Though it might involve nothing more sinister than cagoules and notebooks, Jamie Dornan reckons that plane spotting is weirder than sadomasochism.
The Irish actor, who’s about to add a kinky entry to his CV thanks to his leading role in the adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, has been making his own views on the racy subject matter known in a number of recent interviews.
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The latest, for GQ magazine, finds him wondering what all the fuss is about.
“There’s weirder s**t than that. I think plane spotting is far weirder than S&M,” he said.
“That I really don’t get. I can understand why people are into S&M, but standing outside Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for Ryanair to come in?”
He later added: “I’m an extremely liberal person, I don’t give a f**k. If people are into that they’re into that.
“By the way, if people make such a hoo-hah about the violence against women aspect of it, it’s far more common for men to be the submissive. And it’s consensual!
“In the course of researching this character, I have seen the reality very closely. I can tell you from an alarmingly first-hand perspective it’s not altogether sexy.
“But I’ve been in a dungeon with a lukewarm beer while a dominant has had some fun with his submissive and it was very playful and jovial and not at all dark and serious. There was a lot of laughter.”
And as for the sex scenes, Dornan found the whole business a little odd.
“Your dignity is intact as much as it’s all tucked away in a little flesh-coloured bag,” he said.
“As a guy you put all your essentials in a little bag and you tie it up like a little bag of grapes and it’s tucked away. Its quite a peculiar thing to do every day.”
It follows recent comments about the movie - in which he stars as billionaire bondage enthusiast Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson’s novice Anastasia Steele – where he’s played down the amount of sexual activity.
“The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect,” he told Elle magazine.
“I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room. That’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”