"Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam harbors no grudges ... giving nothing but props to fellow actor Jamie Dornan -- who will be replacing him in "Fifty Shades of Grey."
But here's the deal ... Charlie hasn't seen a frame of Jamie's work. So how does he know Jamie will kill it? It's all about the person doin' the pickin.'
It's been said Charlie dropped out of the flick because of scheduling issues, but there's a buzz he thinks it would have been a wonky career move.
New Grey vs. Old Grey
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
10/24/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'50 Shades' & Playboy Are Both Porn
... and I Support Both!
10/20/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If a woman can read "Fifty Shades of Grey" in public ... then a man should able to peruse a "Playboy" wherever he wants, so says famed author Anne Rice who tells TMZ she supports PORN EQUALITY!
Anne is a literary titan -- penning the books behind "Interview with the Vampire" and "Queen of the Damned" -- and she's also big into erotica.
So, when we asked her why the social standards are different regarding the two publications -- Anne is clear, she thinks society should embrace both literary AND visual porn .. saying, "fantasy and pornography and erotica are wonderful."
Measure of the Man
'50 Shades' Mystery Solved
10/15/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I'm Still the Best Man
... For My Friends Wedding
10/13/2013 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Hunnam appeared front and center for his friends wedding yesterday -- not phased at all over DROPPING OUT OF THE ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES EVER!!
Hunnam watched his buddy tie the knot in Santa Barbara yesterday ... just hours after Universal announced he was bailing on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.
Charlie also gave a toast at the reception and was in great spirits ... according to reports.
No word on whether or not Robert Pattinson, Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder were invited.
Bails on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie
10/12/2013 12:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sorry ladies ... Charlie Hunnam has just dropped out of the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" -- and it's all because of his role on "Sons of Anarchy."
According to reports ... the decision was made because Hunnam wasn't able to "adequately prepare" for the role due to his "immersive" TV schedule.
Makes sense, since filming was supposed to begin on the movie later this month -- but just days ago Hunnam was talking up how seriously he had been taking the role ... so it's pretty surprising.
Ian Somerhalder, your move.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
9/7/2013 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rough week for Lamar Odom, who is in the grips of a life-threatening crack addiction. And Syria was serious too, unless you're John McCain. So we gotta ask ...
I'm So Proud My Daughter's
a Sex Slave
9/3/2013 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Melanie Griffith couldn't be happier for her daughter Dakota Johnson ... saying she's the "proudest mom ever" now that Dakota's playing a nymphomaniac sex slave in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.
You'll recall, Griffith's daughter has just been cast in the role of Anastasia Steele, the protagonist in "Fifty Shades of Grey" alongside Charlie Hunnam (as Christian Grey).
If you know anything about the books, you'll know Anastasia becomes entwined in a disturbing and violent BDSM affair with Christian Grey, essentially becoming Christian's sex-addicted slave. You know, every mother's dream.
At least for Melanie ... watch the clip.
50 Shades Of Green
Actor Rocks Weed Shirt
9/3/2013 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He ain't just into S&M, "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Charlie Hunnam is also into THC ... at least judging by the guy's wardrobe.
Hunnam was spotted at LAX wearing an Alternative Herbal Health Services shirt ... a popular marijuana dispensary in West Hollywood that has a marijuana vending machine and sells weed soda ... seriously.
Fun Fact -- Charlie once sparked a bowl for Snoop Lion during an Internet show (scroll to 11:38).
'Fifty Shades of Grey'
'Sons' Star Charlie Hunnam
Ready for Some S&M
9/2/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After months of middle-aged women speculating and debating who should bring "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its hard core sex scenes to life, we finally have the answer: Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.
Author E.L. James tweeted the news Monday -- the bondage/sex freak role of Christian Grey went to 33-year-old Hunnam -- best known for his role on "Sons of Anarchy".
23-year-old Dakota -- daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson -- will play Anastasia Steele, the college girl turned willing sex slave in the novel. Best known from Fox's cancelled comedy "Ben & Kate."
Ian Somerhalder, Colin Egglesfield, and Matt Bomer were at one time rumored frontrunners. Sorry guys.
Little advice for Charlie and Dakota: start stretching. Maybe invest in some ice packs.
'50 Shades' Is Bush League
Author's a Sex Amateur
9/1/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"50 Shades of Grey" author E.L. James is a hack with no REAL sex experience ... at least according to porn legend Sasha Grey, who tells TMZ, she's way more qualified to write erotic fiction than some horny middle-aged woman.
In case you didn't know, 25-year-old Grey -- who starred in 271 adult films before officially retiring at age 23 -- just released her own erotic novel called The Juliette Society.
We asked Grey if she thinks she's more qualified to write erotica than 50-year-old former "Twilight" fanfic writer E.L. James ... and her response, "HELL YES."
She also tossed in a subtle insult, calling "50 Shades" a "romance" novel ... not real erotica.
But does she think she'll earn $95 million this year like James did? Watch the video. Sasha's hot.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author
8/10/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screw professional courtesy ... "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer says she won't give E.L. James any casting advice for the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie .. because she REFUSES TO READ THE BOOK!!!
Meyer was leaving Hemmingway's in Hollywood with some friends last night when she fired the shot ... and it ain't the first time she's taken aim at the S&M-heavy trilogy.
Earlier this year, Meyer told The Guardian "50 Shades" was "too smutty" for her taste -- explaining, "Erotica is not something I read. I don't even read traditional romance."
It's unclear how E.L. feels about the diss -- but we're guessing she'd probably give Stephenie a pair of those ben wa balls and tell her to go (well, you know) herself.
'Fifty Shades of Grey'
Pulls Off Ladies' Pantyhose
8/13/2012 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget carrying it in your purse -- now you can keep "Fifty Shades of Grey" where it matters most ... near your special lady place ... because TMZ has learned, the people behind the book just inked a massive women's underwear deal.
A rep for CopCorp Licensing tells TMZ, three apparel companies have just locked down the FIRST EVER licensing deals with author E.L. James to distribute "Fifty Shades"-themed clothes ... from t-shirts and hoodies ... to ladies' pantyhose, underwear, and pajamas.
According to CopCorp, FREEZE Clothing will be selling the knits, tees, and hoodies. A company called HYP will be selling hosiery, garters, and tights. And something called Briefly Stated will sell daywear, loungewear, and sleepwear (including underwear).
It's big news -- considering "Fifty Shades" is one of the most valuable licenses on the planet right now ... after the series sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
Here's hoping the new merch comes with moisture protection.