“50 Shades of Grey” movie casting rumors were a hot topic in 2012, so all year long actors kept getting quizzed about whether they’d be willing to wield Christian Grey’s welt-raising whip.
So as a new year of casting rumors begins, here’s a look back at the sexiest stars who have spoken about the possibility of spanking Anastasia Steele in Christian’s sex dungeon:
Since “50 Shades” started out as “Twilight” fan fiction, Rob would seem like the top choice to play Christian-he’s even admitted to reading author E. L. James’ old fan-fic back when it was still titled “Master of the Universe.” So it’s not surprising that Rob reacted badly when he heard that James didn’t want him in the movie. Here’s what he said about getting cast out of casting talks: “I think the author has written me out of it. I saw some interview earlier and they went, oh, it could never be him. And I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m going to make you pay for that!'” But he’s not completely turned off by the erotic novel-he also said that he’d love to “lick the pages” of the book.
This star of “The Vampire Diaries” tried to best his fellow brooding bloodsucker by making his own sexy statement about the “50 Shades of Grey” movie. Ian Somerhalder joked that he’s preparing to audition for the film by having a sex dungeon built in his basement, so maybe Nina Dobrev will get to help him practice for the part by playing Anastasia Steele. Ian also said that playing a century-old vampire will give him an edge because he has “a lot of experience seducing younger women.”
Robert Pattinson’s beefy costar admitted that he’s getting ready to pursue a role in “50 Shades” by reading the book, but he’s not so sure that he wants to play Christian since his fans think that he’s better-suited for another role. Here’s what he said about paying Christian’s brother Elliot instead: “I know Christian is the lead but that’s why I didn’t want to play Edward Cullen. He wasn’t really like me. I’ll trust the fans.”
Some Fifty fans also think that Ian’s cute costar could play Christian. Here’s what the other Salvatore said when Sugarscape asked him about starring in the “50 Shades of Grey” movie: “Sounds great, I’m in. Can I start petitioning myself? To do a sex film?” So now Ian and Paul aren’t just competed for the same girl-they’re competing to be the same guy.
Here’s yet another vampire who wants to turn his bloodlust into BDSM lust. The “True Blood” hottie says that he was “born to play” Christian Grey because he already knows his way around a “sex chamber.” You can’t argue with that logic.
And we move on from vampires to the male strippers of “Magic Mike.” It’s not surprising that Matt is a favorite for “50 Shades” after playing the Ken doll that Barbie always dreamed of in one of 2012’s most popular movies. Luckily for ladies who want to see more of his fantastic, non-plastic bod, Matt thinks that trading Ken’s cardigan for Christian’s riding crop “sounds amazing.”
Chiseled Channing sweetly said that he’ll only use his experience as a real-life male stripper to bring Christian Grey to life if his wife Jenna Dewan gets cast as Anastasia Steele. But he also said this about tying her up in Christian’s Red Room of Pain: “That would be really weird. It would just be like turning on the video cameras in our bedroom.”
Channing’s equally-buff “Magic Mike” costar added fuel to the vampires vs. werewolves fire by throwing himself in the fray. He enthusiastically said, “Sure, of course I’d be up for it!” when he was asked about starring in the movie. The ab-tastic actor shouldn’t have a problem with the sex scenes since he shows so much skin in “True Blood.”
All the sexy, supernatural beings interested in playing Christian Grey could have some tough competition from the superheroes fighting to win the role. Here’s what Superman himself said about starring in the movie: “Whether that happens, that decision will be made at the time it has to be made. It would be a very different kind of thing than ‘Man of Steel.'”
Thor might be interested in starring in “50 Shades,” but the thunder god won’t replace his hammer with a pair of handcuffs until he learns more about the movie and the book. All Chris knows is that E. L. James’ popular novel is “sexual, romantic, trashy.”
The Avenger’s fellow caped crusader Captain America was also cautious when asked about trading his red, white, and blue costume for Christian’s gray silk tie. Evans said that he has to read the book, but it sounds more like he wants to use it as a learning tool since ladies are so into it.
