The Vampire Diaries star took to Twitter earlier today (June 19) to speak out on suggestions that he is "desperate" for the role, despite having previously registered his interest in playing Grey in the big-screen version of EL James's erotic novel.
He also addressed those who have suggested that he would not be right for the part, tweeting: "OK ,this ChristianGrey thing has gotten out of control.Know this,Im not"desperate"to do anything except relax today.
"Be positive people.Its what makes the world go round.Relax.Hating sucks.I probably wont even get to audition for the role-don't worry. Smile:) (sic)".
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Last week, Somerhalder had acknowledged that he would like to take on the role of the billionaire CEO in the film by tweeting to Bret Easton Ellis: "Id so love to be ChristianGrey w/you&Angelina Jolie. Ive only waited 10 years to do a movie w/u.Im grown up now-no worries (sic)."
Ellis, who has gone on record as saying that he wants to write the screenplay for Fifty Shades of Grey, recently pondered the possibility of Somerhalder taking on the part, saying: "Yes, he's probably Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, and he will go all-out for it."
Alexander Skarsgård and Chris Pine have also said that they would like to play Grey in the forthcoming film.