Charlie Hunnam describes ‘heartbreaking’ exit from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Actor was replaced in lead role by Jamie Dornan

Charlie Hunnam has described the “heartbreaking” decision he had to make when leaving the lead role in the forthcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey film.

Filming on the Universal Pictures movie was delayed following the sudden exit of Hunnam and last-minute casting of replacement Jamie Dornan (pictured right).

Sons Of Anarchy star Hunnam was originally hired to play sexually adventurous businessman Christian Grey but dropped out in October citing his “immersive TV schedule”.

Speaking to Life & Style about how he felt after opting out, Hunnam says: “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.”

The big screen adaptation of EL James’s blockbuster erotic novel was originally set to open in cinemas worldwide on August 1, 2014 but will now arrive the following Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2015).

Dakota Johnson will co-star as Anastasia Steele, the college graduate who enters into an intense sexual relationship with the older and dominant Grey. Pride And Prejudice actress Jennifer Ehle and True Blood‘s Luke Grimes will appear in supporting roles.