Amid the mixed reactions to Charlie Hunnam's casting as Christian Grey in E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sons of Anarchy mainstay recently took the time to dish on his awareness of the daunting task ahead.
On Oct. 9, the 33-year-old spoke to Entertainment Weekly, letting fans of the books know that he's fully aware of the large shoes he must fill to play the role of the S&M-crazed CEO, Christian Grey.
"There are so many fans of that book, and I know that on the surface, I'm probably not what everybody imagined. Because reading is so personal and people bring a character to life in their imagination, they feel ownership over that character. That's daunting if I allowed myself to think about it too much. I'm taking it very seriously and intend to explore the nature of who this character is, what motivates him-and also dress up nice and look good in those suits," he said.
SOA creator Kurt Sutter told the site that Hunnam has the blessing of both the cast and crew, and also acknowledged his relentless work ethic in the process.
"We're thrilled for Charlie. He works hard, constantly challenges himself and his craft. He is a star, in all the right ways," he said.
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is scheduled to come out on Aug. 1, 2014. Be sure to keep checking back for more of the latest details.