Jamie Dornan was in New York this weekend for a final promotional push before the release of Fifty Shades Of Grey this Friday. The studio has already greenlit the two sequels; they’re likely confident with their numbers predictions. I wonder though if they might want to talk to Dornan about his attitude when they get around to releasing the follow-ups, particularly his comments related to the sex.
Dornan gave an interview to Notebook and here’s how he described his sex scenes with Dakota Johnson:
“If I was about to be doing something particularly heinous to Dakota, I would apologise in advance and say, "I'm probably not going to derive a huge amount of pleasure out of this. I want you to know that."'
Is that…the right word?
If we’re supposed to be open to exploring sexual adventurous and trying to normalise kink – WITH CONSENT, obviously – doesn’t a word like “heinous” undermine the effort? As far as I know, there’s only one way to read “heinous”:
Abominable, NOT POSITIVE, deviant, gross, ugly…
Basically most of the men I’ve slept with.
This, to me, is not only counterintuitive to selling the sex in the film, it’s also disrespectful to those in the kink community who practise safely, healthily, proudly. There’s so much SHAME in the way he talks about the physical connection between the characters. And, you know, I get it if he’s ashamed because the EL James’s writing is sh-t and I get it if he’s embarrassed by the link between his acting and her piece of sh-t book and if he had used the word “heinous” to describe her sentences I’d understand.
But that’s not what he’s shaming here – what he’s shaming is the sex, the film’s portrayal of the sex. It’s disappointing. And, frankly, really, really insulting.
Also attached - newly released shots of Dornan out in London.