The film adaptation had trouble landing a leading man!

Ryan Gosling turned down the role of Christian Grey as did Garret Hedlund, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlie Hunnam. Hunnam actually agreed to the role momentarily but apparently got cold feet when it started to run afoul of his other work. We think he just finally realized how gratuitous the series actually was. Eventually the role would fall into the lap of Irish hunk Jamie Dornan. Dornan started off his career working as a model before dipping his toes in stardom thanks to his breakout role on the hit show, Once Upon a Time