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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Emilia Clarke turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to get naked onscreen again.The British actress was among the stars considered to play Anastasia Steele in the 2015 adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, with the…
Emilia Clarke turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to get naked onscreen again.
The British actress was among the stars considered to play Anastasia Steele in the 2015 adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, with the film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
However, Emilia has now shared that she rejected an offer to portray the leading lady as she was sick of being asked questions about disrobing for hit TV series Game of Thrones, in which she played Daenerys Targaryen.
“Well, Sam (Taylor-Johnson) is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful. But the last time that I was naked on camera on (Game of Thrones) was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” she said during The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actress Roundtable, which also included Patricia Arquette, Michelle Williams, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash. “And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character – I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my t**s, for God’s sake. So, that coming up, I was like, ‘I can’t.'”
Emilia went on to explain that she also feared being “pigeonholed” in Hollywood.
“I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation,’ and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question,'” the 32-year-old commented.
Anastasia was ultimately played by Dakota Johnson, while the part of Christian Grey went to Jamie Dornan. The duo reprised their roles for the two follow-up films in the franchise; 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker and 2018’s Fifty Shades Freed.
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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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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan worked with sex toy experts on the Fifty Shades films, so they looked like they would know what they were doing during steamy scenes. The couple’s characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, test the bounds of sado…
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan worked with sex toy experts on the Fifty Shades films, so they looked like they would know what they were doing during steamy scenes.
The couple’s characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, test the bounds of sado-masochism in the movie trilogy, based on E.L. James’ erotic books, and to make sure they looked like old pros, there were consultants on set to show them how to handle whips and other sex den necessities.
“We just had people who specialised in knowing how things work, like how to use certain tools and toys,” Dakota tells MarieClaire.com. “There’s a certain method. It’s very intricate and the details are really important. The rules are also really important. We didn’t want to go make a movie about something we didn’t research to the bone. So to really honour the BDSM community and we did it the right way.”
But that didn’t make the sex scenes comfortable – and one in particular left Dakota battered and sore.
“The most difficult one (scene) by far, I think in all three movies, was a sex scene in the third film, where I was handcuffed with my arms and legs to the gate,” she recalls. “It’s like a fence thing that comes down. And I was blindfolded. And it was kind of shocking, because I didn’t realise that no matter how prepared or rehearsed I was, when your senses are taken away like that, you can’t control the way your nervous system will react.
“It was really tricky to navigate that scene. It was kind of difficult.”
And she still can’t believe the silly things she had to wear for the steamy scenes in which she appears to be naked: “I had these sort of strapless thongs that had glue on them. It’s not glue, but it’s sticky,” she giggles. “They’re, like, basically if it were a nipple pastie, but underwear. But it’s only sticky at the top, it’s not sticky the whole way.
“It would also come off because the adhesive would wear out, so then they would superglue it to my body so that it wouldn’t fall off. And I would wear two of them. It’s not painful… (but) it’s f**king bizarre.”
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