Dakota Johnson Says Fifty Shades of Gray Author’s Behavior Hurt the Film
Dakota Johnson has opened up about her time working on the Fifty Shades of Gray films.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor revealed that the Fifty Shades of Gray adaptation she signed on for was not the one that ended up being made. “I’m a sexual person, and when I’m interested in something, I want to know so much about it,” she explained. “That’s why I did those big naked movies. I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making.” When pressed further, the actor added that while the studio and the directors were part of the issue, it was Fifty Shades author EL James who ended up causing the most problems.
“She had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen,” Johnson continued, who signed a three-picture deal to play Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades trilogy back in 2013.” “There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy. It wouldn’t work to say out loud. It was always a battle.” Always.”
Johnson mentioned that the reason she hadn’t talked about her struggles filming the Fifty Shades films until now was “because you want to promote a movie the right way, and I’m proud of what we made ultimately and everything turns out the way it’s supposed to, but it was tricky.” The actor added that while she does not regret making the films, she wishes she would have known what she was signing up for. “If I had known at the time that’s what it was going to be like, I don’t think anyone would’ve done it,” she stated. “It would’ve been like, ‘Oh, this is psychotic.’ But no, I don’t regret it.”
Since the Fifty Shades franchise concluded in 2018 with Fifty Shades Freed, Johnson has remained busy, boarding several high-profile projects. In February 2022, she was cast as Madame Web in the upcoming superhero film of the same name. The film, which may be a different Marvel film altogether, will be the fifth installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, following 2018’s Venom2021’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage2022’s Morbius and the upcoming Kraven the Hunter. In addition to Johnson, Madame Web will star Emma Roberts, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced and Tahar Rahim. The film is slated to open in theaters on July 7, 2023.
Source: Vanity Fair