Speculation about who will be cast in the main roles of Christian and Ana is ongoing and according to the author herself, it will be awhile.
Perhaps you have already voted in some online polls or narrowed your choices down to your top 3 picks for each character. Or, can you only see one actor in each role?
And just because we are Fifty Shades of Neutral here at FStM, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have opinions on the topic off the record. We’ve surprised each other by bringing up new potential candidates in our discussions over the past few weeks, some of which come from actors/actresses you have pointed out to us. We love getting new names thrown into the mix, names that aren’t already on everyone’s radar. Case in point:
But before we hear who ultimately gets the part of Christian Grey, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at actors who we can now see had Fiftyesque qualities, even if they didn’t necessarily have a playroom to explore their kinky side in… ;)
One of the great things about the Fifty Shades fandom is that there is no age bracket defining who is reading the books, so we went way back in hopes of appealing to a broader range of FSofG fans!
1942: Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she
trips walks into mine.”
Rick Blaine was the well-dressed, successful business owner who we knew felt like he lost everything the day he watched the woman he loved walk out of his life.
1974: Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby
Mr. Gatsby was enigmatic, known for his expensive parties and riches but shielded his secrets.
1986: Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun
He was cocky, handsome, and played to win. He wanted the one woman he wasn’t supposed to have. He didn’t have a playroom, but he did have a Danger Zone, and we wanted to be in it with him.
1986 (great year!): Mickey Rourke as John in Nine 1/2 Weeks
Rich businessman. Dangerous seducer. Loved the control. Wanted to play games. Blindfolds. Need we say more?
1990: Richard Gere as Edward in Pretty Woman
Prematurely grey. Handsome. Started out as a no-nonsense, cut-throat executive. People always did as he said. But we knew he was tormented by his past, a hurt he tried to work through as he played the piano. Very Fiftyesque.
1992: Antonio Sabato, Jr. as Jagger Cates on GH
Perceived bad boy on a motorcycle, but the quiet, strong, tortured Jagger on General Hospital was a fan favorite. He rescued the girl he loved.
1994: George Clooney as Dr. Ross on ER
Now he was Fiftyesque: Confident, charming, charismatic, handsome, brooding with an insatiable sexual appetite and a penchant for breaking the rules. Despite this, in the end he was the beast that was tamed by the love and forgiveness of Nurse Hathaway.
1995: Brad Pitt as Tristan Ludlow in Legends of the Fall
A son and brother, fiercely protective of his family, tortured when he couldn’t keep them all safe. It took the love and patience of a woman willing to look deep into his soul before “he came into the quiet part of his life.”
2001: Ben Affleck as Capt. Rafe McCawley in Pearl Harbor
Yes, Captain! The old-fashioned love story in the first half of Pearl Harbor completely swept us off our feet and so did the mature, responsible, respectable character!
2003: Ed Burns as Jake Vig in Confidence
Smooth talking, tall, and convincing–perfect combination for everything he tried to get away with in his ‘profession.’
2003-2010: Julian McMahon as Dr. Christian Troy in Nip/Tuck
He craved constant pleasure. Sexually adventurous to the point it almost always got him into trouble, but his forceful pushing…of the envelope, that is…was half the fun of watching that show!
Note: We wonder if the show’s creator Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) ever considered giving Dr. Troy a playroom.
2005-2012: Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds
Protective, intelligent, and keeps a cool head. Fit to Fight. A history of losing his father and sexual abuse as a child altered his life but also drove him to succeed. Sexy takin’ down the bad guys!
We know we left so many others off of this post, but that’s where you come in! Take the opportunity to tell us in the comments what other characters you’ve loved over the years that resonate with our beloved Fifty.
Is there a movie or tv character you truly loved in the past that reading FSoG rekindled your love for? Have you rewatched the movie or show recently with new Fiftyesque eyes?
Remember, it’s not just the actor, but the traits of a character he played!
Note: Current fan favorites, such as Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill, Matt Bomer, Alexander Skarsgard, Alex Pettyfer, etc., were omitted for the purpose of this post. We agree that they all have their own Fiftyesque qualities :)