Well, simply put, it seems that Fifty Shades of Grey leads, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, do NOT like each other. Or at least, they didn’t like each other much during filming and in the beginning of their press marathon which began last summer. Or the film the they’re in and promoting to the ends of earth. A visit to The Today Show in July seemed more like couples therapy:
Natalie Morales: What is it like shooting together. I mean, is there that instant chemistry?
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson: [Shake heads no.]
Natalie Morales: No. You hate each other.
Jamie Dornan [Nods head yes.]
Dakota Johnson: [Studies ceiling.]
Natalie Morales: He’s hard to work with?
Dakota Johnson: [Loud exhale.]
OK. Awkward. But it happens in interviews. Here’s Dakota Johnson in Glamour:
“But I don’t want my family to see [the movie], because it’s inappropriate. Or my brothers’ friends, who I grew up with. I think they’d be like, ‘Blegh.’ Also there’s part of me that’s like, I don’t want anyone to see this movie. Just kidding.”
There’s an article in the February issue of Vanity Fair that sheds a LOT of light on the subject of on-set fighting. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E.L. James made no secret of their quarrels:
“I kept trying to remind myself that they hired me for a reason. Some people said to me, ‘I’m surprised you haven’t quit.’ I was like, ‘Why would you think I’d quit?’ I never quit anything. Not without a fight.” She admits, of James, “We battled all the way through. She’d say the same. There were tough times and revelatory times. There were sparring contests. It was definitely not an easy process, but that doesn’t mean to say that it didn’t come out the right way.”
Others would beg to differ. My old pal, the legendary NY DJ Anita Sarko caught 50 Shades the other night and posted this mini-review on Facebook:
“50 Shades of Grey” made me gag…but not in a GOOD way. As strangers on the down escalator commiserated over what a god-awful stupid piece of crap it was, one poor girl wailed, ‘You have to read the book! If you had read the book you would realize how great it is!’ She had a point: I didn’t understand the ending because I didn’t know that it was only the first of a trilogy. Obviously, most of the audience was as ignorant as I was because, when it ended, the room first filled with a collective groan (sexual release?) and then ‘Boo!!!!’ (guess not). Everyone was laughing throughout, but we didn’t know if it was the nervous giggling of sexed-up girls or derisive guffaws (I know what OUR’S was.) The best line was, ‘What’s a butt plug?’ followed closely by the Dickensian back storied Christian Grey moaning, ‘I am 50 shades of fucked-up!’. ‘9 1/2 Weeks’ is ‘Citizen Kane’ compared to this.”
Yikes! To be honest, I wasn’t going to see it anyway… But if the Grey Carpet blitz continues around the world is any indication, Dakota, Jamie, Sam and E.L all seem to be making nice now, at least in pictures. (Too much $$ and 2 sequels at stake!) It opened early last night, so no matter WHAT the reviews, for some folks, this might just be a must-see. Tag me in your Twitter review if you do see it. I’m curious what you think. @treynyc
(Photos, Pacific Coast News; via Gawker)