Who told Eddie Redmayne he couldn't play Christian Grey?

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Eddie Redmayne arrives at the LA Premiere Of "The Theory Of Everything" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Eddie Redmayne as Marius, left, and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette in a scene from "Les Miserables." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, James Fisher)
In this photo provided by Tandem Communications and released on Nov 7, 2009, British actor Eddie Redmayne is seen as film-character "Jack" in a set of Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" filmed in the Astra Studios in Fot, near Budapest, Hungary. "The Pillars of the Earth" is an eight-hour adaptation of the nearly 1,000-page bestseller about the construction of an English cathedral in the 12th century. The series is being shot in Hungary and Austria and will be ready by June 2010. (AP Photo/Hand Out/Tandem Communications)
Actor Eddie Redmayne arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday April 14, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Eddie Redmayne seen at Focus Features Los Angeles premiere of "The Theory of Everything" on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014, in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Focus Features/AP Images)
Eddie Redmayne arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Eddie Redmayne arrives at the LA Premiere Of "The Theory Of Everything" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Eddie Redmayne seen at Focus Features Los Angeles premiere of "The Theory of Everything" on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014, in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Focus Features/AP Images)
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones seen at "The Theory of Everything" World Premiere at 2014 TIFF on Sunday, Sep. 7, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Focus Features/AP Images)
Actors Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe pose for photographers on the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday Feb. 16, 2014, in London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the press conference of the film Les Miserables at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
From left, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne attend the NBC Golden Globe After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 in . (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the premiere for "Les Miserables" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne arrive on the red carpet for the World Premiere of 'Les Miserables' at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Eddie Redmayne poses for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Toronto, Canada. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
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Charlie Hunnam isn't the only hunky British actor that almost played the titular role in the upcoming adaptation of best-selling erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne admitted that during a press junket for the film, a reporter asked if he would consider the part of kinky businessman Christian Grey. He said yes, but soon received backlash from the trilogy's author, E.L. James.

"She took to her Twitter feed to go, 'Under no circumstances!'" Redmayne recalls. "I was like, all right, all right! Am I that bad? I can put a whip in my hand. I can get all kinky, can't I?"

The part of Grey eventually went to Redmayne's fellow countryman Jamie Dornan, with whom the actor shared more than just casting calls when they both moved to Hollywood to begin their careers.

"We were staying on friends' agents' floors, and renting places together," Redmayne says of the group of young British actors, which included Dornan,Andrew Garfield, and Tom Sturridge. "We used to go to the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood and split a sandwich between us because that meant we could get cheaper parking."

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There seems to be no love lost for Redmayne, who landed his own juicy role this year. The actor will portray acclaimed British physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic The Theory of Everything, which comes out November 7, and is already generating Oscar buzz. An statue would be nice, but for Redmayne, the real award is Hawking's approval.

"This moment when he saw the film and the family saw the film and approved, it was like the greatest compliment I could have hoped for," the actor gushes. "And the fact that audiences seem to be seeing it and enjoying it, my god that makes me incredibly happy and I'm very lucky for it."

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