‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell Confirms ’50 Shades of Grey’ Audition

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Stephen Amell is the actor behind superhero Oliver Queen on The CW’s show Arrow, which was recently renewed for a second season. When he’s not busy filming, he likes to keep in touch with his fans on Facebook and keep them up to date on his life and career.

One of the questions that Amell has been asked a lot, perhaps due to the fact that he plays a handsome billionaire playboy in Arrow, is whether he’d be interested in playing the role of another handsome billionaire playboy – one with a large collection of sex toys and disciplinary devices. Namely, the sexual sadist Christian Grey in Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

The novel infamously originated as a Twilight fan-fiction and, although it has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, has been largely dismissed by literary critics and condemned for its “stereotyped and indefensible” portrayal of a dominant-submissive sexual relationship by members of the BDSM community.

Apparently this hasn’t discouraged Amell from taking an interest in the project. In one of a series of video responses to frequently asked questions, the actor confirmed that he has been approached for the role:

“I get questions about Christian Grey all the time. That project is a long way off. I know this because I had a meeting about it. Long way off. I mean, not that long, but not close. I wouldn’t call it long. But I wouldn’t call it close.”

Amell did not reveal details about the meeting, or give much indication of how much interest he has in the role, and therefore it’s likely that he’s just one of several actors that are in line to play Christian Grey. The real question here is¬†not¬†whether Stephen Amell is right for the role, but whether the role is right for Stephen Amell.

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When rumors arose that Emma Watson was attached to play protagonist Anastasia Steele, she was simultaneously amused and affronted by the idea that anyone would ever believe such a rumor, asking her Twitter followers, “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”

There’s no denying that the film carries a certain stigma, though it’s less to do with the abundance of sexual content (screenwriter Kelly Marcel has described her script as “raunchy” and insists that the final film will be NC-17) than with the book’s reputation as nothing more than an unusually kinky bodice-ripper, with little substance or complexity and an abundance of dodgy writing. I don’t envy the actor who ends up having to say, “Feel it, baby,” with a straight face.

I could be wrong, of course, and may be forced to eat my words if Fifty Shades of Grey turns out to be the next Shame or Secretary. If that happens, you’ll be sure to find my inner goddess “down on bended knee with her hands clasped in supplication.”

Fifty Shades of Grey‘s theatrical release is … well, not a long way off. But not close. We’ll keep you up to date on any further news.

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  1. Stephen you handsome bastard why?

  2. Why don’t they just play it straight and cast Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart?

    • Lol. This comment just made my day.

  3. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo……

  4. It needs Jason Statham

    • And Nic Cage.

      • Yessssss the chemistry between those two would be magical.

        • I couldn’t agree more

  5. Be funny if he was cast alongside Emma Watson then midway through an intense sex scene, he screams at her “you have failed this city!”

    Or maybe that’d just be me?

    • Ok, I won’t lie, tat made me laugh out loud.

      • Got me too. It’s good a work by myself and not in a normal office. I would almost go see this movie if it had a scene like that.

    • OMG Since I watch Arrow I just died! lmao well played!

  6. Amell should stay away from this train wreck. He’s got a nice budding career starting, he doesn’t need this soft core porn, errr….I mean realistic movie to further it. He’s going to be a superstar, he’s going to be offered bigger and better roles than this so he doesn’t need this garbage. Stay away Stephan, just stay away.

    • Stallone and Schwarzenegger appeared in horrible soft porn movies early on in their careers and we’ve seen great actors and actresses appear in nude or sex fuelled scenes for decades so considering the success of the books (even if a lot of us see them as the terrible writing they actually are), I’d say Amell’s career will skyrocket if he’s cast.

      • especially if he gives us a full frontal shot… god let there be a full frontal shot!!!!

      • @ Dazz

        I hear you, but the list of actors that do this kind of crap and don’t go on to have big careers is far longer than the list of those that do. They should just cast a no name actor.

    • He actually has some “experience” with this kind of stuff. He played a male prostitute in a cancelled HBO show called Hung.

  7. Love this write-up of the Amell news. You certainly did your research Miss Shaw-Williams ;)

  8. They should cast Steve Buscemi and Rihanna

    • Oh pretty cool but I was thinking that Steve BUscemi could better work as Dr Strange and… WHAT IS GOING ON WITH YOU!?

    • super likey…hehehe

  9. Really??? do we really need to see ANY MORE pictures of this guy with his shirt off???

    • I know, right? Are those abs or ‘tumahs’?

  10. Michael Bay should direct this one.

    • He’d take the term “explosive climax” to a whole ‘nother level.

      I also feel like Hannah needed to take a shower after writing this article.

    • George Lucas.

      • Jar Jar Binks would be awesome as Christian Grey

    • JJ Abrahams! put some flares in there!

      • Chris Nolan needs to direct this, so he can ground it in reality. Maybe he would finally make a good movie? Nah…..probably not.

  11. Jason Statham? Nic Cage? Michael Bay? Why not cast Michelle Rodriguez as the main character while we’re at it?

  12. Ok…did nobody see the movie “love and other drugs?” with Jake Gyllenhal and Anne Hatheway? Like seriously? it might as well have been called “sex and more sex” …if people are going to to be so prude about fifty shades, then its simple, don’t watch it…I don’t like watching shows that involve kids being abducted and murdered, so I stay away from “law & order SVU”…but I don’t dis it…I happen to think 50 shades was a great book, and it wasn’t filled with that much sex…like it could have been worse…the movie will be great :)

  13. He said he had a meeting, not an audition. If anything they’re prob doing preliminary meetings with potentials right now. He never said who he met with either, could’ve just been his own reps. EL James said on twitter the other day that the casting process hasn’t even began, and they still need a director before they actually start casting.

  14. So who do you guys have directing 50 Shades of Sex… Emm… Grey? If the producers want the film to be taken seriously, my candidates would be:
    David Cronenberg
    Darren Aronofsky
    Ang Lee
    Niels Arden Oplev

  15. just another none sense piece, for sure it will be a hit…darn it

  16. @bitter pill or maybe chris nolan… tried reading the novel,and didnt finish it

  17. I saw the video clip of him saying about the role


    And it seems like he is trying not to give too much away but I reckon by his expression it was more than just a ‘talk’

  18. Seriously, he would be perfect for this role. He was made for it. What is he doing in Arrow but hiding a double life? It’s the same! He has a quiet confidence and constantly does the serious yet almost smirk/smile face all the time. My biggest concern?? What’s he gonna look like with more hair lmfao

    Honestly though, I thought Robert Pattinson was a stupid choice at first, then when I saw the movie… Yeah it’s all good lol

  19. Stephen Smell is not Christian Grey….Henry Cavill IS…masculine and a face to gawk at…Really handsome.

  20. I sexy plz txt me back at treyrogers48@yahoo.com bye an talk to yea late baby