In the past Jamie Dornan has outwardly voiced his distain for playing everybody's favorite bottom spanking businessman in the world renowned mummy porn, 50 Shades Of Grey. There have been many reports of the role causing strain on his marriage due to the sexy nature of the scenes he's required to shoot. It appears, however, that Dornan has had a change of heart and has finally made peace with that fact he's playing one of the most famous characters in cinema today.
With 50 Shades Darker currently in post production, we take a look at Dornan's transformation from throwing shade on the franchise to finally being submissive to his role. Watch the first look trailer below to get you all hot under the collar:
A Grey Area For Dornan
After the release of the first movie, Dornan was a hot topic amongst the press and he gave many interviews. Whilst obviously promoting the films, he was candid enough to give us an insight to how he felt about the mass hysteria. In an interview with Details Magazine Jamie had this to say:
"I almost don't want to put this out there into the ether, but I fear I'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere. Because a lot of people are very angry that I'm playing this character. And I'm a father now, and a husband. I don't want to die yet. And when I do get murdered, people will say, "God, isn't it haunting how he did that interview in Details magazine and predicted his own death on the red carpet?"
Dornan was clearly not comfortable with his new fanbase and just how quickly he became a fantasy for many wannabe Mrs Greys. You can't really feel too sorry for him though, making all that money and being the face of the biggest 18 rated franchise of all time.
Our Mr Grey did have something to say about the popularity of the movie though, and it's definitely not all warm and fuzzy. When interviewed by Elle Magazine, Doran quipped this:
"Mass appreciation doesn't always equate to something good. Think of Hitler! But I think, in this case, it must. It simply must."
Comparing your film to Hitler is probably not the best thing to do when on a promotional tour. You have to hand it to him though, he's being honest about how he feels.
More Grey Granny Pants Than Lingerie
Jamie even went onto hate on Dakota. You'd think that after he strapped her down and flogged her he would have at least tried to get along with her. The two apparently had the chemistry of an old kipper, not exactly what you want when they're shooting the raunchy stuff — and let's face it, that's what we wanted to see the most.
When interviewed by Today News back in 2014, Jamie said this:
"Yeah, I mean, I presume we [had chemistry], because they made it happen with us."
I wonder what director Sam Taylor-Johnson had to do to get the chemistry going. A bottle of tequila normally works for me though.
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It seems however that Dornan has done a 180, and realized that this is not something to get grey hairs over. After many rumors of Jamie leaving the franchise, there were concerns of what would happen to the sequels. Dornan has instead stepped up to the challenge and resumed his role as enigmatic Christian Grey. Our leading man told the Daily Mail that:
“The whole experience was actually quite different. A lot of the pressure of the first movie was gone. Essentially I feel like all of that pressure when you’re making the first of a franchise of [movies based on] books that mean so much to people that has so much attention on it, it can be quite paralyzing I think. I think a lot of that crept in the first time around and it maybe affects the work.”
There have been reports that he's worked on his acting technique and with Dakota to ensure the scenes they do together feel more comfortable. Maybe he felt bad for 'riding' her before?
As for the rumors about his troubled marriage Dornan put those to rest too. According to Vanity Fair, Jamie said:
“Total bollocks! Of course she would have read the scripts well in advance, and she's massively supportive of Fifty Shades.”
He certainly tied that up nicely. We hope Dornan soon realizes that he's not flogging a dead horse and the fans will flock to see it regardless. If however, something negative comes out of his mouth again, Dakota could shove a ball-gag in there.
The new release is bound to do well, due to it's huge following. So here's to 50 Shades Darker and with Dornan's blessing, Mr Grey will see you now!