Jamie Dornan: I Understand Why People Think Fifty Shades Of Grey Is Misogynistic
Jamie Dornan opens up in the February issue of Elle UK about Fifty Shades of Grey and why people might call the plot “misogynistic.” Dornan, who plays sexual sadist Christian Grey, says the film is about more than just bondage and submission. He says it’s a love story.
Dornan, who visited a sex dungeon to learn more about BDSM in preparation for his role in the movie adaptation of the erotic bestseller, notes, “I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic.” He adds, “But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men.” Dornan tells the magazine, “It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”
The actor says the film is ultimately about Grey’s emotional relationship with Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson. “The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect,” he explains. “I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”
Dornan also discusses the difficulties of being away when he is working from his two-year-old daughter with Amelia Warner. “I’ve had to be away the last couple of weekends, and I come back and I barely recognize her, and it’s awful; she changes so much,” says Dornan. “And then I have this huge fear that she won’t recognize me. The beard helps, but I had to shave it off a couple of times, so she’s been shocked for the first few hours. She looks at me like: ‘Do I love you? I think I love you.’ I have to win back her trust.”
Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters on February 14. What do you think of Dornan’s comments?