Dakota Johnson is having second thoughts about whether her famous mom and dad should see her new film, Fifty Shades of Grey, after all. Based on the bestselling “mommy porn” erotic novel, the film — scheduled for release on Friday — contains numerous scenes of nudity, sex, and bondage.
The 25-year-old Dakota Johnson’s mom is Melanie Griffith, 57, who was a major star in the 1980s and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 1988 film Working Girl.
Johnson’s dad is another 1980s icon, Don Johnson, 65, star of the seminal TV cop show Miami Vice. Griffith and Johnson were married twice, first when Griffith — daughter of actress Tippi Hedren who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds — was just 18. The pair quickly divorced, but remarried 13 years later, in 1989.
Johnson is their daughter from that second marriage, which ended in 1996. Griffith then married actor Antonio Banderas and remained with that husband until last year.
Given the explicit nature of Dakota Johnson’s performance in the 50 Shades film, her self-consciousness about her parents viewing the movie is perhaps understandable. But in a recent interview, she admitted having second thoughts.
“I’m starting to think that maybe they can,” Johnson told USA Today.
“And if they get uncomfortable, they can leave. I would love for them to see what I’ve been working on so quietly.”
The question, however, is whether Johnson’s famous parents would actually want to see the film, even if only to support their daughter.
“She would be very uncomfortable if I saw it, and I would be very uncomfortable if I saw it,” said mom Melanie Griffith.
“So we would never be able to talk about it, so why would I see it? Would you want to see your child having sex like that? Just regular sex, I couldn’t even do that, but the ‘room of pain’ sex? I definitely couldn’t do that!”
As for dad Don Johnson, he has taken the jaded approach to the erotic film, which to him is nothing but a retread of ground broken decades ago, when it comes to the depiction of sexual sadomasochism.
“It’s not something I would go to anyway. If you’ve read Story of O, which I did in the Sixties, you pretty much get it,” said Don Johnson, comparing 50 Shades of Grey to the now-classic 1954 French novel by Anne Desclos, which itself was adapted into a film in 1975.