Rugby star Thom Evans reveals he auditioned for lead role in Fifty Shades Of Grey
Former Scottish rugby union star Thom Evans has revealed he almost starred in Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The former Glasgow Warriors winger, who starred on this year's line-up of Strictly Come Dancing, retired from rugby in 2010 after a serious neck injury and has pursued an action career.
Speaking to Attitude, Evans revealed he was up for the part of Christian Grey, the lead in the new erotic thiller, a part which eventually went to The Fall star Jamie Dornan.
He said: "I actually went up for Jamie’s [Dornan's] role of Christian Grey. The audition was pretty tame to be honest, but it was a great experience for me. It’s such a huge project and I’d be lying to say I wouldn’t have loved to have got the role. But I think Jamie is perfect for it and I can’t wait to see it."
The role of Christian Grey was due to be filled by Sons Of Anarchy mainman Charlie Hunnam, but he ended up departing before a scene had been shot citing other commitments and a too intense workload.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the erotic drama also stars Dakota Johnson and has a supporting cast that features Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes and Victor Rasuk. It is based on the worldwide best-seller of the same name from author E.L James.
The film is due to be released into UK cinemas on February 14th next year.