Jamie Dornan said part of being an actor is not having control over certain things. He said he accepted the role of Christian Grey, admitting he walked in knowing the movie was going to be slated
Jamie Dornan has admitted that he knew he would be in for bad reviews after taking the role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey films.
The actor, 39, spoke openly about what he thought about the saucy flicks and said that he was aware how many people would “hate” the film.
In a brutally honest interview with GQ, The Fall actor said: “I did spend a lot of time weighing up whether to take the Fifty Shades role.
“Sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised; sometimes you can be bitterly disappointed. Take that project [and] you know that loads of people are going to hate it – hate it – before they have even seen it. Why? Because, guess what? The majority of people hated the books.”
He was asked if he’d accepted the role, after Charlie Hunnam stepped down, knowing that the reviews would be bad.
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His response was: “Oh, yes. I walked in knowing that. But nevertheless, it was a massive opportunity.”
He was still riding the wave of the success of BBC’s The Fall and had been nominated for a Bafta when Fifty Shades hit the big screens.
One critic said his participation in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s films was a “devastating career choice”, and Dornan admitted that he was “very aware” that he would be slated for his “bad choice”.
The 39-year-old who had been in the running for the role for a while before it was announced, said he felt relieved when Charlie Hunnam was given the role.
However, when Charlie pulled out due to scheduling problems, he was offered the job and said that he made the decision to take the risk and take it.
Looking on the positive side, he said: “it’s done no harm to my career to be part of a movie franchise that has made more than $1 billion. 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.”
Jamie suffered tragedy last year after he lost his dad to Covid, calling his death “pretty brutal”.
After losing his mum aged just 16, he said his dad was his “beacon of positivity” in his life.
Recalling the heartbreaking time, he said: “I was in quarantine in a hotel in Sydney with my whole family, with still three days of quarantine [left on] the day he died, not able to leave this f****** room. And I hadn’t seen him since Christmas 2019, like so many people… F****** dreadful.”
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