Jamie Dornan has transitioned from playing a serial killer in The Fall to a bad boy billionaire with an S&M fetish in Fifty Shades of Grey, but how much do these characters compare to his real personality?
In a recent interview with The Guardian UK, the Irish actor said, “I consider myself quite light-hearted, pretty easy-going, and I keep playing sick psychopath bastards! It kinda worries me sometimes how comfortable I am in that zone.”
Well, at least he’s very aware of the pattern there! Sometimes he can’t even believe he’s playing Christian Grey.
“There are times when I’ll be like: ‘Huh, someone made a Fifty Shades movie, that’s funny.’ And then I’ll be like: ‘Wait, I’m the guy?!'” he revealed.
As for the controversy behind it all?
“You know, I’m not naive as to why people would think it was a bad [career] choice, or why there is a snobbery about it. But I’m also not stupid, and I knew with [director] Sam [Taylor-Johnson], and [cinematographer] Seamus McGarvey, the film would be in safe hands. And, you know, it does no harm to be in a film that makes half a billion dollars,” he added.
There have been rumors since the first film that Dornan wouldn’t be returning for the rest of the franchise because his wife was uncomfortable with his sex scenes. Although Dornan hasn’t responded directly, his rep debunked the rumor last month.
Dornan and his costar Dakota Johnson are apparently in salary negotiations at the moment, reportedly demanding more pay for the second Fifty Shades film.