Fifty Shades of Grey’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, sure isn’t holding back on her opinion of E.L. James. Taylor-Johnson dished on the drama behind the scenes with the Fifty Shades of Grey author. Usually once a work is adapted, the author has very little to do with what’s seen on the screen, but apparently James was difficult in the early stages of development.
Sam Taylor-Johnson spilled the beans to Porter magazine about the difficult time. “It was difficult, I’m not going to lie.”
She continued to go into the particulars about why it was so difficult. “We definitely fought, but they were creative fights and we would resolve them. We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualize this person on screen, but, you know, we got there.”
— PORTER magazine (@PORTERmagazine) February 4, 2015
As for what E.L. James was so aggravated about? James was apparently miffed after the infamous tampon scene was cut, and also wasn’t happy that fans weren’t getting full-frontal nudity from star Jamie Dornan.
At the time, Dornan told the Guardian, “There were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn’t be seeing my… todger.”
He continued to explain why they decided to leave that part out of the film.
“You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic.”
As for Taylor-Johnson’s opinion of the tampon scene? It doesn’t seem like she really had one, and if she did, she wasn’t letting the public in on her thoughts in regards to that part of the book.
“It was never even discussed.”
The producer on the film, Michael De Luca, explained it best.
“The book needed to put you in Ana’s shoes to be a successful experience. A lot of it was very literal. The movie didn’t need to do that. It’s a completely different medium.”
Even though there were problems on set, E.L. James seems to be fine with the final cut of the film.
” ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ is first and foremost a romantic love story, and the sex is only part of that. I’m pretty sure the millions of fans who have the read the trilogy will think there is enough sex.”
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