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Graphic sex scenes don't scare Hunnam

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LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in 50 Shades of Grey, but he says it's not a new dimension for him.

"You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career,'' he said. "I starred in the British Channel Four miniseries Queer As Folk where I played a young, gay character and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show... Now I am 16 years older and more mature so I don't anticipate them being too much of a problem. It's like anything else, just an exciting challenge.''

After months of speculation, the 33-year-old Hunnam was chosen to play Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson was cast as Anastasia Steele, the main characters in the erotic, bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James.

Hunnam talked about his hotly anticipated role on Saturday night as he attended the premiere of the sixth season of Sons of Anarchy, on which he plays the character Jax.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 9, 2013 D3

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