Dakota Johnson has discussed the unpleasant aspects of filming the “Fifty Shades” trilogy. The trilogy was based on the E. L. James book series and depicted the tale of a passionate romance between youthful Anastasia Steele and successful businessman Christian Grey.
The films, which also featured Jamie Dornan, received negative reviews from critics but went on to find success at the box office. The movie made $1.325 billion globally on a $150 million combined budget. Some people were titillated by the BDSM element included, which ironically turned out to be the franchise’s USP. While many thought the characters to be underdeveloped and the relationship between Anastasia and Christian to be borderline abusive, others were enthralled by it.
Johnson, though, doesn’t seem to have only positive memories of the movies. She objected to the author, James, interfering with her own creative process.
She claimed in a Vanity Fair interview that “I agreed to work on a completely different draft of the movie we ultimately produced. Every day, [E.L. James] had complete creative authority and she just insisted on particular outcomes.”
Johnson continued, “Monologues, which was at times really cheesy,” were one of the sections of the books that bothered her since they would not translate well to the screen. Speaking it out loud wouldn’t work. It was a constant struggle. Always. I thought “Oh, this is going to be incredibly great” as I read a monologue from Persona during my audition for that film. There were numerous diverse conflicts.
Since you want to market a movie the correct way, I’ve never been able to discuss this honestly. Ultimately, I’m proud of what we produced, and everything worked out as it should have, but it was challenging. The takes for the movie [James] wanted to make would be done first, followed by the takes for the movie we wanted to do. I would rework situations with the original dialogue the previous evening so I could occasionally add a line. All the time, it seemed chaotic.
Johnson’s next acting role will be in the film “Persuasion,” which is based on Jane Austen’s book of the same name. Richard E. Grant, Henry Golding, Cosmo Jarvis, and Nikki Amuka-Bird are also featured in the Carrie Cracknell-directed film. The movie will be available on Netflix starting July 15, 2022.