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Charlie Hunnam Says Gay 'Queer As Folk' Role Prepared Him for '50 Shades of Grey': VIDEO


Charlie Hunnam, who last week landed the plum role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the best-selling, racy EL James novel 50 Shades of Grey, said he's prepared for the role because of all the gay sex scenes he had to take on early in his career in the UK.

Said Hunnam in his first interview about the film:

"My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man," Hunnam said. "I mean, I'm 16- and 17-years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady."

Check out a snippet of Hunnam's work on Queer As Folk, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. OK.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 9, 2013 7:44:54 AM

  2. He was excellent in the original British QAF.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 9, 2013 7:50:20 AM

  3. He evolved from the cutest twink EVER to the hottest stud EVER.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Sep 9, 2013 7:59:56 AM

  4. I loved the original QAF. I also really liked Pacific Rim. I didn't realize Charlie Hunnam was the kid from QAF.

    Posted by: jersey | Sep 9, 2013 8:20:41 AM

  5. Umm if he was 18 when he played that roll on QAF and is 16-17 years wiser - would that not make him 34-35 and not 33? If you are going to shave a year or two off your age, you should be good at math.

    Posted by: Glen | Sep 9, 2013 8:28:03 AM

  6. and yes I realize it should be role

    Posted by: Glen | Sep 9, 2013 8:28:29 AM

  7. @Glen ... So he miscounted the years. Charlie Hunnam was born in April 1980 and was 18 when he filmed QAF (portraying a 15 year old if I recall). He's 33 now so it's 15 years later, not 16 or 17.

    Posted by: RJ | Sep 9, 2013 9:15:53 AM

  8. He became a good looking guy. I hope he is also a good actor.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Sep 9, 2013 9:48:43 AM

  9. Irrelevant.

    50 Shades is mommy porn.

    Posted by: Truthiness | Sep 9, 2013 10:02:08 AM

  10. Saw Charlie in "Pacific Rim". Great looking guy and equally good actor. He did so well on the British version of QAF. Now that he's been cast in Fifty Shades, I'll probably go see it.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 9, 2013 10:25:55 AM

  11. The actors at the original british version were way hotter than the american one. Weird...

    Posted by: ct | Sep 9, 2013 10:27:18 AM

  12. I would need more than 16-17 years to prepare for doing it with a lady... Lol. Seriously though, I expect this is going to be a flop of a film that will achieve cult status later on, like Showgirls did. The writing is so laughingly bad... How can they make such a crap book into a good movie?

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Sep 9, 2013 10:36:32 AM

  13. I curious to see what Charlie Hunnam looks-like once cleaned up and in a sharp suit vs his Jaxx character's beard, hair and tats.

    Hopefully the sexy scenes and sexual-context from the book will translate better than they were in "Exit to Eden". **shudder** ...Although Sean O'Bryan was hot in his collar.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Sep 9, 2013 11:19:10 AM

  14. If you've never seen the version of "Nicholas Nickleby" with Charlie Hunnam in the title role, opposite Jamie Bell and Anne Hathaway, run out and find it immediately. It's really good (though I admit I haven't read the book), and Hunnam and Bell give their scenes together a tenderness that is tangible. Plus, Hunnam looks simply sensational in elegant period clothes.

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 9, 2013 11:55:53 AM

  15. I'm shocked that the British Q as F was 15 years ago--how time does fly. Love Charlie Hunnam, then and now. And yes DBACK, the Charlie Hunnam Nicholas Nickleby is wonderful. Plus Dame Edna is in it!

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 9, 2013 1:02:43 PM

  16. And you realize that he's sleeping with Lord Baylish (Littlefinger) from GAME OF THRONES in that clip, right?

    Posted by: Red Seven | Sep 9, 2013 1:50:16 PM

  17. Charlie Hunnam was a beautiful boy and now he is a beautiful macho man. Google: Charlie Hunnam Shirtless and see a great photo of the good looking muscular Charlie from "Pacific Rim". Typing Charlie Hunnam and Rim in the same paragraph gave me a chub. I admit it, I'm a horn dog,

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 9, 2013 4:07:05 PM

  18. I love how all the idiots on this site only think a guy "becomes" handsome if he piles on the muscle.

    Posted by: AmericanDreamer | Sep 9, 2013 4:10:17 PM

  19. Apparently Hunnam isn't too modest to dye his hair

    He has been claiming he is a natural blonde but he isn't

    I wonder how many natural blonde men there are into adulthood

    They must be pretty few and far between!

