Fiftyshades fan : December 11, 2013 5:47 am : Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
It may have looked like a simple coffee date, but much like Christian Grey, things were more complicated than they appeared on the Vancouver set of Fifty Shades of Grey.
It took more than 200 cast and crew members at Rainier Provisions to shoot the film’s first scene, which involves Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele getting to know each other.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” café co-owner Erin Heather tells PEOPLE. “It was quite a production for a relatively small scene.”
The moment also brought the film’s stars Jamie Dornan, 31, and Dakota Johnson, 24, together on set for the first time. Heather says she could feel a really “good energy,” adding that the actors were in great spirits.
“They seemed really happy. It was the first day, so everyone was nervous but excited.”
First-day jitters may also be blamed on the 44 lattes that were made throughout the day for Grey’s character.
“When the shots were done, I was just giving the crew lattes,” Heather tells PEOPLE. “There was no point in throwing them out!”
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Fiftyshades fan : November 22, 2013 1:12 pm : Movie news, Movie Talk
FINALLY Fifty Fans…Meet Anastasia Steele’s best friend and roommate, Kate, and welcome Eloise Mumford to the cast o Fifty Shades Movie :)
Exclusive from Vareity.com:-
Universal Pictures and Focus Features have tapped Eloise Mumford to play Anastasia Steele’s roommate in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” in what appears to be one of the last big roles to cast before the film goes into production next month.
The casting of ‘Kate Kavanagh’ had been a high priority for the filmmakers after Charlie Hunnam was originally cast as Christian Grey. Universal was looking at other actresses for the role and had been testing girls with Dakota Johnson, but Hunnam’s departure moved their focus back to Christian Grey with the roommate part remaining vacant….
Jamie Dornan ultimately replaced Hunnam in the lead and Jennifer Ehle and Luke Grimes round out the cast, with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing.
Based on the bestselling book “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James, the movie follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Grey and college student Steele. The subsequent novels in the series are “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
The trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.
Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the film. Kelly Marcel penned the script.
What do you think of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh? … i think she is a good choice :)
Fiftyshades fan : November 21, 2013 5:56 am : Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
The announcement that Charlie Hunnam was cast, and later replaced, in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey was by far the biggest movie news of the year.
Frenzied fans of the erotic books aired their opinions on social media after learning that the Sons of Anarchy star was named to play the male lead, claiming that he didn’t look the part (among other reasons).
But the film’s producer, Michael De Luca, explained that online critics didn’t have any effect on the casting decision.
“I am on Twitter constantly. I am a masochist,” he said during The Hollywood Reporter‘s Producers Roundtable discussion.
“I’m into the fandom, so I was aware of what was coming…when Charlie Hunnam wasn’t what most readers pictured. But he was so awesome in this audition that he did with Dakota Johnson, and he really wanted to play that character, and we’re not making the movie based on Twitter.”
He added,”We thought we’d get there with him, and then when we couldn’t, we anticipated that the new guy, Jamie Dornan, was going to be more of what the fans conjured in their imaginations,” he said, according to E! Online.
And while there are no hard feelings between the actors or the producers, De Luca shared an inside glimpse as to what really lead to the recasting decision.
“In the case [of Fifty Shades], it really went down to the wire. Everyone wanted it to work out, including Charlie.
“In terms of schedule, to be free from Sons of Anarchy in time to show up on the set of our movie, the physical transformation and the psychological transformation from Jax to Christian Grey was more than he could accomplish in the time that we had.
De Luca added one final, complimentary note about the Brit, saying,”To his credit, he came to us and said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to get there in the time we have, and I don’t want to do a bad job. I’m not going to be able to turn into this guy.’”
Fifty Shades of Grey will open in theaters Valentine’s Day 2015.
Fiftyshades fan : November 20, 2013 2:46 am : Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
Charlie Hunnam may have dropped out of the erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey, but the Sons of Anarchy star has nothing but kind words to say about his replacement Jamie Dornan.
