If you think the presidential election has generated some heated debates, you should pop on Twitter and see the battle going on over the casting of Christian Grey!
Last month Universal Pictures purchased the dramatic rights to the “50 Shades of Grey” series for a reported 8 million dollars. (And in a move that was almost as surprising, agreed to let the author retain final say on casting – smart lady!) So while the decision belongs to Ms. E.L. James, the fans of her work have some very strong opinions on the matter.
At her Chicago appearance last week, Ms. James was quick to say it was “far too early” to talk about casting Christian Grey. Her fans obviously disagree. Not only are they talking about casting preferences, they’re setting up fan sites to support their cause.
This week I solicited the help of the both the US (@50ShadesSource) and UK (@FiftyShadesUK) fan sites in asking their followers to tweet me their votes on the “Casting of Christian Grey”. (As a side note, I don’t recommend trying this as the influx from exuberant fans kept crashing my computer!) The votes were as impassioned as they were diverse and often included photos.All in all, 33 different actor’s names were mentioned along with two voters who begged for “someone unknown” and about a dozen who said they’d like to see @ChristianTGrey play the role. (Hmm...wonder if he has an agent?)
The five actors garnering the most support were:
#5. Alex Pettyfer – 6%
#4. Matt Bomer – 7%
#3. Henry Cavill – 10% @HenryCavill_Fb
#2. William Levy – 12% @WillyLevy4CGrey
#1. Ian Somerhalder – 32% @IanForChristian
It looks like the debate over the perfect Mr. Grey will undoubtedly rage for months to come and judging by the strong opinions of her fans, Ms. James certainly has her work cut out for her.
Update: By popular demand I present the 28 other actors who received votes. Judging by the variety, it appears almost everyone envisions their “own” Christian Grey.
Josh Kloss (see him with Katy Perry here...he even has the right jeans on!), Bradley Cooper, Jensen Ackles, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Robert Pattinson, Cillian Murphy, Chase Crawford, Jessie Pavelka, Alexander Skarsgaard, Wentworth Miller, Michael Fassbender, Adam Lambert, David Boreanaz, Gabriel Aubry, Chris Pine, Eric Winter, Daniel Gillies, Colin Egglesfield, Armie Hammer, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Noth, Simon Baker, Channing Tatum, Cam Gigandet, Joe Mangiello, Paul Walker, Adam Levine, Joseph Morgan, Josh Bowman and Tyler Hoechlin.
UPDATE 7/11/12 : It seems a new candidate has become the talk of Twitter: Marco Dapper.
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