Fifty Shades of Grey franchise actor attended a live chat with British GQ where he spoke about the backlash surrounding the films. The actor who recently starred in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast reveals that Fifty Shades was based on books and the cast was staying very close to these books.
Jamie Dornan said of the 2015 franchise, “There’s nothing like Fifty Shades in terms of, it was based on books and we were staying very close to these books.” Dornan added, “These books were loved by fandom. Really loved, obsessively loved, and despised by every critic. Real critics hated the books.”
Dornan continued, “You know that you’re going to have these movies that are for the fans, that the fans are going to love, that is gonna make a ton of money. But you know that the critics will be just, you know, licking their lips and that’s exactly what happened. And we knew that was going to happen so you’re watching that play out and at times that’s f**** difficult.”
However, before landing on Dornan, Charlie Hunnam was to cast Christian Grey, to which Dornan admitted to being ‘relieved.’ “I thought] f***ng that’s great, what a nightmare for that guy. He’s going to have all this scrutiny,” Dornan said. Although, Hunnam dropped out, later, leading the way for Dornan to land the role. He said he immediately “felt the wrath of hatred.”
Despite the negative attention, Dornan said he didn’t regret taking the role because it led to more opportunities in his acting career. “The thing is every move I have made in my career, post those films, I have only been able to do because of those films,” he said. “Because all of the stuff, like Belfast, Beyond Private or any like well-received more independent stuff I’ve done the last five or six years, they’re only budgeting, they’re only paying for those films to be made off my name because I’m in a franchise that made $1.4 billion. That’s how that works. It’s all part of it, it’s given me so much, so of course, I don’t regret it.”
Meanwhile, in October, Dornan told British GQ that he doesn’t stand by hate for the franchise. “Look, put it this way, it’s done no harm to my career to be part of a movie franchise that has made more than $1 billion. Every working actor would say the same thing. It’s provided a lot,” Dornan said at the time. “There’s no shame in saying it’s transformed my life and my family’s life financially. I am very, very grateful for this and always will be.” However, fans of Dornan can next see the actor in Belfast which also stars Caitríona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds, and Judi Dench.