“I’m sure he’ll do a great job, “the 33-year-old stud said when approached by TMZ this week. “I don’t really know his work, but I know Sam [Taylor-Johnson], the director, is amazing, and she has fantastic taste, so I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”
Hunnam was originally cast as titular character Christian Grey, but exited the role in mid-October due to “Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which was not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role,” Universal Pictures and Focus Features said in a joint statement.
Shortly after, a source told E! News that Hunnam’s decision to drop out of the film adaptation based on E.L. James‘ trilogy was “not a surprise because what he was taking on with this role was not what Charlie wants in his future career,” adding that the “attention and the pressure was intense.”
He has since broken his silence on the controversial career move, exclusively opening up to E! News at his first public appearance since the casting switch-up.
“I am doing good. I am just really concentrating on work. It’s been a really busy time,” he said to E! News on Sunday, Oct. 20. “I have had some family stuff going on, so just trying to stay focused and stay positive and keep trying to do a good job at work and be with my family and stay positive.”
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Fiftyshades fan : November 18, 2013 5:37 am : Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
Fans are finally getting the chance to see Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson together. The ”Fifty Shades of Grey” stars appear together on the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly, where it is confirmed that the movie will now open later than expected on February 13, 2015.
The Sam Taylor-Johnson-directed adaptation of E L James’ best-selling novel was originally slated to open August 1, 2014, but after a major casting shake-up — “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam vacated the role of Christian Grey and was later replaced by Dornan — production was shifted to December.
In EW, the stars open up about tackling the roles of Christian Grey, a kinky billionaire, and Anastasia Steele, the naive college student who falls for him. And Johnson reveals that in addition to dying her hair brown for the role, she also is amping up her workout routine. “Obviously, I want to look good naked,” she said in the issue, which hits newsstands Friday. “I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f—ing feels awesome.”
Meanwhile, Dornan, who is a former underwear model, noted that he was “really f—ing excited” when he learned he got the role. He adds he’s not feeling nervous at all about tackling the S&M love story. “I’m a fairly worldly guy,” Dornan said. “I grew up in a very liberal place. I’m not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book]. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.”
For more on Fifty Shades of Grey, including exclusive interviews with author E L James, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and the full story behind the casting of Christian and Anastasia — plus which scenes from the book have made it into the script, and which have already hit the cutting-room floor — pick uplast week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, Released last Friday.
Fiftyshades fan : November 18, 2013 4:03 am : book talk, Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
In a matter of weeks, Jamie Dornan will suit up to play the damaged billionaire Christian Grey — opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele — in the adaptation of E L James’ bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The Northern Irish actor landed the role through a circuitous route, replacing Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam after he dropped out of the film in mid-October. In this week’s cover story, he spoke with EW exclusively about his trek through the audition process and how he’s prepping his body for the part.
It’s the most high-profile role of Dornan’s career, one he’s approaching both rationally and with a great degree of excitement. “I certainly don’t fear it,” Dornan says. “I already got a glimpse into working with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson] at the test, and I’d met [co-star] Dakota [Johnson] by then. So I had a glimpse into how I felt it would be if I got the part. None of it scared me.”
Dornan initially performed an audition on tape for the first round of casting but didn’t progress to a face-to-face meeting until Hunnam bailed last month. “You know, one door closes, another opens,” Dornan says. ”When he dropped out, I didn’t instantly think, ‘Oh here we go, maybe I should cancel that holiday,’ but I did feel that maybe we’d revisit the idea of me.”
Revisit they did. Dornan was flown out to Los Angeles for an intense, day-long audition opposite Dakota Johnson, who had landed her role in early September. The two re-enacted the initial interview scene when Ana first meets Christian at his spacious office in Seattle, followed by the climactic scene near the end of the book.
“There’s quite a lot going on in both scenes,” Dornan says. “The interview scene is sort of a condensed version of the journey that the two of them go on. There are so many layers in it. It’s a beast.”
Since landing the role, Dornan has had to adjust to increased media attention, including paparazzi who have been hovering around him and his pregnant wife, Amelia Warner, who is due in a couple of weeks. (Warner will deliver their baby in Vancouver, where Fifty Shades is set to film.)
