One of the hottest topics of the year has been the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the best selling books of all time. When word got out that filmmakers were taking the erotic fan-fiction of the Twilight series and putting it on the big screen, some were excited, many were furious. Fifty Shades of Grey has been heavily criticized for having abysmal writing and disturbing, predatory sexual themes. However, the actress playing the lead role in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is more worried about losing her anonymity than bearing the brunt of hate for the film.
Dakota Johnson recently did an interview with Vogue magazine to discuss Fifty Shades of Grey and the inevitability of her massive fame. While Dakota Johnson has shown her face in other mainstream media, like the cancelled show Ben and Kate, she’s nowhere near a household name. But when the extremely controversial Fifty Shades movie hits theaters, there will be no escaping the notoriety.
“I think about my dwindling anonymity and that’s really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses—which I will do anyway.”
But Johnson has no regrets about taking a role in Fifty Shades of Grey as Anastasia Steele.
“I wanted to be involved because it’s so different and it’s an intense love story.”
Although many actors and actresses turned down the leading roles in Fifty Shades of Grey after reading the content of the script, Dakota Johnson was not a back-up choice for her role; director Sam Taylor-Johnson claimed that Dakota’s audition was incredible.
“She was a bit of a scene-stealer,” Taylor-Johnson said. “It was one of those little appearances where you think, I need more of that girl!”
Once the production team was certain that Dakota would have on-screen chemistry with her male counterpart, Jamie Dornan, she was given the part instantly.
Since Johnson was cast, the internet and the media have been constantly abuzz about the upcoming release of Fifty Shades of Grey. Questions about how explicit the adaptation will be have been raised, as well as concerns about the possibility of the movie sending a negative message about the sadomasochistic sex portrayed in the novel. Meanwhile, Dakota is bracing herself for the transition from an unknown sitcom actress to a worldwide star.
“It’s just the most insane thing to be a part of,” Dakota admitted. “I’ve never experienced anything like this; I don’t think anyone has. It’s terrifying—and it’s exciting.”
Perhaps in anticipation of being sky-rocketed to fame by Fifty Shades of Grey, Johnson claims she plans to take the whole year off after the movie is released, according to the International Business Times. Even so and regardless of how the film performs in theaters and in reviews, you can except quite a few Fifty Shades sequels.
What do you think about Fifty Shades of Grey? Will the film adaptation be any better than the Fifty Shades of Grey novels?