Magazine article Variety

Q&a: Fifty Shades Author E.L. James

Magazine article Variety

Q&a: Fifty Shades Author E.L. James

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Author E.L. James was a producer on the film that was made from her bestseller. With Variety's Ramin Setoodeh, she discussed Jamie Dornan's performance, why she chose Universal's Focus Features to make the film, and whether or not the movie's mix of plot and sex left her, uh, satisfied.

Ramin Setoodeh Were you familiar with Jamie Dornan's work when his name came up as a possibility to star in "Fifty Shades"? And why did you think he would be a good fit to play Christian?

E.L. James: I first saw Jamie onscreen in May 2013 when he played the terrifying Paul Spector in the BBC crime series "The Fall." It was long before pre-production or casting for "Fifty Shades," but he struck me at the time as a real contender for Christian Grey. He's certainly good-looking enough, but it was his intensity that captured my attention; when he's onscreen, it's hard to take your eyes off him. He also has the youthfulness that's essential to the character of Christian.

RS: Now that you've seen the completed film, what do you think of Jamie's performance?

ELJ: The way he slowly opens up in response to the challenge of Ana is touching and captivating. His performance captures both Christian's confidence and his insecurity. …

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