Jamie Dornan may be bringing Fifty Shades’ Christian Grey to life on the big screen, but before that he stars in TV drama New Worlds. The Co Down actor and his co-stars talk to Susan Griffin
Having landed one of the most talked-about film roles in recent years – depicting Christian Grey, the leading man in EL James’ sexually explicit Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy – you’d think Jamie Dornan was ready for super-stardom.
The movie is set for a Valentine’s Day release next year, but the 31-year-old physically squirms when the project’s brought up, even when asked how life’s changed since being cast.
“Um, yep, life is good … I don’t know what to say,” says the former model from Holywood, Co Down, who put in a critically-acclaimed performance as a disturbingly good-looking serial killer in last year’s The Fall.
A few days earlier Jamie had let slip to another interviewer how he gets in the mood for filming sex scenes – by watching episodes of Sex And The City.
He’d told how he roped in Joe Dempsie, his co-star in new TV drama New Worlds to watch Carrie and her pals with him. “Joe and I watched all the Sex and the City box sets – twice. That helped,” he said.
Maybe it’s because he’s worried he’ll drop a clanger about Fifty Shades – all details about the movie are being kept firmly under wraps – but infuriatingly today Dornan is obviously keen to keep the conversation strictly on New Worlds, the new Channel 4 Restoration.
And then there’s also his clear discomfit with much of the rigmarole that goes with being a modern celebrity.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph at the weekend, Dornan made clear his bafflement at anyone who wants to be famous just for the sake of being famous.
“Nobody sane just wants to be famous,” he said. “I hate it when people say that you’re asking for it just by doing films. No, I’m asking for work, and I’m asking to get paid for something I love. I’m not asking to be followed down a street by some f***ing pap.”
His experience while dating film star Keira Knightley only served to drive home how miserable being a star can be. “Being with Keira was an insight into how rotten the whole thing can be,” he said. “A young girl is being followed around the street, there is nothing positive to say about that.”
Dornan is now married to singer songwriter Amelia Warner and the pair became proud first-time parents to a little girl last December.
Sam Taylor-Johnson described Fifty Shades Of Grey as a ‘dark fairy tale’
The director of racy movie Fifty Shades Of Grey has said she tells her children it is “a love story they’ll never see”.
Filmmaker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson described the erotic romance story as “a dark fairy tale”.
The film, based on the book by ELJames and expected to hit screens in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, tells the story of billionaire Christian Grey who has a passionate relationship with student Anastasia Steele.
When asked what she tells her children about her current role, Taylor-Johnson told The Sunday Times Magazine: “I tell them it’s a love story.”
Adding: “A love story they’ll never see.”
The director said: “It’s like the world of the Grimm Brothers. I like the transition of this girl and the journey that she goes on… I hope I haven’t said too much.”
The movie was due to be unveiled in August, but was put back until 2015 having been dogged by difficulties with casting.
The production delay was thought to have been partly as a result of the abrupt exit of star Charlie Hunnam, who left citing his busy schedule and family commitments. He has now been replaced by Jamie Dornan, seen by TV viewers in BBC thriller The Fall.
Dakota Johnson has taken on the role of Anastasia.
British newspaper The Evening Standard has a new interview with Jamie Dornan, to promote his role in forthcoming period drama New Worlds. He has a curly mullet for that role, which says it all. In the piece, Dornan is described as “a hard-drinking, rugby-playing, Manchester United-supporting 31-year-old who listens to The Kinks, reads Oscar Wilde and litters his conversation with expletives.” And the expletives kept on coming throughout his conversation with the paper
On brushes with the paparazzi while dating British actress Keira Knightley:
“It was a strange environment to find yourself in, being hounded and followed. It’s really hideous. Fuckiing hell, [the paparazzi] are cretins. I couldn’t have less respect for those guys. There are so many ways to make a living that don’t involve hiding in bushes opposite houses of 18-year-old girls with a camera in your hand. That’s not making a living, that’s making a choice to be a perverted fuckhead.”
And on modeling, his primary gig back then:
“It’s never given me a thrill… [but] it would take a very foolish man to turn down the stuff that was offered to me. You’re in your twenties, and people are going to give you a silly amount of money to lean against a wall with your head down. F*** me, you’ve got to do it.”
On failed auditions as he transitioned into acting:
“Some of them [were] totally humiliating experiences… People attach too much to the idea of being a model, that you can only be a certain way to have done it. You will always be dealing with it. You’re an actor who used to be a model who never trained; there are not many directors queuing up.”
And on his breakout performance, as a serial killer in British drama The Fall:
“I worked my dick off for that role.”
Quick interlude: Jamie Dornan just talked about his dick, people.
I mean, Christian Grey would never. Except, wait, of course he would.
Speaking of, on that role, Dornan says:
“I’ve never felt that Christian needs to be some kind of monster… I certainly don’t fear [the character]. I already got a glimpse into working with Sam at the test, and I’d met Dakota by then. So I had an idea of how I felt it would be if I got the part. None of it scared me.”
Then, for comparison’s sake, what his friends thought of the role:
“A friend of mine said, ‘I heard about Fifty Shades. Congratulations on the role. That’s going to be disgusting. I won’t watch it.’”
Since being cast in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Jamie Dornan, who plays the S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey, has largely stayed out of the public eye.
