LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in "50 Shades of Grey," but he says it's not a new dimension for him.
"You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career," explained Huunam. "I starred in the British channel Four miniseries 'Queer As Folk' where I played a young, gay character and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. So I feel, and now I am 16 years older and more mature so I don't anticipate them being too much of a problem. It's like anything else, just an exciting challenge."
After months of speculation, the 33-year-old Hunnam was chosen to play Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the main characters in the erotic, best-selling novel "50 Shades of Grey," by E. L. James. Hunnam talked about his hotly anticipated role on Saturday night as he attended the premiere of the sixth season of "Sons of Anarchy," on which he plays the character Jax.
One of the directors for the FX show revealed that Hunnam initially turned down the role of Grey.
"One week ago or two weeks ago, he was on my set when they came back to him and they wanted him to do it because he passed on it once, you know," Peter Weller said. "They came back to him and I said, 'Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, what do you think, this is too pulpy or something?' He said, 'Ah.' 'Well, let me give you the list of actors who did matinee idol style stuff, beginning with Cary Grant let's go there. If you don't do this, I'll burn your house down.'"
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