Fifty Shades of Grey Casting: Worth being upset about?

Published October 8, 2013 by Clara Bright

Apparently so, according to this petition over at change.org. I don’t quite follow the logic, considering I have bigger concerns for the film, among them the question of how the producers of the film intend to keep everything strictly cinema-safe and still retain the major draw of the story. That being the gobs of filthy, filthy, explicit sex. Fifty Shades of Grey is porn, which is fine. It’s porn for women, which is great. Sanitizing it for international release sort of defeats the point.

But many people (more than eighty six thousand of them, as of this moment) are singularly displeased with the decision to cast Charlie Hunnam (Queer as Folk, Pacific Rim) and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street, Beastly) as the leading man and lady. I understand the chafing at Hunnam’s casting best, since he looks far too… chummy, let’s say, for the role. He has a face and (from what little I’ve seen of him) a presence for romantic comedies, not the raunchiness of Fifty Shades.

That isn’t to say I prefer apparent fan favorite Matt Bomer. He has one of those smarmy fist-magnet faces that I find a little repellent, though he’s objectively an attractive guy. If he’s your ideal Christian then by all means visit the link at the top of the page and let the world know.

As for me, I’m not sure I’ll even go see this one. The book didn’t do too much for me and I don’t know if I could sit through two hours of the script dancing around the fact that it started out as something much more explicit.

What do you think of the casting, my little sunflowers?

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