When I write an Observations post it’s because something or someone has moved me, or provoked me to do so.
First, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I FLOVE the Fifty Shades series. I loved them when they were just coming out, and I was so very excited when E.L. James was picked up by a major publishing house and the books went tearing up all the best sellers lists. I was thrilled when she broke the news that Fifty was going to be made into a movie. Movies based on books are risky in that it’s so difficult to fit all that happens in a two hour time span. Then there’s the casting…when a book is so popular there are always going to be some fan groups that are disappointed because the person they thought best for the role didn’t get it. For a variety of reasons. That brings me to what I really want to discuss…
After all the months of waiting and speculation, the casting of Christian Grey and Ana Steele were finally announced. Know how I found out? My son who knows what a huge fan I am sent me a text. My first reaction?!? Surprise…I wasn’t expecting Charlie Hunnam at all, but at least I knew who he was.
So, when I got home I stayed away from twitter because I was pretty sure peeps would already be reacting, and I wanted to think on it a bit. I didn’t want to make any hasty judgements and start boohooing without cause. Instead I started googling. Quite a few of the photo’s I saw showed off Charlie’s spectacular chest and abs. I mean it people…he has a rocking hot body. That was important to me not just because I like to ogle a fine physique…tho I’ll be the first to admit that I do…but because the Christian Grey in my mind had to have a body that would knock my socks off…Charlie takes care of that need no question…no ifs, ands, or buts.
Moving on…for me the greatest difficulty was that previously I had only seen Charlie with either a full beard or a whole lot of scruff, which made him look too old for my taste, and not Christian Grey like at all. Well…my google searches turned up many pictures of Charlie without the facial hair and the difference to me was stunning…he looks so much younger…much more in Christian’s age range. That fear was then gone. Lastly, was the hair issue which really wasn’t an issue at all. Clearly, a good colorist and hair stylist can turn Charlie’s blond, slicked back hair into a beautiful mess of coppery goodness…tousled and artfully messy…just like Christian is described.
As far as acting goes, Charlie has a great resume, so that was a complete non issue for me. Once I got through all of those things that had made me feel uncomfortable at first, and I had taken the time to think about it…I started to get very excited. I also realized something else…E.L. James is the creator of Christian Grey…NO ONE knows that character better than she does…NO ONE! I don’t care if you’ve read the books a million times…you do not know and care about Christian Grey anymore than his creator does.
Ever since the news was released I have seen some of the most ridiculous tweets, and FB messages vilifying the choice of Charlie. Now I certainly understand being disappointed if your choice for Christian wasn’t Charlie Hunnam…fans of Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill, Rob Pattinson, and David Gandy who thought for sure that their guy was the only guy who could possibly play CG have been very outspoken, and oft-times in a very nasty way. BUT…here’s the kicker, the real heart of the matter…it’s a MOVIE based on a BOOK. The world will not collapse or tip off its axis because of this casting choice. Famine and disease will not result either.
If you’re disappointed because your guy didn’t make it I can understand and sympathize, but it’s time to move on now. If you’re really so upset over Charlie as Christian that you can’t respect the decision that has already been made, and if you really just want to keep making crappy, hateful statements over a film that hasn’t been made yet…please don’t. Let it go…be an adult. When the movie comes out don’t go see it if that’s distressing. End of…
I wasn’t in the auditions, and I doubt any of our followers/readers were either, but Ms. James was. I trust and believe in her ability to make sure that the right people are chosen for this cast. I think Charlie will kick ass as Christian, and I remain very enthusiastic and eager for this movie to hit the big screen next year.
Let’s move forward and try a little positivity. There’s enough crap in the world without adding to it!