What Charlie Hunnam was doing as he dropped out of '50 Shades'
October 14th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

What Charlie Hunnam was doing as he dropped out of '50 Shades'

If Charlie Hunnam was bummed about pulling out of "Fifty Shades of Grey," onlookers couldn't tell.

As studio Universal announced on Saturday that Hunnam was no longer filling the role of wealthy and handsome Christian Grey in the upcoming adaptation of E.L. James' novel, Hunnam himself was over at a wedding.

According to reports, the 33-year-old "Sons of Anarchy" actor was serving as best man in a friend's wedding. E! News reports that Hunnam was "all smiles" as he celebrated the newly wed couple.

On Saturday, Universal said in a statement that Hunnam had dropped out of the project because his TV schedule wasn't allowing him enough time to "adequately prepare" for the part. Production on "Fifty Shades," which also stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, was expected to begin production in Vancouver in early November.

Yet given the intense amount of scrutiny the casting has received - and the storm of backlash that came after Hunnam and Johnson were named as the leads - there's plenty of gossip flying around that the pressure may have been a factor as well. The Hollywood Reporter cites sources who say that Hunnam had become "overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie, and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project."

On Saturday, however, Hunnam seemed "in really good spirits," as one source told People magazine, spending time "with his closest friends and his girlfriend" at the nuptials.

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