Aside from being spotted on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, while filming the movie, the 31-year-old Dornan hasn’t walked any red carpets or really talked about the role.
He did tweet on Jan. 1 from his official account, “looking forward to 2015,” which hinted at the film’s scheduled release next February. (That tweet was retweeted more than 5,000 times.)
This aura of mystery surrounding Dornan is a good thing, says Marcia Gay Harden, who plays his character’s mother in the film.
“I think the point is to have somebody mysterious because if you have somebody with too much pedigree to them … you can’t stop thinking about the pedigree. You just can’t. It’s almost impossible in a film to do that. … I think that would be very hard to do for that role, so I think it’s good that he’s a bit of a mystery.”
Dornan had a recurring role on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and starred in the Irish TV drama series “The Fall” as a serial killer who targets women. The show was renewed for a second season.
So, what can she share about him?
“He’s beautiful. He’s chiseled beauty and the camera eats it up. He’s an Irish boy. … A U.K.-based actor who has done a bit of film. He just had a baby (with wife Amelia Warner). … He’s a sweet guy. He does surfing. He sings little Irish ditties occasionally,” she said.
As for playing the mom of such a sexually charged character, the 54-year-old Harden says her scenes were more PG-rated.
“If you are not in the red playroom of pain and pleasure with some naked flesh in your face and a sex toy in your hand, the experience of shooting the movie is much like doing any other movie. I’m the mom. I’m momma Grey,” she joked.
Harden is one of the stars of the comedy “Trophy Wife,” airing Tuesdays on ABC.
Fiftyshades fan : March 4, 2014 6:17 am : Movie Talk
Fifty shades of grey producer Dana Brunetti did just that while speaking with MTV news on the 2014 Oscars Red Carpet , talking about what fans can anticipate about universal and director Sam -Taylor Johnson’s upcoming adaptation of the widely -worshipped EL James novel .
Brunetti was tight-lipped on details (“We just wrapped; we’ll talk about it in a year from now,” he said), but made it clear that fans can expect the saucy novel to experience a faithful translation to the big-screen.
“E.L. was there every day,” he said of the author’s participation in the movie. “She was very hands-on. To have the author there definitely makes it pretty faithful.”
Based on the book phenomenon of the same name, “Fifty Shades” focuses on Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a young college student who encounters and begins a passionate (and, ah, interesting, to put it mildly) relationship with the enigmatic Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. The movie doesn’t arrive until a little less than a year from now, but fans are already curious about possible sequels, given that “Fifty Shades of Grey” is just the first installment of a trilogy.
“I have no idea,” Brunetti said about development on a possible “Fifty Shades” sequel. “I have no idea yet. We haven’t even started discussing that yet. We just want to get this one wrapped and get it cut. We’ll see the cut, see how it goes, and once it’s released, we’ll start discussing what happens next.”
Fifty shades of Grey Movie Star Jamie Dornan was on the The Graham Norton Show yesterday. Jamie discussed the Movie and also said that, ironically, learning how to dance for Fifty Shades of Grey taught him how to walk better.
Rita Ora has opened up on starring in the new 50 Shades Of Grey movie and has promised a “passionate” flm while revealing it was a “good experience’.
The ‘R.I.P.’ singer stars as lead character Christian Grey’s sister Mia in the upcoming adaptation of E.L. James’ novel series, and says she knew she had to be involved as soon as she heard about the project.
“The movie is amazing, it’s such a great passionate movie,” Rita revealed to Capital’s showbiz reporter Kevin Hughes. “I had to be involved, I love the books.
“I know everybody’s going to watch it, whether it’s in secret or confidence, but everyone’s going to watch it,” she explained. “It’s going to be fun. I look really different and it was a good experience.”
Fifty Shades Of Grey author E L James has proudly shared a photo of herself standing near a giant billboard advertising the upcoming film.
The poster image, which show’s Jamie Dornan’s back as he looks out across Seattle, was teased online earlier this year before being stuck up in a few select locations across the USA.
E L looks chuffed to bits in the sort-of-selfie, which she captioned with a simple smiley-face emoticon.
Production on the movie is continuing at full throttle, although the poster has arguably been unveiled a little early… as the film isn’t actually due in cinemas until Valentine’s Day weekend 2015.
The release date was originally August 1, 2014, but when Charlie Hunnam exited the leading role of Christian Grey, bosses had to scramble to cast Dornan and get production back on track.
The hunk stars alongside Dakota Johnson and an array of supporting actors including popstar Rita Ora in the movie, lifted from James’ best-selling adult fiction books, which started life as Twilight fanfic.”
What’s it like to be a 24-year-old starring in the most anticipated film of the decade? Only Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson would know. Meet the third-generation Hollywood actress as she revs up for the role of a lifetime.
On what interested her most while reading Fifty Shades of Grey: ”Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.”
Dakota Johnson on having the chops and sexual honesty needed for the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey: ”I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.”
Dakota Johnson on what it’s really like to grow up having famous parents: ”I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people and I think that’s fucking awful. Things get made up. It’s so, so sad. And there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16-year-old. You’re like….Why? What did I do?”
Read the full interview in our March issue on newsstands February 18!
VIDEO: Behind The Scenes of Dakota Johnson’s ELLE Magazine photoshoot:-
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