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Fifty Shades of Grey broke box office records last weekend, raking in $266 million across the globe. Irish actor Jamie Dornan plays the lead role of dashing billionaire Christian Grey, who has a spanking good time with Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele. Movie critic reviews are mixed regarding the chemistry between these two, but fans of the E.L. James book don’t seem to be complaining. However, Dornan was not a clear-cut choice for the role when casting for the film was underway. Lots of other actors were in the running at one point or another. Here are 10 actors who might have played Christian Grey before Jamie Dornan scored the part.

1. Ryan Gosling

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Gosling was “the original prototype for the 27-year-old billionaire with a penchant for S&M”. The author, E.L. James, apparently had him in mind when writing the book and we can see him playing this smoldering, conflicted character. However, Gosling himself was never really interested. He doesn’t do sequels, and this role is destined to be a trilogy.

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