This could be the news that Fifty Shades fans have been waiting for.
According to Inquisitr, Grey actor and undisputed sex symbol Jamie Dornan has been offered a fairly un-turndown-able $1.5 million - that's on top of his salary - to shed all of his clothes in Fifty Shades Darker.
You may remember that a few weeks ago, Dornan hinted at an increased degree of naughtiness in the upcoming sequel (set for Feb 2017) when he spoke about his excitement at "embodying" Christian Grey more fully.
Now, our enigmatic friend Mr. A Source has gone on the record to make the aforementioned bold claim about the possibility of J-Dorn "doing a Fassbender" in movie number 2. Here's the quote in question:
“They’re offering Jamie a bonus of $1.5 million to do a full-frontal scene in Fifty Shades Darker,” an insider explained. “That’s just a starting figure. Jamie would be crazy not to consider it.”
With the temperature plummeting, let's hope the scenes in question are shot indoors.
Inquisitr go on to claim that, should Jamie turn down the offer (although previous photoshoots suggest he's not shy in that department), a body double could be used, although that doesn't really make much sense, given that the main benefit of the nude scenes would be audiences getting an eyeful of Dornan himself, not Mr. B Double.
In all seriousness, it's pretty hard to know if these reports aren't something to be taken with an epic pinch of salt. More revealing than the insights of an unnamed "insider" is the constant stream of media speculation which has begun to swirl around Fifty Shades Darker with over a year still to go until the film hits cinemas. That level of hype suggests Universal may well be looking at a sequel with far stronger commercial prospects than the first film, which in itself did well.
There's no "Shame" in an NC-17
It doesn't make much sense, but history has shown that films featuring nudity are often given a much harsher rating than those with strong uses of language or violence.
For example, The Dark Knight was rated PG-13, despite featuring multiple acts of terrorism, violence and psychological trauma. In contrast, last year's Gone Girl (a relatively tame movie) is rated R, primarily for a single, fleeting cameo made by Ben Affleck's penis. Nudity remains cinema's last taboo.
Back in 2011, Shame benefited from massive word of mouth buzz as a result of the film's infamous, full-frontal shot of Michael Fassbender, in addition to a bunch of sex scenes. But the nudity actually worked against it - the film received an NC-17 rating and made just $11m globally.
There's almost no chance of keeping a PG-13 rating if Dornan reveals his mini Mr. Grey, so from the studio's perspective, the benefits (massive social media buzz) simply don't outweigh the disadvantages (reduced box office). At the end of the day, the internet exists for those who want porn, but fans of Fifty Shades are probably more into the story than the notion of Grey in the buff.
That's not to say a better balance can't be found. Darker could definitely be sexier than Grey, it just needs to be smart about it. At the end of the day, what's implied is as important as what's shown.
I'm curious to know what you think: is there any truth to these reports of Dornan being offered big bucks to strip, or is it all just a by-product of fans' desperation for proper updates from the set of Fifty Shades Darker?