If you haven't yet or don't ever plan to read the trilogy Shades of Grey by E.L. James, then you can just skip this post. It's time to be the casting director. I don't know about you, but when I read a book, I envision the characters. What they look like, their demeanor, etc. Shades of Grey starts off immediately by describing to us the main characters' physical traits and it doesn't take much longer after that to figure out their personalities.
Now, follow me along on my "Casting for Christian Grey" journey. Here is the first guy I thought of when I started to read about Mr. Christian Grey:
Nick Zano. He portrayed a billionaire on 90210 for a couple episodes and as soon as I started to read about Christian in the beginning of Book One, I felt the same "higher than thou" attitude that his character had. Not sure if he has the star quality this film deserves though.
However, the more I read, the more I fell in love with Mr. Christian Grey and I could just not see myself really falling in love with Nick Zano. But then I started thinking about this guy...
Matt Lanter. He's my 90210 hottie and known to be the quiet, mysterious, bad boy on the show. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing his Fifty Shades because he's totally got that soft spot, just like Christian...
In case you need a few more pictures:
Let's face it - he's extremely good looking. I would not be opposed to seeing him as Mr. Grey on the big screen. But he's just missing something...
Okay, okay so aside from the 90210 men, who would I cast? Well, at the end of the day, you need more than just "the look." You need the talent. This is a deep, often dark, portrayal of a man who has unique desires, a controlling personality, but in some round-about way, just wants to love and be loved.
That said, I think this film, if casted and written well [I have no idea how they are going to edit out some of those scenes] could be amazing. I think it's going to take one of these actors to make it happen:
Oh, come on. You saw that one coming. Mr. Gosling is my man. I think he would pull off Christian Grey brilliantly. He's known for his dark roles. [Drive, Murder by Numbers, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, etc.] However, I wouldn't put him at the top of my list. Mainly because when I read the books, I don't envision him.
I envision someone more like my top two picks. Here they are...
Matt Bomer. I look at him and think, "Mr. Grey." It's his eyes especially. They are intense and distant and slightly disturbed. In fact, I think I might be falling in love with him. He's pretty much one of the most attractive men I have ever laid eyes on [Still love you, Ryan!] Sadly, he and I will, uh... never work out. But he'd play a great Christian!
And then... the one guy I said "no" to for a while. Everyone said, "yes, yes, yes!" and I just didn't see it. Didn't feel it. However, after much thought and studying of pictures [the best part] I see it now. *Note: I have a few rules. He's had several "looks" and these are the only ones I'd be okay with for the look of CG:
Ian Somerhalder. He just can't have dark black hair when he plays Christian. But that sideways smile... that will work. Definitely. I think he has the demeanor and darkness needed for this character while also being that drop-dead gorgeous Greek god that CG is.
Now, if you'll pardon me... it's time to go read and picture one of these beautiful men as Mr. Christian Grey himself. Sigh. Double sigh. I spent a lot of time on this post, believe it or not. Looking at pictures and then re-looking at them takes a lot of time!
Okay, let's open up the can of worms - who do YOU want to be cast as Christian Grey?