Leaving `Fifty Shades...` lead role was heartbreaking: Hunnam

New York: `Sons of Anarchy` star Charlie Hunnam has revealed that ditching `Fifty Shades of Grey` lead role was `heartbreaking`.

The 34-year-old actor dropped out in the early planning stages for the film adaptation of EL James` best-selling `Fifty Shades of Grey` books, reportedly.

"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.

"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," he said.

Despite the pain of leaving a role that`s been causing a buzz since it was first revealed the erotic trilogy would become a movie, Hunnam, 33, endorsed his replacement Dakota Johnson.

"I`m sure he`ll do a great job. I don`t really know his work. But I know (director Same Taylor-Johnson) is amazing. She has fantastic taste so I`m sure he`ll do a great job," he added.

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