Mark Wahlberg wanted Fifty Shades of Grey, eyed Brad Pitt

Nov 20, 2013 at 11:13 p.m. ET

The casting drama surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey is a thing of the past. But did you know two A-list stars could have been attached to the film?

Brad Pitt

It's no secret that Mark Wahlberg is successful both in front and behind the camera. He has his hands in television and film producing titles like Entourage and Boardwalk Empire as well as the Oscar-nominated film The Fighter.

Wahlberg's come a long way from his days as Marky Mark from the Funky Bunch. He's gained a certain clout that's allowed him to become a Hollywood deal breaker. For example: Wahlberg almost produced the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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According to Perez Hilton, Wahlberg participated in a recent producers roundtable where he revealed his interest in Fifty Shades.

"I almost fired my agent Ari [Emanuel] over [Fifty Shades] — not because I wanted to play the part. We were aware of the book from very early on, and we were close to securing the rights, and then we get into this bidding war. We were so close to having [it]. That was one of the few times I was going to fire Ari."

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So, who would he have cast? Someone stated that Wahlberg fit the description of Grey. To that he responded, "No, sounds like Brad Pitt to me." Is that who Wahlberg wanted for the role?

Both Wahlberg and Pitt are both too old for the part, but would you complain? Even in their 40s and 50s, they can give these young hunks a run for their money.

The finalized cast of Fifty Shades of Grey is led by Jamie Dornan as Christian and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia. The film hits theaters Feb. 13, 2015.

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