. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box. These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box. There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box. First bell's at five minutes of eight when you will get in your bunk. Last bell is at eight. Any man not in his bunk at eight spends the night in the box. There is no smoking
    in the prone position in bed. To smoke you must have both legs over the side of your bunk. Any man caught smoking in the prone position in bed... spends a night in the box. You get two sheets. Every Saturday, you put the clean sheet on the top... the top sheet on the bottom... and the bottom sheet you turn in to the laundry boy. Any man turns in the wrong sheet spends a night in the box. No one'll sit in the bunks with dirty pants on. Any man with dirty pants on sitting on the bunks spends anight in the box. Any man don't bring back his empty pop bottle spends a night in the box. Any man loud talking spends a night in the box. You got questions, you come to me. I'm Carr, the floor walker. I'm responsible for order in here. Any man don't keep order spends a night in...

    Luke:...the box.

  • bastich

    "Cool Hand Dustin"?

  • ApeDrape

    What constitutes being a dick?

  • Mrs. Julien

    And what are the vagaries of distinction between a dick, a dink, and a prick? I have my own guidelines, but I like to compare and contrast.

  • ApeDrape

    I thought dinks were related to morons. It would help if users knew what could be considered a capital offense.

  • emmalita

    I thought dink was size related. I had a friend in college who called men who behaved inappropriatly macho dinks, assuming they had small penises.

    Edited to clarify I am in no way referring to the Dinklage.

  • ApeDrape

    No a dink is in the dunce family.

  • TenaciousJP

    There's only one Dink I know of:

    http://blogimages.thescore.com...

  • stella

    That is terrifying.

  • Ah! Coño! MY EYES!!

  • Mrs. Julien

    I don't know who or what that is, nor do I wish to. To be thematically consistent, I will consider you a dick for posting it though.

  • TenaciousJP

    Using my Fantastical Internet Detective Skills, I can safely say that Mrs. Julien was indeed not an eleven-year-old boy in the mid-nineties, and therefore would never have come across Doink and Dink, the wrestling clowns.

    You're welcome for the nightmares.

  • bastich

    ...can't sleep...clowns will rassle me....

  • TenaciousJP

    http://www.thewrestlinglegends...

    Sweet dreams, bastich! Sweet primary-colored dreams!

  • Mrs. Julien

    In your head, did the word "fantastical" sound like it would if it had been said by King Julien on the Penguins of Madagascar cartoon? In my head, it did and as he is the origin of my pajibanym, I give you kudos for the reincorporation effort.

  • TenaciousJP

    Absolutely. My son has the second Madagascar running in repeat in his bedroom so that's all I ever hear on the weekends.

  • emmalita

    I should have paid more attention in Biology.

  • ApeDrape

    I should have too.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Generally, one's understanding of such distinctions is honed in high school halls rather than the classrooms themselves.

  • bastich

    So where do dorks fit in? (tee hee)

  • ApeDrape

    I believe they share a clada with dunces and dinks.

  • pajiba

    This whole exchange? That's the Pajiba comments section I love.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I missed the smiting? Stupid employer requiring me to do employee things.

    I hope you smote them like the fist of an angry god, or, better yet, smote them with 8 fists like an angry Godtopus.

  • bastich

    Is the Murdertank still in use?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Exactly! I need answers.

  • Andrew

    Wait, what's this about a movie with Guillermo del Toro?

  • FrayedMachine

    They've officially started working on writing a sequel for Pacific Rim!

  • bastich

    Do they need help coming up with a title?

    ("Pacific Rim 2: Rim Harder")

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I feel they should go with "Indian Rim" - switch up oceans a little bit.

  • stella

    I love everything about this thread.

  • FrayedMachine

    Is it weird that I somehow feel responsible for all of these Rim jokes that have subsequently followed my making this news? I feel like I've unknowingly released a terrible beast onto this world.

  • emmalita

    Rim jokes are to be expected. If it wasn't you it would have been someone else.

  • bastich

    AND IT SHALL BE NAMED RIMZILLA!!!

  • FrayedMachine

    I totally set myself up for that one

  • Mrs. Julien

    Pacific Rim 2: The Rimming

  • Pants-are-a-must

    HEY YOU I WAS THERE FIRST WITH THE RIMMING

  • Mrs. Julien

    There's a dubious honour.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    The internet had that dubious honor about 5 seconds after the sequel was announced, to be fair. I'm just touching the rim here.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Is it too early in the day to make a Pacific Rimming joke?

  • Mrs. Julien

    If you do, I shall provide a rimshot!

    http://instantrimshot.com/

  • phase10

    If only...

  • FrayedMachine

    Nope! it's official!

    "IGN: Do you think with something like Pacific Rim 2, can the Blu-ray make or break a sequel?

    GDT: No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate."

    http://www.ign.com/articles/20...

  • llp

    While I enjoy Hunnam and his lovely bottom, there was no way I was ever going to watch 50 Shades. It might take all of that $125,000 paycheck to get me to watch that.

  • Sherry

    Hm. That raises an interesting question. Just how much would people need to be paid to watch that piece of steaming poo? (Assuming it ever gets made.) I can't help but think of the lovely Winston Churchill quote on prostitution ("Madam, we've already established that. Now we are haggling about the price"), which is pretty much true, in this case. How much? I'd take the $125,000. Along with a bottle of bourbon, which I would consume during the movie.

  • bastich

    I'd watch it for free if it came with a RiffTrax commentary.

  • emmalita

    It will, eventually.

  • emmalita

    Sure I'd take the money and a bottle of booze, but I'd still hate myself afterwards.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Whoa, that's a new & aggressive invitation to leave a comment. I like it.

  • bastich

    Could be worse. I heard that YouTube is changing their comment section header to "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here."

  • L.O.V.E.

    Dammit, and I was just going to change my name to Summer's Eve. Looks like I'm keeping 'L.O.V.E.' for another year.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Wow. Yeah.

  • ApeDrape

    You say that now.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    If I'm not back again tomorrow, carry on...

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