Jamie à propos de Dakota:
« She’s an easy person to get along with. She’s sweet, » says Dornan, who replaced Charlie Hunnam in the role just four weeks before shooting started. « We instantly had a thing. It’s so important, given what we had ahead of us. If we hadn’t liked each other, I wouldn’t have been cast. I got cast because they thought it worked. Dakota and I get on so well. We’re friends now. »
Dakota à propos de Jamie:
« It was weird because I’d gone through so many men at that point. He was very calm and funny. He was able to keep up with my joke-making and that meant a lot. »
Sam à propos de Jamie:
« Jamie is unfazed. Fame will just wash over him. They’re both very grounded people, » she says.
Jamie à propos de FSOG:
The film has an R rating, and avoided the NC-17 kiss of death by steering clear of full-frontal nudity. Still, there are ample amounts of flesh on display. Jamie Dornan, the Christian to Johnson’s Ana, is also nearly nude.
« The thing to take from that is ‘almost,’ » says Dornan, 32. « I’m not massively uncomfortable with it. There’s quite a long shot of my (butt). That’s my bum. Still my bum. Wow. You hope the end result is sexy and sensual. »
« It’s a tough way to spend a day. She was naked and tied up, » the Irish actor says. « But we’d built up a rapport with each other. We’d have a bit of a pep talk every morning. Can you imagine how many sexual innuendos happen on a set like that? It’s hard not to find humor in it. »
Shooting the movie’s finale, in which he lets loose on Ana and feels her disgust and wrath, left Dornan emotionally drained.
« It was brutal. It’s the moment he realizes, ‘What the (expletive) is wrong with me?’ It made me feel a bit like that as well. I wasn’t welting her with a belt, » Dornan clarifies. « I’m hitting a cushion for the most part. We’ve also got that to deal with, to keep up in the intensity and the emotion when you’re hitting a cushion. I was really going for it. That was tough. »
Dornan was cast four weeks before shooting started in Vancouver. He and his pregnant wife Amelia Warner relocated to Canada, where she gave birth to their daughter three days before her husband morphed into cool, controlling Christian.
« It was a mad time. It was mental when I think about it, » says Dornan.
It also meant he didn’t have much time to sculpt his body into physical perfection. « We trained as much as I could. I keep myself in relatively decent shape anyway. I seem to have quite good metabolism. That’s natural and I’m lucky for that, » Dornan says. « He didn’t need to be a beast or a monster. He just needed to be in good shape. He didn’t need to be like Thor.
« They tried to get me to do five protein shakes a day. One of them, I had to set an alarm for in the middle of the night. My wife was like, ‘You stink of chocolate all the time.’ It was pretty grim. I haven’t had a protein shake since. »
Jamie à propos d’Amelia:
« She doesn’t want to watch this. [But] She wants to support me and my work. I won’t be able to sit there myself. I am not going to put any pressure on her either way. It’s her decision. She’s well aware that it’s pretend, but it’s probably not that comfortable to watch. »