We all know how crazy and fanatical fanboys can be, but even the angriest Batman fan doesn’t have anything on the fringe factions of the Fifty Shades of Grey army. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has hired bodyguards to keep star Charlie Hunnam safe leading up and through the shooting of Fifty Shades of Grey.
The protection for Charlie Hunnam extends beyond just the set of Fifty Shades of Grey, as the report from THR states Universal hired bodyguards to protect Hunnam not on the studio lot, but at the September 7th premiere of Hunnam’s show Sons of Anarchy. The Hollywood Reporter clarifies that the extra security was hired and paid for by Universal and not FX, although the network is likely grateful for the help.
THR hears that extra security was hired for the 33-year-old during FX’s Sept. 7 Anarchy premiere in Hollywood and that it was Fifty Shades studio Universal, not the TV network, footing the bill to protect its new leading man.
THis is just another in a long line of examples demonstrating how crazy some fans can be. It’s unclear whether Universal was made aware of specific threats made towards Charlie Hunnam, but the internet chatter laced with Hunnam hate was obviously enough.
The studio will be looking out for their star, who ironically needed protection at the premiere of a show where he plays the leader of a ferocious motorcycle gang.