Dakota Johnson has described the making of the hit erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey as “loopy” and that she “signed as much as do a really completely different model of the movie [she] ended up making”.
Johnson, who’s at the moment showing in award-winning indie comedy Cha Cha Real Smooth and about to launch an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Persuasion, spoke to Vanity Fair about Fifty Shades of Gray, through which she starred reverse Jamie Dorman as Christian Gray in a 2015 movie model of EL James’ finest promoting novel directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Two additional movies, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, had been launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, with James Foley changing Taylor-Johnson as director and over which James was given what has been described as “unprecedented management”.
Johnson suggests the film-makers’ battle over the script was the primary supply of issues. The credited author is Kelly Marcel, finest generally known as the co-writer of Saving Mr Banks, and it was widely reported that Taylor-Johnson employed Notes on a Scandal’s Patrick Marber to “polish” the script. In keeping with Johnson, after Charlie Hunnam, the actor initially forged as Gray, dropped out, James “scrapped” the script.
“It simply grew to become one thing loopy,” Johnson stated. “There have been loads of completely different disagreements.”
Johnson added: “[James] had loads of artistic management, all day, daily, and he or she simply demanded that sure issues occur. There have been elements of the books that simply wouldn’t work in a film, just like the internal monologue, which was at occasions extremely tacky. It wouldn’t work to say out loud. It was at all times a battle. At all times … We’d do the takes of the film that [James] wished to make, after which we’d do the takes of the film that we wished to make … It was like mayhem on a regular basis.”
Johnson additionally stated she derived a mistaken impression of the movie after being requested to learn a monologue from Ingmar Bergman’s classic psychological study Persona as an audition piece. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, that is going to be actually particular.’ ”
Requested if she regretted making the movie, she regrets making the movies, Johnson stated: “If I had identified on the time that’s what it was going to be like, I don’t assume anybody would’ve performed it. It could’ve been like, ‘Oh, that is psychotic.’ However no, I don’t remorse it.”