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Charlie Hunnam speaks out, post-'Fifty Shades': 'I am doing good'

Charlie Hunnam has appeared publicly for the first time since news broke that he was dropping out of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s high-profile film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Last night, the Sons of Anarchy star joined his castmates at an event benefiting the nonprofit One Heart Source in Burbank, Calif. Hunnam also spoke to E! News at the event, though those looking for a detailed explanation of his decision to leave Fifty Shades will be disappointed.

“I am doing good,” Hunnam, said, adding that he’s been busy concentrating on both work and “family stuff.” (According to E!, Hunnam’s father died this spring.)

“When I wrap the show [SOA season 6], I am going to go to England and see my people,” Hunnam, a native of Newcastle upon Tyne, added. “And then I have a film that I am doing with Guillermo [del Toro]. So I am going to go and do that and [then] concentrate on the final seasons of Sons.”

Hunnam didn’t address any of the rumors swirling around his exit — specifically, that he had serious reservations about the film’s script, and that he got spooked by the idea of bearing the fame that would come along with carrying such a popular franchise.

NBC-Universal employees were told last Wednesday that Hunnam’s part will be recast in the next few weeks; True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard is reportedly on the shortlist to play sexually adventurous millionaire Christian Grey, as are Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen and Jamie Dornan, star of the U.K. series The Fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Why 'Fifty Shades' lost its Grey: With Charlie Hunnam out, what's next for the movie?

On Saturday, the Internet lit up with the breathless all-caps news that Charlie Hunnam would no longer be playing the dashing if psychologically damaged billionaire Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Some of best-selling author E L James’ readers were ecstatic, as it meant their dream casting for fan favorites like Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder might have life yet. But it was a gut punch to Universal/Focus, which is scrambling to recast a beloved role and still keep to their mid-November production start.
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Sundance 2013: See 'Sons of Anarchy' star Maggie Siff in intimate indie 'Concussion' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Congratulations, Concussion — you may have the Sundanciest plot summary in the history of Sundance.

To wit: “Abby is a fortysomething, wealthy, married, lesbian housewife who — after getting smacked in the head by her son’s baseball — walks around every corner of her suburban life to confront a mounting desire for something else. She takes on a new project and purchases a pied-à-terre in Manhattan. Walking around the city streets reminds Abby what it feels like to be sexy, and her pent-up libido shakes off its inhibitions. Her desire is not a take-home item for the minivan ride back home, so Abby inaugurates a double life that draws her deeply into a world of prostitution for women.”

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'Boom' goes the Irishman: Chris O'Dowd exorcises his inner 'douche' through new film, talks 'Girls' season 2

Chris O’Dowd, whom fans came to know as the good-hearted galoot in Bridesmaids, has had a busy year indeed. Between memorable roles in Friends With Kids and Girls, the Irishman has been prepping for a newly picked-up HBO pilot created by Christopher Guest and just last month recently married British TV presenter Dawn Porter.

If you believe the preternaturally wry O’Dowd, Porter is likely grateful that he changed things up to play a less redeemable character in his latest film 3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom (available OnDemand today). “I’ve been playing so many nice guys that I was about to boil over inside,” he says drily. Frankie is named after the younger brother (Charlie Hunnam) that O’Dowd ‘s recovering addict Bruce bullies. “I definitely wanted to channel the more douche side of myself, as I think we all should sometimes,” says O’Dowd. “It manifests itself in your own life, so I have to [occasionally] let the air vent open a little bit to become a good person again.” READ FULL STORY

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