As I ponder the casting of Christian Grey I’ve started to wonder about all these stars whose names keep coming up, like Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling, etc the list goes on and on and on. The more I think of it, the less I like any of them.
Yes, I see some great acting out of them and see glimpses of Christian Grey in each of them. But in the end, none of them is the whole package. Nope, not even Matt Bomer. Don’t worry, it’s not that I think any of these are bad choices, just not the perfect fit.
Here’s the problem, all of these actors are established, but tend to be associated with one character they have played. I’ll always see Damon in Ian Somerhalder’s smirk, or Thor in Chris Hemsworth.
With an unknown, the actor will have the chance to really make the character their own, Their acting in the movie wont get mixed up with their previous work. They have a clean slate and so does the audience. Of course there is the whole issue of the people who ONLY want their choice and WONT watch if someone else is selected. With an unknown you might be unhappy it wasn’t your choice, but you also wont be against him because of any preconceive ideas about them.
How do you feel about having an unknown play Christian Grey?