“I literally had someone say to me for the first time today, ‘The world’s in uproar you’re not playing Christian Grey,'” the former Harry Potter star confessed to MTV News at the Toronto Film Festival. “And I’m like ‘If this is uproar, it’s inaudible.'”
After Hunnam and Dakota Johnson (who will play Anastasia Steele) were cast in the lead roles for highly-anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James‘ erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey, with some even starting an online petition to have Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel recast in the starring roles.‘I think there was approximately no people wanting me to play Christian Grey, including myself,” Radcliffe continued. “I have to say, no offense to anybody, I’m sure they’re going to do a great job on the movie, but it’s not something that I think of would have been a good next step for me.”
Although Daniel’s admission is sure to disappoint a legion of loyal Harry Potter fans, Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti recently defended hiring Hunnam and Johnson for the film adaption of James’ book trilogy.
“There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.,” he tweeted last week. “So if your favorite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective.”
And while fans may not have been able to convince Radcliffe he’s right for the role, there is one gal who could ignite his desire to play Christian Grey: Katy Perry.
“Mentally I am very close to Katy Perry, a lot,” the 24-year-old actor joked (he previously admitted to having a huge crush on the pop star). “I’ve been in a room with her since and I couldn’t say [anything]. I was across a room from her and I was like ‘I can’t. I can’t even say anything you probably seen an interview with me [and] you know these thoughts are in my head. I can’t even look at you’.”
Too cute. Are you listening, Katy?
See the video and full interview here!
Am I the only one who would have been even slightly creeped out if Radcliffe was in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’??