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Robert Pattinson could have played Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades films
The star was the early frontrunner to take the male lead role in the adaptations of EL James’s books, especially as it was his work in Twilight that effectively inspired them.
However, the role went to Charlie Hunnam, who was soon replaced by Jamie Dornan.
Now, Pattinson has revealed that it was the physical aspect of the role that persuaded him against taking it.
“I sometimes look at stuff and go, ‘You have to work out too much. It is going to be exhausting’,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
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“I have tried. I don’t understand how people do it at all.
“I will go to the gym sometimes. I will have one week on and three months off. I will genuinely try and not go when other people are there.”
The star also revealed that he met James at a party – and probed her for her sexual fantasies.
“I know the writer of the book, and before any of that [casting process] happened, I had met her in Chateau Marmont,” he recalled.
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“Her friend told me, ‘That is EL James, she wrote Fifty Shades of Grey’, and I was a little bit drunk and I literally kept forcing her to tell me every one of her fantasies and it was fun. I was absolutely terrified.”
Fifty Shades’ film trilogy is now nearing its end, after second instalment Fifty Shades Darker was released earlier this year.
It recently rocketed to the top of the UK’s DVD and Blu-ray chart after similar success in the US.
Fifty Shades Freed, which has already been filmed, will follow next February.