The star of the CW show “Arrow” would make an excellent Christian since he already plays a billionaire babe with a secret second life. Amell was turned on to the idea of playing Christian Grey when he saw a “50 Shades” fan page with his photo on it. Here’s what he said when Wetpaint asked him if he would star in the movie: “Of course. I mean if you think about it, it would be four movies, the last part being two parts. I don’t even own a house yet. So I don’t think that I’d be turning that down any time soon.”
Since he played the sadistic Scarecrow in the Batman movies, Cillian seems like an odd choice to play Christian. However, enough fans are pushing for him to get the part that he was asked about it during an interview. The “Inception” star said of the “50 Shades of Grey” movie, “You just read the script. If you like it, you like it.”
Fassbender might seem a little too old to play Fifty, but apparently some fans just can’t quit thinking about the way he spanked Keira Knightley in “A Dangerous Method.” Unfortunately for them, he doesn’t seem too interested in spanking Anastasia Steele-he said that he hasn’t read the book and made this complaint when he was asked about it: “You get your privates out and people assume you are some sex maniac.”
Channing Tatum isn’t the only “Step Up” star who has been asked about “50 Shades.” When Ryan was quizzed about starring in the movie, the “Step Up Revolution” star stepped up to the plate and said, “Let’s do it.”
William Levy is another guy known for his sexy and smooth moves on the dance floor, but the “Dancing with the Stars” contestant admitted that he was a little shocked when he learned that so many ladies want him to become their dream lover. However, he quickly got over his squeamishness and decided that he would actually “love” to play Christian Grey.
This “Diet Tribe” trainer is definitely a long shot, but he seems to have a pretty fierce following of Fifty fanatics. And those fanatics will be thrilled to learn that he’s very interested in playing Christian. Here’s what Jessie told The Daily Quirk about the push for him to win the role: “I think it’s great and I’m extremely flattered. It’s amazing how social media has changed the game in T.V. and film. If this would have happened a few years back, I don’t think that my name would be in the mix at all. I am lucky to be involved in the beginning stages of it all.”
The son of actor Jeremy Irons is poised for superstardom after getting cast in alien movie “The Host,” which is based on “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s latest book. However, the “50 Shades” producers might not be too impressed with this comment he made about their movie: “Whatever brings people out of their shells. Whatever makes people embrace the nasty s**t that goes on in that book, I guess.” So it looks like Max is definitely going to be R-Patz 2.0.
Pine also isn’t sure if he wants to stop fighting aliens to seduce Anastasia Steele’s inner goddess. The “Star Trek” star said that he only knows that “50 Shades” is “pornographic literature.” However, he’s open to reading the script when it’s complete.
The star of “Silver Linings Playbook” also refused to say yay or nay to “50 Shades,” stating that he only knows that the movie is based on a “sex book.” But dealing with Anastasia Steele should be a piece of cake after tangling with Jennifer Lawrence’s nymphomaniac character.
This star of “The Notebook” might seem like every gal’s dream guy, but perhaps he’s too sweet to play Mr. Grey. In fact, he’s so far from being a sexual deviant that he refused to learn what “50 Shades” is about. Here’s what he said to “EXTRA” about it: “I don’t… what is this book that everyone is talking about? It seems very popular.” Now why would he be playing dumb?
Jake is definitely ready to go Grey. He stated that it’s “super flattering” to be considered for the role, and when he was asked if he would be willing to take it on, he said, “Yeah, of course! I always want to work, man, of course.” Jake does know a thing or two about starring in a movie with lots of sex-he played a sex pills salesman who got to strip down with Anne Hathaway in “Love and Other Drugs.”
Colin is just as hot as fan favorites like Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer, and he definitely knows his way around lingerie after working on “The Client List.” He might not be as well-known as some of his competition, but he wants the “50 Shades” producers to know that he would be comfortable playing Christian.
Eddie smartly used his “Les Miserables” publicity tour to campaign for the role of Christian. He knows that “50 Shades” is “kind of kinky,” but he said that he’d “never say never” to a film that’s getting so much hype.
Max was just joking when he said that he has the “raw intensity” required to play Christian, but his “New Girl” character Schmidt and the sexy billionaire do seem to share a taste for the finer things in life.
WHEW! That’s a lot of hot guys! So can you picture any of these actors as Christian, or are you rooting for one of the silent types who haven’t talked about starring in the movie yet?