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Charlie Hunnam has no trepidations when it comes to embodying bad-boy billionaire Christian Grey in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.
While at the Season 6 premiere of "Sons of Anarchy" on Saturday, September 7, the 33-year-old actor addressed the casting news for the first time. One of the main draws of the part, he revealed to reporters on the red carpet, is the chemistry he shares with co-star Dakota Johnson, who will play Grey's young love interest, Anastasia Steele.
"[Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and I] kind of both suggested I do a reading with Dakota, who was her favorite, and as soon as we got in the room and I started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it," he said. "There's just like a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling."
When it comes to their sex scenes, Hunnam is more than ready. "If you look back in my history, my first job was on a channel 4 miniseries called 'Queer as Folk,' and it was incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man," he said. "So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy I could certainly do it at 33 with a lady."
Even Hunnam's longtime girlfriend, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis, is on board with her British beau's racy new role. "It's very hard to be with an actor," Hunnam admitted. "She's required to share parts of me that she wouldn't really want to share so of course with the nature of this role that's going to be times 10. So it was a decision we made together, but you know, she loved the books, she read them and loved them and she was really excited at the potential of this opportunity for me, and if anything I think it will bring us closer."
According to "Sons of Anarchy" director Peter Weller, Hunnam was initially worried that the script was too "pulpy." Weller's response, per The Hollywood Reporter? "I said, 'Listen, you go do this. I'm gonna water bomb your house with balloons if you don't.'"
Meanwhile, Johnson has been bonding with "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James and producer Dana Brunetti in New York City, where Johnson's filming the Shakespeare adaptation "Cymbeline."