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MANILA, Philippines – British supermodel David Gandy was another one who turned down the lead role of CEO Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the model joined the list of actors who turned down the lead, like Garrett Hedlund of Tron: Legacy and British TV star Christian Cooke. Ryan Gosling was the original prototype, but was just not interested in the role.
Although David respects the film, he felt the role just wasn’t right for him. “Critics and literary experts aren’t fans but I respect it for what it is. But was it right for me? No. It just didn’t feel right, in any way. And in my gut, it felt right to say no,” he said to Square Mile.
This wasn’t the first role he turned down. “I was offered Fifty Shades of Grey, 300: Rise of an Empire, Hercules, which a lot of people probably would have taken as actors, but I’m in the fortunate position where I like what I’m doing. I don’t feel the need to act.”
“I know if you’re in a successful film, your status changes overnight. And I’m not saying I wouldn’t, I’ve read many parts that I’d love to play, things that I’ve chosen, though, not things that’ve been sent,” he said in the same interview.
David was previously the image model of SM Men’s Fashion. He visited Manila in October 2013 to walk the runway at the Philippine Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2014. Watch Rappler’s exclusive interview with him here. – Rappler.com