“It’s happening, but not in an unmanageable way at the moment,” Dornan says of the paparazzi. “I’ve been around it before and it’s ugly, but I’m glad I’m 31 and not 21, and married. I feel very settled. I’m not running in and out of clubs at 5 a.m. anymore.”
Dornan isn’t required to add a lot of muscle to play Christian Grey but the former Calvin Klein model does plan to train before disrobing. “I’ve never felt that Christian needs to be some kind of monster, but I think it’s very clear how he conditions himself and looks after himself,” he said. “I take decent enough care of myself anyway, so obviously I’m gonna up it slightly with training, but we don’t have any intention to really bulk up. I don’t think it’s appropriate.”
Dornan’s family has been supportive of his new role, with his father and sisters offering their encouragement. Only his childhood friends have been teasing him for taking on the kinky control freak. ”A friend of mine texted me saying, ‘I heard about Fifty Shades. Congratulations on the role. That’s going to be disgusting. I won’t watch it.’” One hopes that friend is the exception, rather than the rule.
For more on Fifty Shades of Grey, including exclusive interviews with author E L James, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and the full story behind the casting of Christian and Anastasia — plus which scenes from the book have made it into the script, and which have already hit the cutting-room floor — pick up last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, Released last Friday.
Fiftyshades fan : November 17, 2013 5:32 am : book talk, Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
It was day one of trying on her new brown locks as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey, a role that could come to define up-and-coming actress Dakota Johnson. The 24-year-old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was approaching her first photo shoot and interview for EW’s cover story in a very relaxed manner: joking with her future on-screen boyfriend Jamie Dornan; snapping photos for author EL James who was visiting the set, and trying to stay away from the tempting desserts that filled the craft services table.
The actress did acknowledge that it was a bit strange to embody a character for a role she hasn’t even had a chance to rehearse. “At first it felt like what are we doing because we haven’t done anything yet: How are we supposed to be in character when I don’t even know what’s going on,” said Johnson about the photo shoot. “But then everyone chilled out and that was good.”
Johnson coveted the role of the virginal college student for a long time. Once she found out producer Mike DeLuca was making the movie she quickly emailed her manager pleading with him to get her the part–and she had not yet read the books. Her mindset didn’t change once she perused the popular trilogy.
“I just really understand it,” said Johnson. “I think it’s an incredible love story and that’s why it’s affected so many people. Erica (EL James) did a really good job of explaining how that just can happen sometimes and you have this chemical pull to someone. Adding in the sex makes it perfect. Sometimes you feel a little bit naughty and that’s okay.”
Johnson auditioned for the film by reading a long, sexually-explicit monologue from Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, one that chronicles the sexual adventure of Nurse Alma on a beach with another woman and two young boys. It was an unconventional choice for an audition piece but one that suggested to Johnson that the filmmakers were going to address the sex in a mature, direct manner. “They weren’t–and I can’t think of a better word right now–pussy footing around the subject,” said Johnson with a laugh.
The actress stalked her manager and agents on a daily basis waiting to hear if she had landed the role. It was the end of summer and she was in New York at a friend’s loft apartment. No one, with the exception of her boyfriend, actor Jordan Masterson, knew she had even auditioned for the role. She was sworn to secrecy.
“The phone rang and I remember looking out of this apartment to an apartment across the street. And I was looking at all of these people in their windows. And I thought, ‘How funny would it be if I were watching people having sex right now?,” she laughs.
No one was of course having sex but that didn’t stop Johnson from having an extreme response to the news of her new job. “They said ‘You got the offer’ and I couldn’t speak,” recalls Johnson. “I was just so relieved. I was crying and crying. Water was literally squirting out of my eyes because I had been so stressed out. And there’s this giant Doberman Pincher laying on the bed next to me. And he just slowly fell asleep. It was so special and [this dog] didn’t give a f— about me and what I was going through.”
For more on Fifty Shades of Grey, including exclusive interviews with author E L James, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and the full story behind the casting of Christian and Anastasia — plus which scenes from the book have made it into the script, and which have already hit the cutting-room floor — pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly,Released Last Friday.
