PolicyMic recently jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon by compiling a list of actors who might be right for the role of the teenage Christian Grey. Interestingly, one young man who made the list has yet to be mentioned by the media at large. That's odd because he's "way famous." Furthermore, he possesses a six degrees of separation style connection to E. L. James' inexplicably--er--phenomenally successful bestselling "mommie porn" novel which was originally conceived as Twilight fan fiction. Yes, he's that other Twilight heart-throb, Taylor Lautner.
Of course, whether the young Christian Grey will be included in the 50 Shades of Grey movie is unknown. If it is included, it will reportedly no doubt be in the form of flashbacks to his teen years when he was a novice submissive owned and trained by an older woman who was his mother's BFF. Apparently, such a flashback will probably be included to explain "Grey's BDSM origins...[which] offer a glimpse to the past of this complex character." In other words, audience members unfamiliar with the BDSM scene probably won't know that one learns to be a good "S" by first being a good "M."
PolicyMic's list of possible young Christian Greys included names as famous as Zac Efron who was number one, Logan Lerman, the talented but physically laughable Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, and even the scrofulously unattractive and unfailingly annoying Shia LaBeouf. (Ugh)
Taylor Lautner was listed at number two. And even the most devoted Team Edward twihards would agree that TLaut possesses both the physical beauty and the star quality to flesh out the role of the youthful SM nutjob--er--stud muffin, Christian Grey. Furthermore, the role might give Lautner the career boost he seems to need. His first post Twilight film, Abduction, was greeted by bad reviews and mediocre box office receipts. And he seems to have done little or nothing else since. Fifty Shades of Grey might be just the vehicle he needs to pull him out of his current career doldrums and prove to the world (and possibly himself as well) that he is not a "one trick pony."
You go, TLaut. Good luck.
Â© Hope Carson 2012
Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.