29/10/2014 08:20 GMT | Updated 29/10/2014 08:59 GMT

Eddie Redmayne Could Have Played Christian Grey In '50 Shades Of Grey'... If Only E.L. James Had Let Him (VIDEO)

Eddie Redmayne has revealed he auditioned for the role of Christian Grey in the forthcoming big screen adaptation of '50 Shades Of Grey' but didn't get the part because author E.L. James vetoed it.


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Brit actor Charlie Hunnam was initially cast as the lead before he was replaced by 'The Fall' star Jamie Dornan, but Eddie has revealed he was also up for the part.

Eddie Redmayne

Now, in an interview with Variety magazine, the 'Les Miserables' star has explained why he lost out on the role - and it was all down to the book's author, E.L. James, who shot down his chances in a very public way.

"She took to her Twitter feed to go 'under no circumstances' I was like, 'alright, alright… am I that bad? I can put a whip in my hand. I can get all kinky, can't I?'... Apparently not," he told the magazine.

It all turned out alright in the end though as Eddie went on to be cast as Stephen Hawking in the forthcoming 'The Theory Of Everything'.

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