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Hunnam heartbroken over 50 Shades

Charlie Hunnam has revealed dropping out of the 50 Shades Of Grey film was "heartbreaking".

The Sons Of Anarchy star had been cast to play billionaire heart-throb Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of EL James' raunchy novel but left before shooting began. Universal Pictures said his exit was due to scheduling conflicts with his TV show and his next film, Crimson Peak.

"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," he told Life & Style.

"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 Fall star Jamie Dornan took Charlie's place on the film, alongside Dakota Johnson as love interest Anastasia Steele.

Charlie said he bears no ill will towards the Irish actor, and said he would be up for watching the movie.

"If they invite me to the premiere, I will go and see it there," he said. "If not, I'll go and buy some tickets on opening night."

Rita Ora, Luke Grimes and Marcia Gay Harden also star in 50 Shades Of Grey, which is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. It will be released in cinemas in February 2015.

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