Matt Bomer Responds To ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ Petition; Does’ White Collar’ Actor Want To Replace Charlie Hunnam As Christian Grey? [PHOTOS]

By Melissa Siegel September 5, 2013 3:51 PM EDT
Matt Bomer was flattered by a fan petition calling for him to star in Fifty Shades of Grey (Photo: Reuters).
Matt Bomer was flattered by a fan petition calling for him to star in Fifty Shades of Grey (Photo: Reuters).

Matt Bomer has responded to the recent petition calling for him to star in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. So does the White Collar star plan to replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey? Sadly for Bomer's fans, the actor is happy with the producers' choices of Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.

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"I'm so grateful for the fans and touched," Bomer told ET Online. "I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota."

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Still, this will likely not stop those who are outraged over Hunnam and Johnson's castings. The petition on Change.org, which also asks producers to replace Johnson with Alexis Bledel, has more than 52,000 signatures.

"Matt Bomer is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN GREY AND ALEXIS BLEDEL IS THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO REPRESENT ANASTASIA STEELE and if THEY ARE NOT, NOBODY WILL BE And I read the whole trilogy and I can assure that Matt is the perfect actor for this movie and Alexis too," the petition reads. "So please PLEASE, all of the GREYsessed and Bomerettes in the world NEED those actors. They always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. WE CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS, ANYTHING."

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More than 50,000 fans have signed the petition for Alexis Bledel and Matt Bomer to star in Fifty Shades of Grey (Photo: Reuters).
More than 50,000 fans have signed the petition for Alexis Bledel and Matt Bomer to star in Fifty Shades of Grey (Photo: Reuters).

Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel were among the many actors linked to the role before the official casting announcement earlier this week. But a Hollywood Reporter story this week claimed that Ryan Gosling and Garrett Hedlund were among the producers' initial choices for Christian Grey. But Gosling and Hudland each turned down the part, the latter because he could not connect with the character. The website also reported that Shailene Woodley had to pass on the role of Anastasia Steele because of her obligations with the Divergent franchise.

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Rumors have also swirled that Robert Pattinson was Fifty Shades author E.L. James' first pick for the role of Christian. Bret Easton Ellis, a writer who reported this news on Twitter, also claimed that neither Matt Bomer nor Ian Somerhalder were ever in the running for the job.

Despite this report, fans have apparently not let go of the idea of Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. There has been heavy backlash against the castings of Hunnam and Johnson, prompting Fifty Shades of Grey producer Dana Brunetti to release a statement on Twitter.

"There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks," he wrote. "Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc. So if your favorite wasn't cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective."

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