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Mark Wahlberg Envisioned Brad Pitt As Christian Grey

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11/21/2013 8:28 pm
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Mark Wahlberg Envisioned Brad Pitt As Christian Grey
Media Courtesy of Hollywood Reporter

Heather O'Connell

Content Editor

Fifty Shades of Grey would have a totally different Christian Grey had Mark Wahlberg gotten his way. In the Hollywood Reporter’s Producer Roundtable the actor revealed that he was actually in a bidding war for the rights to the film earlier, before eventually losing out to Universal & Focus Features. He says he almost fired his agent over the loss. “I almost fired my agent Ari [Emanuel] over [Fifty Shades] -- not because I wanted to play the part. We were aware of the book very early on, and we were close to securing the rights, and then we get into this bidding war. We were so close to having [it]. That was one of the few times I was going to fire Ari.” Producer, Michael De Luca, who is one of the producers of the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaption joked that Wahlberg would have made a great Christian Grey. He described the role to make it sound like Wahlberg calling Grey “I mean, the woman wrote a fantasy: a square-jawed, tall, broad-shouldered, genius, billionaire Adonis ...” How did Wahlberg respond? Well he obviously denied he’d be good for the role, but he also came up with who he would have chosen for the role. “No, sounds like Brad Pitt to me.” While we’ll never get to see Pitt as the infamous Christian Grey, we did find out how Pitt influenced Wahlberg to get into producing in the first place. "I wanted to produce because I was never going to get the script first," he quipped. "I had to wait for Brad Pitt to pass.I had to wait for this one to pass. So I had to go out there and create my own thing, find material, develop it for myself and have creative control. I'd rather be behind the wheel of a car going down a highway at 200 miles per hour than in the backseat with somebody else in control. So that was it for me, and then I just loved it, and it was addictive to me. " Well looks like producing has paid off for Wahlberg with the success of the films and TV shows he’s produced, like academy award-nominated film The Fighter, and fan favorite TV series Entourage.


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