Fiftyshades fan : November 15, 2013 10:33 am : book talk, Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
Fifty Shades of Grey The feature film adaptation of E.L. James’ racy novel has been in the works for over a year now, but with a director (Sam Taylor-Johnson) and cast (Jamie Dornan andDakota Johnson) finally set, production is gearing up to begin in just a few weeks. In fact, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character were released by EW 3 days ago
Collider.com‘s Steve recently sat down for an extended interview with producer Dana Brunetti, and during their wide-ranging conversation he spoke extensively about Fifty Shades of Grey. Brunetti discussed the competitive process of landing the job as the film’s producer along with his partner Michael De Luca, collaborating with James, the difficult casting process, why they’re filming in Vancouver, and he talked about the possibility of releasing an NC-17 cut of the film in theaters.
From the get-go, the main worry on Fifty Shades fans’ minds has been casting. It happens with every popular book adaptation, but the passionate opinions from Fifty Shadesfans has been intense. Initially, Ben & Katestar Dakota Johnson and Sons of Anarchylead Charlie Hunnam were announced as the film’s Anastasia and Christian, but Hunnam subsequently left the project. Brunetti discussed the difficult casting process and why landing a newcomer like The Fall’s Jamie Dornan may work out better in the end:
“No matter who we cast, people were gonna be angry about it. And then we obviously had the one that we cast that ultimately didn’t work out. We have to meet the ideas of the fans to an extent and make them happy—although you’re not gonna make them happy because they’re thinking of somebody else in their mind. And I always thought it would be better if we went with somebody unknown so then everyone can discover them together, that’s where I really think we are now with Jamie and Dakota.”
Brunetti also talked about the difficulty in landing certain actors, noting the project scared some off for a few different reasons:
“You have to get actors that really want to do it as well, and that was a really difficult process because a lot of them didn’t want to do it just because of what they either thought that it would require or what it will require, or what it will make them into; it’s gonna make them into huge stars but known of a certain thing. So some actors might not be able to break out of that in their career when they wanna do other projects either in between the productions of the [Fifty Shades] films or beyond the films.”
Adapting James’ book also provided its own set of challenges:
“For any book it’s distilling all of the moments in the book that are either fan favorites or pivotal that you have to have in there, and how you tie that all up into a two hour movie is not the easiest job. That’s any book, and this one has all the inner monologue of Anastasia where you learn a lot about her from her Inner Goddess. Obviously we can’t, otherwise the whole movie would be all voiceover, so that was a big problem how we were gonna deal with that as far as the script and still convey a lot of that without voiceover.”
Finally, what’s on everyone’s minds is just how far the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will go in depicting the book’s explicit sex scenes. Brunetti admitted that the film will definitely be rated R, but he has an idea of how to please fans that are asking for the no-holds-barred version:
“It’ll be R, obviously it has to be R. This is just my opinion and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later. So everybody could go and enjoy the R version, and then if they really wanted to see it again and get a little bit more gritty with it then have that NC-17 version out there as well. It’d be great for the studio too because they’d get a double dip on the box office… What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book]. We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want.”
That being said, Brunetti and his team very much want to bring a tastefulness to the proceedings:
“We’ve been able to attract fantastic team as far as our department heads, everyone that’s gotten involved have very good resumes. Which I think is shocking to a lot of people who label it ‘mommy porn’ or say ‘it’s gonna be trash,’ I think the team that we’re assembling should be already deafening that.”
For more on the film, watch the portion of Steve’s video interview with Brunetti concerning Fifty Shades below. Fifty Shade of Grey will open in theaters on February 13, 2015.
