"I am never going to please all 100 million people who read the book," Jamie Dornan said prior to the release of the box office hit and critical failure Fifty Shades of Grey. "I'll be lucky if half that number are happy with me playing Christian Grey. I know there are campaigns of hate against me already."
As it turns out Dornan need not have worried so, as his turn as dubious heart throb Christian Grey in Sam Taylor-Johnson's film adaptation of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey was met with the sounds of swoons almost across the board.
Stepping into the role of Grey, who Dornan himself describes as a "sick psychopath bastard", he knew that it was a risky move to a career he spent a long time breaking through into from modelling (not that he was a slouch at that, being one of the most successful male models in the world before making the switch to acting).
But as he himself said "it does no harm to be in a film that makes half a billion dollars", though he sometimes still has a hard time believing that he signed up for it in the first place:
"There are times when I’ll be like: ‘Huh, someone made a Fifty Shades movie, that’s funny.’ And then I’ll be like: ‘Wait, I’m the guy?!'"
But this isn't the first time he's played a "psychopath"; Dornan's big break came when he was cast in Allan Cubitt's critically acclaimed Irish detective drama The Fall, as the disturbingly placid serial killer Paul Spector.
Spector provides the main antagonist for the series which is set to return soon for its third season, and Dornan's shiver inducing turn as the quietly violent literal lady killer and faux-family man (for which he won three awards) has more than a little to do with his Fifty Shades casting.
Dornan himself notes "That show has given me everything... I know that every opportunity I get from now on is because of The Fall."
But he is a little worried about how this apparent typecasting could affect his career, especially as both he and those who know him describe him as a pretty chill dude:
"I consider myself quite light-hearted, pretty easy-going, and I keep playing sick psychopath bastards! It kinda worries me sometimes how comfortable I am in that zone."
Of course, there was that time he stalked a random woman in order to prepare for his role on The Fall, but at least he recognises this to be disturbing behaviour and not something you'd whip out for the ol' romancing (unlike Christian Grey, who seems to employ the misogynistic seduction community techniques in his pursuit of ladies).
Jamie Dornan is set to reprise his role as "sick psychopath bastard" Christian Grey for the upcoming, slow-to-reach-production Fifty Shades Darker, which is due to be released February 10th 2017. Let's hope he's gotten over the whole stalking thing by then.