Jamie Dornan doesn’t believe that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is misogynistic, suggesting that too much focus has been given to the BDSM elements in the books and the upcoming film and that in reality more men are submissives.
In an interview with Elle UK, the actor who plays Christian Grey said: “I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic… But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men,” he said adding: “[i]t’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”
The Fall actor, who also told Elle UK that he had visted sex clubs and dungeons to research the role, said that at heart Fifty Shades is a love story. “The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. 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,” he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Dornan talked about the challenges posed by his rising fame. “You don’t do it to have some guy sitting in a f**king bush outside your house with a camera. That’s not why you do it,” he said. “I just couldn’t do an office job; I don’t have that temperament.
He added: “But yeah, I don’t know how you can prepare for it. You can’t get in sandbags. Buy loads of hoodies and caps? I’ll deal with it when it comes. I feel pretty secure about who I am. It’s not my first time at the rodeo.”
Based on the global bestselling books by E.L. James, the Fifty Shades movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is released in theaters on Valentines Day and co-stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steel, the virginal naif who falls for Christian Grey’s charms. The film also stars British singer Rita Ora, who recently uploaded a new poster for the film on her Instagram.
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