Jamie Dornan is grateful for the wide variety of roles he’s been offered since starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise. The actor found international fame after starring as Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman with a penchant for BDSM who …
Jamie Dornan is grateful for the wide variety of roles he’s been offered since starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise.
The actor found international fame after starring as Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman with a penchant for BDSM who embarks on a new relationship with Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, in the movie adaptations of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic book trilogy between 2015 and 2018.
While the movies were poorly received by critics, they performed well at the international box office, and Dornan counts himself lucky that their success has afforded him a variety of opportunities.
“One thing with this job is to challenge myself and one thing is to keep a very large element of variety. I just wouldn’t – and I’m not trying to discredit anyone who’s in this world – but I just couldn’t be an actor who does action film after action film or, indeed, who does comedy after comedy,” he told Variety. “I’m not closed off to being in an action movie. I just don’t want to do four a year.
“And I think I’ve been lucky in everything post-Fifty Shades. There’s a lot in the market of the $5 to $15 million budget movie. And I personally believe that’s where the best scripts are. I’ve done things like Anthropoid or A Private War, and some of these movies, I’m really proud of. I’m just lucky they came my way because of the box office success of Fifty Shades.”
Dornan added that he wasn’t too concerned about being typecast after Fifty Shades because the films were so unique.
“It can’t be typecast. There aren’t a million scripts lying around about millionaires who are into BDSM,” the 37-year-old explained. “I’ve never done anything close to it since and probably never will again, because it’s kind of its own thing.”
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Jamie Dornan knew that the Fifty Shades movies would “get panned” by film critics.The 37-year-old made his debut as suave millionaire businessman Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2015, but has now confessed it was a strange decision he ha…
Jamie Dornan knew that the Fifty Shades movies would “get panned” by film critics.
The 37-year-old made his debut as suave millionaire businessman Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey back in 2015, but has now confessed it was a strange decision he had to make when he was offered the part.
“It was very odd to be honest, because you are presented with this incredible opportunity that is going to have a big impact on your life and change many things,” Jamie explained during an interview on the Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner podcast.
“To be honest, mostly financially, but again in (my) career (it) opened so many doors. But you sort of know it’s going to get panned. Very strange thing.”
While the father-of-three went on to reprise his role as the S&M loving millionaire, alongside on-screen love Dakota Johnson, in two more Fifty Shades films, the response to the movies adapted from E.L. James’ books has been polarising.
And while Jamie was aware of the negative reviews of the books, he managed to maintain a professional attitude on set, and admitted working on the movies was “a great joy”.
“You’re trying to do the best you can and make the best of it but we knew that because the books were sort of adored by many, bought by many, but panned by many, it was probably going to be the same thing for the movies,” he shared.
“It’s not like suddenly everyone who thought the book was badly written was going to be like, ‘Oh but the film’s very good.’ They were a great joy to be a part of and a crazy journey to go on, but also, above everything else, they are just a job on a film set. It’s no different than anything else; you’re just simulating more sex.”
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