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After Queer as Folk, Charlie Hunnam isn’t phased by explicit onscreen sex

By Will Stroude

Eternal gay heartthrob Charlie Hunnam has admitted he’s not phased by any onscreen filth after cutting his acting teeth as sexually awakened schoolboy Nathan Maloney in 1999’s Queer as Folk.

The Sons of Anarchy star appears on the cover of V-Man’s Fall/Winter edition, and inside discusses his last minute decision to drop out of the 50 Shades of Grey movie adaptation back in 2013. Having originally been cast as sado-masochistic billionaire Christian Grey, he quickly withdrew from he project before being replaced by Jamie Dornan – but insists the film’s sexually explicit content had nothing to do with his decision.


“It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I’ve ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking,” Hunnam said of his decision to quit the role, adding that filming schedules for Sons of Anarchy and Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak left him unable to commit to the project.

“I’d given Guillermo my word, over a year before, that I was going to do this film,” the 35-year-old explained.

“[Leaving 50 Shades] was deeply unpleasant and challenging emotionally. I really, really pride myself on being a professional and a man of keeping my word.”

He went on to insist that he hadn’t been phased the film’s nudity and sexual content – and cited Queer as Folk as proof that he’s no prude when it comes to work demands.

“The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece,” he said.

“When I was 18 I was getting f*cked in the ass, completely naked on national TV, you know?”


Oh we know, Charlie, we know. While we can all sit here fantasising about ’50 Shades: The Charlie Hunnam Cut’, at least we have this Queer as Folk highlights reel to console ourselves…

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