The fans have spoken, and they really wanted White Collar star Matt Bomer to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
When author E.L. James revealed Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam and actress Dakota Johnson would portray Christian and Anastasia Steele on Monday, many people were outraged. Just how much? One fan started a petition on Change.org pleading with the film's producers to choose Matt and former Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel instead.
"I'm so grateful for the fans and touched," he told ETonline when they asked what he thought about the petition. "I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota."
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The petition, which has gained over 54,000 supporters, states: "Matt Bomer is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN GREY AND ALEXIS BLEDEL IS THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO REPRESENT ANASTASIA STEELE and if THEY ARE NOT, NOBODY WILL BE And I read the whole trilogy and I can assure that Matt is the perfect actor for this movie and Alexis too. So please PLEASE, all of the GREYsessed and Bomerettes in the world NEED those actors. They always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. WE CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS, ANYTHING."
While some people want Matt and Alexis, The Hollywood Reporter claims that Ryan Gosling and Shailene Woodley were offered the parts first — but turned them down. The outlet also claims Charlie was hesitant to take on the role of the 27-year-old billionaire, who secretly practices S&M. But after meeting with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, he agreed to read with Dakota. The rest is history.
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As for the end result, producers are standing by their decision.
"There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc," Brunetti said. "So if your favorite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."
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