Fifty Shades Of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson: E L James Was “Difficult” And We “Fought” On The Set

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Sam Taylor Johnson Fought E L James

By Michael Lewittes

Sam Taylor Johnson Fought E L James

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Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson says there was a lot of tension, and we’re not taking sexual, between her and E L James, the author of the bestselling “Fifty Shades Of Grey” trilogy. In a new interview, Taylor-Johnson admitted that making the film under James’ watchful eye was “difficult.” She further acknowledged they they really “fought” over some of the creative decisions, but added that they were ultimately able to “resolve” them.

Speaking with Porter magazine, the director said she’s very non-confrontational, but they “would have proper on-set barneys,” using the British slang for intense arguments. Taylor-Johnson noted the problems stemmed from “satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualize this person on screen.” Ultimately, it happened and the much-hyped film, starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as the S&M and bondage-loving Christian Grey, is set for release on February 13.

Taylor-Johnson further said she knew how the film needed to be shot, and wanted to make it the “right way.” She called the story between Grey and Steele a “dark twisted fairy tale,” with “romance” and “darkness interweaved.” And even though it’s just rated R, Taylor-Johnson said that for a Hollywood film, “It’s going to be extreme… pretty sexually explicit.”

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