Charlie Hunnam left Fifty Shades of Grey film over 'discomfort' about taking part

The fee for the role of Christian Grey was reportedly $125,000 (£78,000)

Charlie Hunnam's dramatic exit from the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t simply down to scheduling conflicts, according to sources familiar with the project.

It was believed that the actor didn't have time to film both his hit TV show Sons of Anarchy and the raunchy role of sadistic businessman Christian Grey, but it has now been claimed that felt a degree of "discomfort" about taking the apart.

The Hollywood Reporter alleged that Hunnam was plunged into a publicity frenzy following the announcement that he'd won the role, and Universal had to hire bodyguards for the actor at a Sons of Anarchy event.

Hunnam apparently had his own ideas about the character, which were well received. However, he was denied further influence on the script.

A source told the publication: "That's Charlie, that's who he is. He's particular."

Hunnam is alleged to have had disagreements with the film's creative team, including director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and despite being paid $125,000 (£78,000) for his role in the film and being advised to stick with the movie by his own representatives, he left the production less than a month before filming was due to start.

Jamie Dornan, Christian Cooke and Alexander Skarsgard have been rumoured as replacements for Hunnam, while Dakota Johnson remains in the lead role of Anastasia Steele.