It was confirmed last week that Charlie Hunnam has won the lead male role of Christian Grey in the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling 50 Shades Of Grey, opposite Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Now he’s been chatting about it, and says that going gay (on-screen at least) at an early age will help him with the role and its inevitable onslaught of kinky sex scenes.
He told THR, “My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. It was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man. I mean I’m 16 and 17 years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.”
Hunnam played the fresh-faced Nathan in Queer As Folk who within the first few minutes of the series was going at it hot and heavy with Aiden Gillan’s Stuart, before he became ‘the one-night stand who wouldn’t go away’.
We have to agree, it probably was good training for 50 Shades. Now we just need to convince Hollywood to replace Dakota Johnson with a guy.