"I was really, really, sorry to do it. It was one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't situations."
The role of Christian eventually went to British actor Jamie Dornan, who will star opposite Dakota Johnson in the film set to be released on Valentine's Day 2015.
In the first two-and-a-half-minute trailer, we see Christian and Anastasia (Dakota) meet for the first time when Anastasia, a shy literature student interviews the tortured billionaire.
The two begin a relationship - but Anastasia soon realises that Christian may not be telling her the whole truth about his private life.
Click here to watch the saucy Fifty Shades of Grey trailer - http://youtu.be/z4nJX8snP4s