“It lights a fire in me”: Jamie Dornan Claims Fifty Shades Movie With Dakota Johnson Pushed Him to Become a Better Actor After Being Compared to a Hologram

The decision to join a franchise like Fifty Shades is not an easy one. At least Jamie Dornan, who played the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey, agreed. Fans would always remember his face for that reason. Absolutely no one can ever forget his face.

Dornan established himself in the most amazing way after producers were made to recast their original choice, actor Charlie Hunnam (of Sons of Anarchy fame). He portrayed Christian Grey in the well-known Fifty Shades of Grey series.

Most book lovers would assume that the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy would rank among the top ten bestselling books of this decade. The trilogy, however, outperformed that, taking first place after selling 15.2 million copies from 2010 to 2019, according to NPD BookScan.

Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan

Dornan discussed the effect this movie has had on his career in his 2021 interview with Jonathan Heaf at GQ Heroes. He also was candid on dealing with criticism, making career decisions, and moving on after a loss.

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How Did Jamie Dornan Land His Role in Fifty Shades of Grey 

Although the eccentric billionaire, Fifty Shades may not have been the producer’s first choice for the role, Jamie Dornan succeeded in playing the part. We were prepared for it to happen; after he displayed his beautiful face in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. After the film, the actor would also be taken into consideration for any magazine’s ‘s*xiest’ issues. And precisely this occurred in 2015, when he was listed as one of the ‘s*xiest men’ alive in an article published by People Magazine that year.

Before the movie’s shooting even began, moviegoers believed that studio executives would cast established actors to play BDSM enthusiast, ‘Christian Grey,’ and his wide-eyed love interest ‘Anastasia Steele’.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan

But, they were perplexed by their final selection of casting Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, which raised the possibility that the movie might fail. 

In contrast, the first episode ultimately had a successful box office run, which was followed by the success of its sequels. 

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The Impact of the Film on Jamie Dornan’s Career

There are advantages to acting in a big movie. First of all, in addition to the enormous financial rewards in the form of salary and bonus, the fame that follows the film’s premiere is overwhelming.

However, because the media consistently uses the big hit as a benchmark to determine any future career move, the actor generally has to deal with some disadvantages. The media’s constant mention of Dornan’s portrayal of Christian Grey in his films is a scenario that is currently playing out in his life. One such review compared him to a hologram. It said, “Dornan has all the charisma of a hologram.’ That was a bit harsh, I thought.’”

Even so, he stated in the interview with Jonathan Heaf, “Whether A Private War, Anthropoid, Belfast, or whatever comes next, the line in the press is always, ‘It’s the best thing he has done since Fifty Shades Of Grey.'”

Jamie Dornan
Jamie Dornan

“It lights a fire in me. If that means people saying, ‘Oh, actually he’s not that bad,’ well, so be it,” he added.

Of course, one can’t really blame the media for referencing Fifty Shades of Grey each time they write about Dornan. Because of how popular the film was, it would take a while for interest in it to wane.

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Source- British GQ Heroes 

Siddhika Prajapati
Siddhika Prajapati

Flights of occasional fantasies, strong opinions, encouraging hyperbole, and good grammar are what describe her. Literature Honors Graduate and Post-Graduated in Journalism, she is the Senior Entertainment Writer at Animated Times, who is madly in love with the lights, camera, and action sector. An entertainment enthusiast by day, a dreamer, and occasionally a stargazer by night, she enjoys turning words into tiny yarn balls for poetry that readers might find admirable. You would find her buried under printed fiction who is heavily influenced by dark humor.

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