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Matt Bomer responds to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' petition

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The months-long search to find two actors to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele came to an end this past Monday when Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were officially cast in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" feature film.

But before the ink could even dry on their contracts, fans launched a petition to get Hunnam and Johnson replaced with two "more suitable" actors: Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.

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As of this morning, 40,000 people had signed the petition posted to It reads: "Matt Bomer is the perfect description of Christian Grey, and Alexis Bledel is the perfect actress to represent Anastasia Steele, and if they are not, nobody will be, and I read the whole trilogy and I can assure that Matt is the perfect actor for this movie and Alexis too. So please PLEASE, all of the GREYsessed and Bomerettes in the world NEED those actors. They always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. WE CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS, ANYTHING."

ETonline caught up with Bomer to talk about the October 17 season premiere of "White Collar" and, naturally, had to get his take on the hubbub. "I'm so grateful for the fans and touched," Bomer tells ETonline exclusively. "I'm looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota."

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So while "Fifty Shades" fans won't get to see Bomer crack the whip, they will get to see a slightly naughtier version of his "White Collar" character, Neal Caffrey, in Season 5.

"We're definitely embracing more of a bad boy version of Neal this year," Bomer tells me. "Neal's starting to realize that he doesn't have to be a good boy all the time, and that maybe not doing the right thing is what he's best at."

Sep 5, 2013 2:04PM
I think Charlie will be great in this role. It's good to see that he is being recognized for his talents and not just seen as an outlaw biker.
Sep 5, 2013 2:47PM
I'm pretty sure if HE wanted to do that role that he would have tried for it. We cannot force an Actor to play a role he doesn't want to do!!
Sep 5, 2013 3:26PM
I know little or nothing about Dakota, but Charlie Hunnam is a great actor and will do a fine job. You people that sign petitions over meaningless crapola like this need to seriously get a life. It is a movie!! I was a little bummed when Tom Cruise got the Jack Reacher part, he is a foot shorter than Reacher and 75 pounds lighter, it was still a decent movie. Guess what, I got over my pique in a hurry, as I have more important things to think about.
Sep 5, 2013 10:22AM
Sep 5, 2013 3:57PM
Charlie will be amazing. I have been watching him for years on Sons of Ararchy. They totally got it right. I think that people that have this petition going are ridiculous. Maybe you should you use that energy for causes that really matter!! Perspective people! Its a movie!!!
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