Exclusive EW Interview With The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy author E L James…
In a very candid interview, the author admits to being terrified that the movie is about to start shooting and that she knows fans will hold her responsible for its success or failure. Also She talked about writing another book … here thoughts on Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Dornan and soo many other things…Very coool interview :)
Best-selling author E L James doesn’t give many interviews these days, but she agreed to sit down in Beverly Hills with EW last week, as part of cover story on the film version of the first book in her trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, to discuss all that casting controversy, the intensity of her fans, the criticism of Christian Grey’s backstory, and her hopes for the film. She proved to be as direct and unfiltered as her books are, beginning with how she’s feeling about the new movie.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is about to start shooting in Vancouver. How are you feeling about it?
E L JAMES: I’m terrified. Completely. I’ve been terrified from the moment I published the book. My mother was terrified of everything, and so am I. It’s a terrible way to grow up. You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in bookstores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them.
Do you think fans will hold you responsible if they don’t like the movie?
Oh God, of course they will. They hold me responsible for everything.
Do you read all the online commentary?
I don’t. It kind of freaks me out. I’ve avoided reading most of the stuff for a long time for my own self-preservation.
Yet, you still feel responsible to them?
I do. Especially coming from a [place of] fandom myself. It’s such a weird place to be. What I’d really like to be doing is sitting down in a little room writing my next book. I miss it so much.
You’re writing another book?
I’ve written another book.
Will you publish it anytime soon?
I don’t know.
What’s it about?
I’m not going to tell you.
Is there any sex in it?
No. [Pause] Actually, that’s not true, but it’s very different than Fifty.
When the studios first approached you about selling the film rights to Fifty, you weren’t sure you wanted to sell them at all, correct?
That’s true. I didn’t know if it was the right thing to do. And then I thought, “I’m middle-aged; when in the hell am I going to get another chance to make a movie in Hollywood?” That was the final thing: Let’s go for it. Let’s see if we can have some fun with it.
You had multiple studios to choose from. Why Universal?
I felt that the material was under very safe hands with [Universal Pictures Chairman] Donna Langley. She loved the books, she understood the material, and she knows how to make a brilliant cup of tea. Most of you guys [Americans] do not know how to make a cup of tea.
I assume you wanted to have some degree of control over the film?
Not so much control. For me it was about not being frozen out of the process. I do have script approval. I think I’m a very good collaborator. If you look at [authors] Suzanne Collins [The Hunger Games], Stephenie Meyer [Twilight], and J.K. Rowling [Harry Potter], they were involved in their projects. It’s the same kind of thing.
Are you finding that you and the filmmakers agree on things, generally?
We have some very healthy debates between us all, and that’s been interesting. The irony of the whole thing is my husband is a screenwriter and he used to come in after a meeting [in which] his producers were asking for changes, and I would say, “Oh, you need to write a book and then you won’t have anybody telling you what to do.”
Novels always have to be cut for films. Is it hard to let go of certain things?
It’s a very dense book, and people don’t realize that because they read it so quickly. So things got cut, but I completely understood why. Something may service the story in literary terms, but not on the screen.
Were there specific sex scenes that you felt definitely had to be in the film?
Everybody has their favorite sex scenes.
I’m not going to say
What about the scene in her bedroom with his necktie, the blindfold, and the white wine?
[Whispers] That’s mine too.
Is that staying in?
You have to wait and see.
Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele, was cast first. What do you like about her?
She’s an old soul, but she’s so sweet, and she has a wicked sense of humor.
There was a huge online reaction when Charlie Hunnam was initially cast as Christian.
It was very mixed and I had to get off Twitter for a couple of days. I wasn’t surprised. People hate change. I thought there would be a few people upset, regardless of whom we had chosen. It was intense, but people came around to it.
And then he dropped out.
It was disappointing, but it is what it is. I wish him well. And now we have Jamie [Dornan], and that’s great. It’s been interesting with Jamie, [the fan reaction] has been so positive.
Did you know he was called “The Golden Torso”?
No, not until it was announced. We should do some teasing about that. It was so lovely that people didn’t know who he was. I loved that.
You’ve taken some heat from the BDSM community for Christian’s backstory: that he engages in this sexual behavior only because he is damaged. What do you make of that?
It’s fascinating. Christian kind of evolved in front of me. Of the three or four people I know who do this kind of thing [BDSM], one of them has a very, very dark past. Really dark. But I totally get that there are people out there who don’t have to have a broken childhood to like a good f—ing spanking.
