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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out
After Batfleck and HunGrey, what were the biggest casting furores?

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The internet has given humanity many advantages and opportunities in the last decade or two, and one of those is the chance to share your opinion on film casting before a frame of footage is shot. As soon as an actor is chosen for a hotly contested role, the internet starts to melt down as people debate why he or she will or won’t rule or suck - as shown in the last couple of weeks by the casting of Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam in hot-button roles. There were casting controversies before, of course, but online in the last few years it’s stepped up to a whole new level. Here are the biggest casting kerfuffles old and new, and how they turned out…

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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Charlie Hunnam IS Christian Grey
Charlie Hunnam IS Christian Grey

The film: 50 Shades Of Grey (2014)

The actor: Sons Of Anarchy’s finest and recently blockbuster star of Pacific Rim.
The character: Billionaire S&M devotee

When the we-can’t-believe-they-are-actually-making-it ‘literary’ adaptation announced its casting this week, there was something of a stir among fans, who have been campaigning for months on behalf of White Collar’s Matt Bomer on the basis that he’s wildly charming and also exactly as the character is described on the page. Instead, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author EL James have gone for Hunnam (and, presumably, some hair dye) as the billionaire S&M addict who’s into domination, particularly vis-à-vis young Anastasia Steele – also announced as Dakota Johnson. Can Hunnam wield the whip convincingly? James seems happy and says (according to Bret Easton Ellis) that Bomer was never in the running.

The fans preferred: Matt Bomer. There’s currently a petition out there with 20,000 signatures asking for Bomer to be cast, with Alexis Bleidel as Anastasia Steel (Johnson’s role).

The result: Only time will tell if this leaves us in the red room of pain or communing with our inner goddess.

Vote: What would you have done?

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