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No Shades of Grey in actor's 'new chapter'

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CHARLIE Hunnam is looking forward to a "new chapter" in his life after stepping away from the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The English actor spoke to Eonline this week at a charity event. While he was not directly asked about dropping out of the closely watched film project earlier this month, he did offer some explanations.

Hunnam explained that he's concentrating on his work on the FX series Sons of Anarchy as well as personal issues (his father Billy died in May).

"I have had some family stuff going on so (I am) just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive," he said.

Sons of Anarchy, currently shooting it's sixth season, will wrap shortly. After a break the cast will start their final season.

"It's obviously going to be a really emotional time for us," Hunnam said of his castmates. "We are like a family and have become very, very close and become dear friends to each other. So it's going to be sad to finish up and say goodbye to everyone. But we've got like 13, maybe even a few more, episodes."

"But I just want to finish that strong and go on to a new chapter of life," he said.

Hunnam said he also has a movie with Guillermo del Toro, his director on Pacific Rim. Hunnam took pains to point out that the plans for this movie had in been in place long before he dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey.

"So I am going to go and do that and concentrate on the final seasons of Sons," said Hunnam.

The role of Christian Grey, vacated by Hunnam, has still not been filled.

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 24, 2013 C17

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