Many fans of the popular soft-core novel Fifty Shades of Grey were a bit disappointed early this week with the announcement of Charlie Hunnam to play the main character of Christian Grey. For the longest time, it’s seemed like the role of Christian would for sure wind up going to either Ian Somerhalder or Matt Bomer — Hunnam’s name was rarely mentioned. But now it’s being revealed that neither Ian nor Matt was ever seriously considered for the role. But guess who was? Robert Pattinson! In fact, according to author Bret Easton Ellis, Pattinson was James’ first choice.
“Talked to E.L. James at a party over the summer: her first choice for Christian was Rob Pattinson, and Matt Bomer was never in the running”. She and I were at Rob Pattinson’s house when she admitted that Rob was first choice for Christian. When E.L. James asked me who I thought should be Christian I said ‘James Dean, of course,’ and then she shoved me. We were both very wasted.”
My personal pick for the smoldering role of Christian would have been Ian Somerhalder! Ryan Seacrest asked Ian in an on air interview “you potentially can be up to the role of Christian, Ian responded with “that would be a pretty incredible thing,hopefully that can pan out”
After author E. L. James broke the news that he would not land the part of Christian, a member of the press stopped Somerhalder and asked him who would take on the role. “I don’t know you, you tell me,” he responded, according to X17 Online. When asked who his top pick would be, he sarcastically said “Jim Carrey.”
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- Robert Pattinson Was E.L. James’ First Choice For Christian Grey (hollywoodlife.com)
- Film producers defend 50 Shades of Grey decision after fans air their disappointment (express.co.uk)