Ryan Gosling Turned Down '50 Shades Of Grey,' Did We Really Want Him To Be Christian Grey?
Would Ryan Gosling have made a good Christian Grey? The Drive dreamboat didn't think so as he turned down the role, leaving it to Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that The Gos was "the original prototype for the 27-year-old billionaire with a penchant for S&M, but he was not interested."
And we shouldn't be either—he's already played a well-dressed lothario in the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, and has trademarked the nearly silent, tough guy routine in films from Drive to The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling is, instead, making his directorial debut with How To Catch a Monster, which will probably have more artistic merit (if less kinky sex) than the mommy-porn. So hey girl, let's all just move on.
More mid-level names who passed were Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund, who "couldn't connect with the character" and British actor Christian Cooke, who had the right name for the job, at least.
As far as those in contention for the role of Anastasia Steele, Felicity Jones was deemed too old at 30, and Shailene Woodley couldn't get out of promoting her upcoming film Divergent. Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots, and Elizabeth Olsen were also on the short list of those who didn't take or get the role.
Only a tiny group have actually read the script, which did not even include Dakota Johnson's and Hunnam's reps.
Of course, fans are still holding out for their favorites—Matthew Bomer and Alexis Bledel—and started a petition on Change.org to recast the movie. Because online petitions always make Hollywood sit up and change what it's doing.
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