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Okay, 50 Shades of Grey fans. We get it. You loved the book, and you're worried that some Hollywood dimwits are going to ruin the movie. But a petition to kick out the actors that Focus Features chose to play the leads? Really?
Over 20,000 people have now signed a petition on Change.org to drop Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson and replace them with White Collar's Matt Bomer and Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel. Not that Bomer and Bledel were even in the running. But so zealous are the fans of this book series, they've been carrying out their own fantasy casting sessions online, with Bomer and Bledel emerging as favorites.
Someone even edited clips of Bledel and Bomer into a steamy, two-minute, unofficial trailer based on E.L. James' novel, with the actors in the roles of the main characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. It's not bad, for a fake. Watch here:
Producer Dana Brunetti has had to publicly defend the casting choice of Hunnam and Johnson, after alternatives like Ryan Gosling and Garrett Hedlund didn't pan out for Christian, and Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley didn't work out for Anastasia. She tweeted this response:
There is a lot that goes into casting that isn't just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.— Dana Brunetti (@DanaBrunetti) September 2, 2013
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.— Dana Brunetti (@DanaBrunetti) September 2, 2013
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was Hunnam and Johnson's "chemistry read" that sealed their contracts. (Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall for that?) And there's no denying Hunnam's sexy potential. (Check out this photo.) Frankly, we feel for these young actors, who don't deserve such negative press as they step into their first major onscreen roles. (Hunnam is best known for his role on Sons of Anarchy, while Johnson's biggest role has been in last year's short-lived sitcom, Ben & Kate.)
Seriously, learning that there's a petition to have you sacked must be, well, unpleasant for Hunnam and Johnson. Of course, they can take solace in the fact that Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck is going through the same thing right now!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.