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Shortly after it was announced that Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, a source revealed exclusively to E! News that it wasn't a "surprise" because "the attention and the pressure was intense."
But perhaps the hunky actor was foreshadowing his discomfort of being in the spotlight during a telling interview over the summer, while offering us some insight into his future decision to drop out of portraying the role of smoldering S&M fetishist Christian Grey.
When asked during a Nerdist podcast on July 8, while promoting the science-fiction thriller Pacific Rim, if he thinks being noticed is a detriment to his career, the British blue-eyed thesp did not shy away from his views on fame.
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"Well, it certainly gets in the way of life," the Sons of Anarchy star explained to host Chris Hardwicke. "I have no interest in fame at all. I feel like I act to keep the massive, perpetual existential crisis that I'm always on the brink of, away."
He added that when he was growing up, film was a great distraction from his everyday life.
"I grew up really loving film, it was the place that I went to escape the brutal reality or just the boring minutia of day-to-day life," Hunnam said. "Film was the thing that gave my life some real excitement or worth."
Hunnam also gave the impression that he feels slightly uncomfortable receiving excessive attention when asked what advice he would give to aspiring actors.
"People say to me sometimes, ‘How can I become famous,'" Hunnam said. "And I say, ‘Well, there's a million ways to become famous. Not all of them positive.' Rob a few banks. There's many ways to become famous. If you want to become an actor and tell stories, then maybe we can have a conversation."
But when it comes to success, he admits that there is a "mystical quality" about it.
"The people that I've seen succeed and, not only succeed in achieving their goals, but succeed in finding some happiness in achieving those goals, are the ones who have a real desire to be storytellers," he said. "I mean, specifically with acting, but I think it applies to all walks of life. The people that have integrity and a real passion for the thing, rather than the trappings of the thing."
So, Charlie's out. But who is in?!