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Charlie Hunnam opens up about '50 Shades' exit

In this Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, Charlie Hunnam, a cast member in the FX series "Sons of Anarchy," answers a reporter's question during the FX 2013 Summer TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Charlie Hunnam recently opened up to E! News, revealing what potentially drove him to drop his role on E. L. James' erotic romance novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey."

When Universal Pictures announced the 33-year-old "Sons of Anarchy" actor was cast as the film's male protagonist, Christian Grey, back in September, his fairly quiet career quickly took a turn.

Hunnam told the publication that it's been a really busy time for him but he's feeling good since leaving the role.

The actor, whose father reportedly passed away back in May, added, "I have had some family stuff going on so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family."

While Hunnam is no longer a part of the highly anticipated film, his career isn't slowing down.

"When I wrap the show ("Sons of Anarchy"), I am going to go to England and see my people and then I have a film that I am doing with Guillermo (del Toro)," he said. "So I am going to go and do that and concentrate on the final seasons of Sons."

Actress Dakota Johnson, 23, is still set to play the role of Anastasia Steele, Grey's love interest. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is now in pre-production and searching for the perfect actor to replace Hunnam.

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