English actor Charlie Hunnam broke into the American market with his role in the FX series Sons of Anarchy. And since then he has remained one of the most recognized actors. He has had several projects with various directors throughout his career to date.

One of these directors that Hunnam has collaborated with more than once is none other than Guillermo Del Toro. The actor shared his admiration for the director several times.

However, at the same time, he lost out on one of the most successful trilogies Fifty Shades due to a promise he made to Del Toro for working on his 2015 project Crimson Peak. Although there were other factors involved in the decision as well, naturally he admitted being regretful about his decision.

Charlie Hunnam Deeply Regrets Not Taking A Part In the Fifty Shades Trilogy

Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam

Back when Fifty Shades casting had been going on, Charlie Hunnam had been chosen to play the male protagonist Christian Grey. However, at the time, Guillermo Del Toro’s 2015 Crimson Peak was another upcoming project which according to Hunnam he had already promised Del Toro to work in.

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However, this decision ended up costing him a big paycheck as the Fifty Shades trilogy has raked in about a whopping 1 billion dollars combined at the box office. In comparison, the Gothic romance was only able to make around 70 million dollars. Despite people advising him to take on the Fifty Shades project, the 43-year-old decided to keep his promise to his friend Del Toro. The Green Street star described the situation as the
worst professional experience” he had ever encountered.

Guillermo Del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro

In addition to his promise, there were other factors also involved in his decision. According to Hunnam, the intensely intimate scenes were one of the reasons that held him back from taking on the role of Christian Grey

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More on Charlie Hunnam And Guillermo Del Toro’s Professional History

Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam

Every director has their way of working and when it comes to one of the most well-known directors Guillermo Del Toro, he is known to push the limits of his team. Charlie Hunnam who has collaborated with Del Toro in Pacific Rim (2013) and Crimson Peak (2015) described working with the theme director as the “most demanding experience” of his life.

According to Hunnam, the Shape of Water director likes “practical effects” which could be highly tough in real life. Crimson Peak was the last project on which Hunnam collaborated with Del Toro.

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Source: Cheatsheet

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