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Charlie Hunnam Says It's 'Heartbreaking' Not To Be Starring In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

06/02/2014 01:54 pm ET | Updated Jun 02, 2014
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Poor Charlie Hunnam, having to watch quietly as Jamie Dornan reaps the benefits of portraying Christian Grey on the big screen. The actor, who dropped out of "Fifty Shades of Grey" last October, says the decision to leave the film adaptation of E.L. James' best-seller was "heartbreaking."

“I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn't have taken it on in the first place,” Hunnam told Life & Style this past weekend. "When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it’s heartbreaking not to be able to play him. ... It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life.”

Luckily Hunnam doesn't have to worry about Dornan lacking the confidence to pull off the NSFW role. “I certainly don’t fear it,” Dornan told Entertainment Weekly in November, weeks after he was cast in the movie. “I already got a glimpse into working with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] at the test, and I’d met [co-star] Dakota [Johnson] by then. So I had a glimpse into how I felt it would be if I got the part. None of it scared me.”

Hunnam says he'll be among the first to see Dornan's fearless take on Christian Grey when "Fifty Shades" opens next February.

“If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there,” Hunnam said. “If not, I’ll go and buy some tickets on opening night.”

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