After the reviews of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, you couldn’t help thinking that maybe Charlie Hunnam dodged a bullet in backing out of playing the billionaire S&M enthusiast Christian Grey.
But then ‘The Fall’ star Jamie Dornan took over the co-lead in the adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic record-breaker ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele.
Now Dornan appears to have already put the role behind him.
Both sequels ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ were filmed back-to-back in Vancouver this year, with new director James Foley, of ‘House of Cards’ fame, behind the camera.
Speaking to The Sun, Dornan said: “We have done two movies back to back now, and I’m actually finished with it. I’ve done Fifty Shades forever.
“I move on very fast in my mind. As much as from the outside people think you are synonymous with one character, but I’m very much like, ‘Right, that’s done’ and move on to the next project and worry about that character.”
Maybe that’s for the best. While the movie made a whopping $571 million at the box office, it was panned by critics.
There were reports of friction between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and E.L. James, who spoke of stand-up rows with the writer on set.
Speaking about the animosity, Dornan added: “There are pressures involved with everyone making a movie of this scale. Not just Sam and Erika (James), everyone is feeling the pressure.
“Everyone is trying to complete their role as best they can. For Erika these are her babies, these mean more than her to anyone else.
“There is pressure making these movies. Sometimes you need a bit of angst and pressure to make things happen.”
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is due out on February 10, 2017, with ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ out on February 9, 2018.
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