There’s a whole Fifty Shades of Grey empire now: wine, jewelry, lingerie, sex toys.
I wanted to do a few mugs and T-shirts, that’s it. I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into merchandising. But everything we do, I really like and really believe in.
It’s a lot to keep track of. How are you feeling about it all?
I’m on the edge, quite frankly. Jumping off. I’ve had two years of this now. When you first start doing this [promoting your work], you don’t know how you are going to handle it. I could have been a complete fame whore — everyone wanted to interview me. But it holds no interest to me, being on TV, all that stuff. So I’ve tried to pull back. Because frankly, I’m shy, even though people don’t believe that. And I really miss my family…and my dog. In the last three months, I’ve been home for about two weeks.”
Are you having fun with the movie, at least?
I’m still taking it all onboard: “OMG, this is actually going to happen!” I’m still pinching myself.
Check out Full interview Here
Fiftyshades fan : November 14, 2013 5:26 am : Movie news, Movie Talk, People mentioning Fifty
THE WAIT IS OVER! We have our first photos of Jamie and Dakota together as Christian and Ana ..
- White shirt……Plum dress……Gray silk tie…..OH MY
“Jamie Dornan was in his pajamas, and anxious. It was 1:30 a.m. London time, and the 31-year old actor was watching reruns of Storage Wars and praying for the phone to ring. “I was sort of pretending I wasn’t waiting, but the phone was in my hand, halfway to my ear,” Dornan says in throaty Irish brogue. He had just flown back from Los Angeles, where he had auditioned for the role of the world’s hottest control freak, Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey. Landing this part would propel him to instant stardom, and so, with his pregnant wife, actress Amelia Warner, snoozing upstairs, Dornan tried to focus on the show. Minutes later, the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), phoned to tell the former Calvin Klein model that he was about to become the object of millions of women’s fantasies. “There was a slight fear,” Dornan says now, his wiry frame huddled on a couch in a Los Angeles photo studio. “But beyond anything else, I was really f—ing excited.””
This weeks’s Entertainment Weekly cover story features the first exclusive interviews with the two stars of the new film based on Fifty Shades of Grey, the publishing phenomenon from British author E L James — about the seduction of virginal college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) by a beautiful billionaire with a penchant for sadomasochism (Dornan) — that has sold 90 million copies worldwide and ignited the libidos of a generation of women.
UPDATED with 7 Bonus Character Portraits
- And yes. She is indeed biting her lip in this pics! OH MY ! :)
The stars open up about what drew them to the roles, the pressures behind getting the roles right for the fans, and how they feel about baring it all. For Johnson, 24, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, it meant seriously working out for the first time in her life. “Obviously, I want to look good naked,” the newly brunette actress tells EW. “I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of f—ing feels awesome.”
Dornan, who spent his early days as a model frequently undressing for the camera, isn’t the least bit anxious about the graphic sex scenes he and Johnson are about to film. “I’m a fairly worldly guy,” says Dornan. “I grew up in a very liberal place. I’m not saying we had a playroom, but I’m not shocked by [the sex in the book]. It’s essential to tell the story. I can’t believe films that don’t invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.”
Everything also seems to be working now, too, for the studio behind the film, Universal Pictures and its indie subsidiary Focus Features, which purchased the rights to James’ trilogy back in March 2012. The studio experienced some initial bumps along the way, particularly with the initial casting (and subsequent departure) of Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as Christian Grey. The film, which begins production in Vancouver on Dec. 2, was originally set for release this August , but has now been pushed to Valentine’s Day weekend 2015.
For more on Fifty Shades of Grey, including exclusive interviews with author E L James, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, and the full story behind the casting of Christian and Anastasia — plus which scenes from the book have made it into the script, and which have already hit the cutting-room floor — pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.
What do you think? So many of you were anxious to see Jamie without the beard. We love Dakota’s soft brown hair with highlights and bangs.
Ridiculously excited. This makes it all so real!