The Reason Charlie Hunnam Really Hates Love Scenes


It’s a good thing Charlie Hunnam didn’t play
Christian Grey. Turns out, there’s one thing the Sons of Anarchy
alum and Triple Frontier star can’t stand to do as part of his job, and it’s the one
thing many others might enjoy the most: Charlie Hunnam hates filming love scenes. In a 2017 interview with Elle, Hunnam explained
that making out with women on camera isn’t only a lot less glamorous than it appears
to be, but it’s also kind of terrifying, due in part to the fact that he’s huge germophobe. The actor told the publication, “I’ve been profoundly germophobic since I
was a young child.” Hunnam shared with Elle that his germophobia
began when he was only eight or nine years old, after having learned about a parasite
that caused blindness. He explained, “There was a parasite from dogs in the north
of England that, if you ingested it, could turn you blind. We had a thing in schools to educate the kids
about the importance of hygiene, specifically around dogs, because we had a few kids who
went blind. That horrified me.” As an adult, the actor has had a difficult
time getting intimate on screen. “You’d think that would be the best part of
the job, right?” “Yeah.” “No. I wake up in cold sweats that day.” But Hunnam’s germophobia is only part of the
reason why he hates shooting love scenes. He’s also keenly aware of the effect his job
as a leading man has on his jewelry designer girlfriend, Morgana McNelis. He told Elle, “I’m in a very committed relationship, and
I’m also cognizant that it’s not my girlfriend’s favorite part of my job.” So when Hunnam is forced to feign intimacy,
he does so knowing that there’s a fine line he’ll have to walk. Part of being an actor is making a scene believable,
which means that he has to make a real connection with the person that he’s working with. But, as he explained to Elle, it’s also important
that it’s clear that any on-set intimacy is entirely fabricated — and won’t spill over
into the real world. Hunnam said, “I try to be sensitive to the fact that we’re
doing something intimate, but also keep a clear boundary […] It’s a delicate balance
to strike – to be emotionally open enough to have an experience that feels honest between
two people but also maintain that it’s just for the film. It’s not my favorite thing to do. I don’t want to kiss anyone but my girlfriend
for my whole life.” Fortunately, Hunnam has never felt objectified
by others in the industry, and has evidently had an easy enough time getting people to
respect his feelings and understand where he’s coming from regarding love scenes. When asked if he felt more like an object
to ogle than a living, breathing person, he said, “I don’t view myself that way. I obviously am cognizant of the fact that
being handsome gives me greater breadth of opportunity. I’d hope that what I bring to the table far
surpasses just being handsome.” So, all things considered, it’s probably for
the best that the actor wound up dropping out of the first 50 Shades of Grey film back
in 2015. Hunnam had cited scheduling conflicts as the
reason for his departure – he had already promised to be in Crimson Peak – but perhaps
coming to terms with the full extent of 50 Shades of Grey’s romantic content had something
to do with pushing him in that direction. Either way, Hunnam maintains that having to
let go of playing Grey was a huge disappointment for him, especially since he had bonded with
the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson. He told Elle, “That was a somewhat traumatic experience
for me. I didn’t want to open that wound.” Call it germophobia, or call it true love
and an undying commitment to his girlfriend. Whatever the reasoning, Charlie Hunnam will
likely never be an actor who loves stripping down with his co-stars. As he explained, “The point is, everyone thinks it’s great
to be an actor and get to kiss a bunch of beautiful actresses in films, but I actually
hate it.” “I wouldn’t even use my girlfriend’s toothbrush. That’s just disgusting.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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45 Replies to “The Reason Charlie Hunnam Really Hates Love Scenes”

  1. Sex and love scenes are kind unnecessary, honestly.
    You should watch _Carnival Row_,the sex scenes in that show are SOOO long, it's ridiculous.
    If it fit into the story, that would be another thing entirely.

  2. As an aspiring actor, "It's a Damn job". Be grateful you get it and you can always quit. At least he admits that being "handsomely (malinomen challenged)" does have it perks.

  3. He’s gorgeous. I always thought he dropped out of 5SOG because he didn’t want to ruin his career and because he had too much respect for his girlfriend. 🙂

  4. Jamie Dornan was terrific for Christian Grey so I'm glad he didn't take the role. He is more of a Jax Teller that's rough and ragged than suave and entrancing like Jamie.

  5. "others might enjoy the most"? Are you suggesting that male actors enjoy kissing the MOST out of their jobs? wtf It's not the art, money, fame, women they can actually fuck outside of a movie set.. but no.. the thing they enjoy the MOST is pretend love scenes.. got it.

  6. and what a lucky girlfriend she is, that man has the perfect balance between beautiful and sexy! I can also understand why this would bother his girlfriend, actor or not you don't wanna see your man kissing and simulating sex with multiple other women, it's gotta be tough.

  7. Glad that he wasn't a part of that crap trilogy. I haven't watched it but as far as I am aware of the plot and content everything about it is so disgusting except the songs.

  8. I was so disappointed when they changed casting of Hunnam to play Christian Grey to Jamie Dornan. As soon as I heard that Hunnam was gonna be Christian Grey… I thought "Perfect! They nailed it!". Then I heard all these rumblings that the clowns in-charge changed it to the current guy… who has no spark, nothing special. And to make matters even worse they cast Dakota Johnson… who has zero sex appeal and absolutely zero chemistry with Dornan. Watching them together is like watching wet toast. I heard they had to re-shoot a lot of scenes because she was like a piece of wood.

    When Gary Marshall cast Pretty Woman, he observed the chemistry between Gere and Roberts… and it was electric, and the movie was great and timeless. The change of casting from Hunnam to Dornan (and the hiring of Johnson) for the 50 Shades franchise has to go down as one of the worst and biggest screw-ups in Hollywood history. The enormous potential of the franchise went entirely down the toilet. The books sold millions and millions of copies for a reason… people liked them. Then all the movies sucked miserably… one after another… simply because they cast two people with zero chemistry and spark. They had a good one (Hunnam) in their hands, then traded it for the bad one (Dornan).

    And I don't care if Charlie Hunnam hates kissing the actresses and is a horrible germaphobe (as is said above)… he would have been perfect, a million light years better than Dornan… because as uncomfortable as Hunnam says he is doing them, the kissing scenes that he's been in heretofore look incredible simply because the actresses look like they truly enjoy kissing him.

  9. Your an actor at the end of the day so act. Respect if his girlfriend can’t handle it but thats her problem its a profession if you don’t like it then quit acting.

  10. He doesn't like kissing women on screen because of a rare disease from dogs that can cause people to go blind.
    Yeah, I see how that makes perfect sense.

    (btw: He has no problems fucking dogs on screen though).

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