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'Fifty Shades' casting backlash begins

Outraged fans have already started a petition to replace the newly appointed stars

By Corwin Neuse Sep 3, 2013 12:59PM
Mere hours after the news broke that Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam had been cast as Antastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, in the upcoming "50 Shades of Grey" adaptation, a massive online backlash has already started, with outraged fans taking to Twitter and other social media to voice their displeasure, throw around insults and casually drop death threats, etc. According to The Hollywood Reporter, some have even taken to to petition the studio to re-cast the film with Matt Bomer ("Magic Mike") and Alexis Bledel (the CW's "Gilmore Girls"). So far, over five thousand people have added their names—in less than 24 hours!—making this campaign slightly more successful than that other one you signed last week that was actually important.

Of course, this petition is about as likely to succeed as that other one, too. As "50 Shades" producer Dana Brunetti pointed out on Twitter, "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." And who's to say that Bledel and Bomer would have had any chemistry? Or even wanted to do it? Or didn't have very pertinent scheduling conflicts, like that "Gilmore Girls" convention in Toledo?

What do you think, Hitlisters? Where do you come down on the Great "50 Shades" Casting Controversy of 2013? As always, let us know in the comments, or tell us on MSN Movies Facebook and Twitter.
Sep 4, 2013 2:06AM
There are more important issues than the upset towards the casting in a movie.... Get a life people.
Sep 4, 2013 2:57AM
who actually cares? are people's lives so dull and pathetic they have to become obsessed with books like this? You can choose to NOT see the movie......
Sep 4, 2013 2:02AM
I love Charlie Hunnam.  As Jax in Sons of Anarchy he is sensual and mean, vulnerable and tender.  Isn't that Christian Grey?  Dakota Johnson looks beautiful and naive.  I think this will work out just fine.

Sep 4, 2013 2:53AM
First world problems at their finest.
Sep 4, 2013 3:06AM
Who cares !! More important things to be concerned about then this.
Sep 4, 2013 5:32AM
Death threats?  Anyone who makes threats over movie casting needs to get out of the house and away from the Hollywood buster and get a life of their own.
Sep 4, 2013 4:28AM
Everyone who watches "Sons of Anarchy" knows that Charlie Hunnam is a really good actor with all sorts of flexibility from being sexy, good and sympathetic to ice cold cunning and evil at times.  I have absolutely no idea of what "Shades" is about, but I am more interested in actually seeing it due to the lead picks now! 
Sep 4, 2013 1:24AM
I find this hilarious that people think that there is that much difference between Bomer, Pattinson, and Hunnam. Die Hunnams hair and he looks just like the other two, just in better shape and more attractive to the eye. Who cares, it will be a stupid movie that doesn't follow the book anyway.
Sep 4, 2013 4:13AM
They should have cast Betty White and Professor Irvin Corey.  PERIOD!
Of course, there's not one complaint from any of those get-a-lifers about the crummy story itself!  Anytime a novelist "needs" lots of illicit sex, and a truckload of four-letter words, that's a method of covering up lousy writing.  It is still possible to write a good story without any of that filth.
Sep 4, 2013 1:54AM
What the hell is '50 Shades of Grey'? Never heard of it.
Sep 4, 2013 1:29AM

I wish people would get a grip and let those in the biz do their job.  The movie is about the story and is not a popularity contest for 'your' favorite actor.  The people making these decisions get paid the big bucks for a reason.  I am sure none of these "haters" has ever taken on the responsibility of being a casting director, producer or what not.  Go back and read the book(s) and let them make the film!


Sep 4, 2013 4:27AM
I am a fan of both and I think the casting is brilliant.
Sep 4, 2013 4:25AM
First of all, why do you think Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder fit the description of Christian Grey?  Neither one of them have the right hair color.  Who's to say they won't look completely ridiculous with "copper" colored hair, which is how Christian is described in the book.  Everyone needs to relax...the producer and director know what they are doing.  Why don't all you critics just wait to see the movie before unleashing your insults. 
Sep 4, 2013 2:35AM
Why don't those morons just go out and rent a couple of porno movies, because that's ALL those three books are !! I only read parts of the first book to see just how necessary the filthy parts are, and they ARE NOT NECESSARY AT ALL!  She just put them in to titillate readers because if you read a few paragraphs just before the dirty parts and a few after, they don't add anything to the story line!
Sep 4, 2013 3:58AM
50 Shades of Lame will get made one way or another and people will go see it, no matter who's in it.  That's just fact.  Twilight was bad enuff, people.  Now you've resorted to horribly written fanfiction.  Geesh
Sep 4, 2013 1:35AM

@rtngrl - forgive me for being a man ... and I haven't read the books.  This is my first troll BTW. All I ask is this: judging by the opinions of the scores of women ages 18-28 I work and live with, exactly how much "innocence" is required for this role in a film adaptation? Five minutes? Maybe twenty if the movie is 2 hours long and badly adapted?  There is also no "spin" in a movie, dear (at least if it is based on a fictional pop book). "Spin" denotes the careful choice of facts to support an opinion. The producer was pretty "vanilla" in stating just plain normal facts about the trials and travails of casting a highly anticipated niche film adaptation of a bestseller. "Vanilla" denotes safe and non-confrontational.

 I'm sorry if you cannot up-vote this. Honestly, check the IP. I simply have not trolled before. It's my first day.

@Flong777 - right on

Sep 4, 2013 3:47AM
Who cares anyhow?  I haven't read the books but as far as I can tell, all they are is porn anyways...maybe they should get ron jeremy and whoever the newest poptart of the month is to do it.
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