    Posted by: AmericanDreamer | Sep 9, 2013 4:11:10 PM

  20. Yes, DBACK, Nicholas Nickleby (2002). Also in it are Nathan Lane and Barry Humphries (as his wife) and Christopher Plummer. Very entertaining.

    Posted by: stevenj | Sep 9, 2013 4:16:37 PM

  21. I bet Lord Baelish tore that hot twink ass apart.

    Posted by: FFS | Sep 9, 2013 8:53:49 PM

  22. Disappointed; when it said "sex scene" I thought it was the one where Charlie gets rimmed by Aidan Gillen (the dark-haired guy). THAT is sex, this is kissing and cuddling. Oh well, I have the DVDs.

    Posted by: DanJ | Sep 9, 2013 11:01:07 PM

  23. I thought it was the one where Charlie gets rimmed by Aidan Gillen (the dark-haired guy). THAT is sex, this is kissing and cuddling. Oh well, I have the DVDs.

    Posted by: VigRX Plus | Dec 10, 2013 7:17:37 AM

  24. how to prepare for gay sex, and how to know you'd enjoy it

    speaking from experience, i know that the more curiosity i have of the gender of the person in my bed, the more interest and "discovery-zone" type of enjoyment and fulfillment i will receive by inspecting another human's body.

    the less of a sense of gender-identity that anyone has, the more they are going to try to discover that gender. this is the thesis behind the whole "opposites attract" sensibility. as a boy, i had a sister named laurel who had a nickname for me: "GRIT". most every day, she didn't regard me as masculine enough to call me anything but a "mixture between a GIRL and an IT". as a boy, i felt outcasted from other boys because i was skinny and weak and had no athletic ability. nothing in my life told me that i was "man enough," not laurel and not my classmates and, therefore, not me. from an early age and through my teens and twenties, i did not regard myself as the perfect specimen of manhood - i did not even regard myself as a man, and it is because of the lack of masculine self-love and self-respect i had then...that i love to discover every inch of masculinity now.

    it really bothered me as a boy - not being as physically-capable as other members of my own gender were. it bothered me to feel outcasted from my own gender in the same way that straight boys must've felt outcasted from the opposite gender. this sense of feeling outcast from a gender brings to mind the little boy in madonna's "open your heart" video, always impairing his sight by holding one hand over an eye, trying to imagine seeing a girl who was inside of the strip-club that he wasn't allowed in. i enjoyed looking at strong mens' bodies because there had always been a misunderstanding of masculinity in my life, ever since i realized (and accepted) the hazy shade of "masculine" which existed within myself.

    a year or so after madonna's "vogue" video came out, i joked with scott cariddi (the fall-play director) that i was going to dress in madonna's cone-bra for halloween. i shared the transvestite's mind-set in my lack of acceptance of my own physical state of gender. i didn't regard my having a penis as a "mistake," i just didn't have enough of a sense of masculine identity to take my gender seriously.

    if i had as much masculine identity as any feminist had, i would have been a complete man. i had a masculine body and lacked a masculine identity, feminists have a masculine identity and lack a masculine body. it's too bad i had nobody to talk me into a sense of masculine self-worth when i was in school - girls' senses of masculine gender-identity are cultivated 24 hours a day ("a woman can do anything a man can do"), but i'm sure it's considered "anti-gay" (and therefore illegal) for anyone to cultivate a little boy's sense of masculine gender-identity so that he grows into a complete man (rather than into a masculivoid who's searching for the man of his dreams).

    nobody is going to have any interest in discovering members of their own gender if their sense of gender-identity corresponds to their own physical state of gender. likewise, nobody is going to have any interest in the opposite sex if their sense of gender-identity does not correspond to their own physical state of gender. that's how to prepare for gay sex, by determining if it's something you'd have enough interest in to actually enjoy.

    mr. dylan terreri, i
    dr. sheldon cooper, ii
    "When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it." - Madonna

    Posted by: dylan terreri, i | Dec 14, 2013 5:50:50 AM

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