Fans of Fifty Shades rejoice! Jamie Dornan has not bailed on playing the film franchise's leading man, Christian Grey. Despite rumors swirling around the Internet the last couple of days that Dornan found a loophole to get him out of the two sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Allegedly, Dornan's wife, Amelia Warner, was unhappy with the sexual nature of the franchise. Even if that's not the case - it is acting, after all - it is understandable that she wouldn't be too happy given that they're pretty busy raising their 15-month-old daughter.
On a professional note, things were rumored to be so tense between Dornan and his costar Dakota Johnson, that he felt staying on for the next two films would be detrimental to his career.
But much like Christian and Ana's relationship, these rumors have been put to bed. The following statement from Jamie's representatives was released to ABC News earlier today:
Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film.
While I think the word "delighted" might be a bit strong, it's good to know that Dornan is a man of his word. Although the film was far from a critical success - it currently stands at 24% on RottenTomatoes - a lot of fans enjoyed Dornan's portrayal of the mysterious dominant.
Not to mention, it was a huge box office success. I mean huge. Over the three-day weekend of its release, Fifty Shades shattered records and trumping the competition by earning over $85 million. After being released just two weeks ago, the film has already made over $400 million worldwide.
Whether or not you're actually a fan of the films, it's hard to deny that Fifty Shades has become a cultural phenomenon. It might not be a high-brow artistic endeavor for Dornan or Johnson, but it has certainly skyrocketed them into fame. Best not to bite the hand that feeds, I guess!
I'm glad he's staying on for continuity reasons, but also because it'd be a shame to have to say goodbye to this so early:
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