December 30, 2015
'Fifty Shades Darker' Star Jamie Dornan Says Playing Paul Spector Is More 'Heinous' Than Christian Grey

While Jamie Dornan's role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey has its levels of complexity, there is another role that has proved to be difficult to portray for the actor. During a recent Q&A session with fans, Dornan revealed that his part on BBC's The Fall has been the most challenging to date for the Fifty Shades Darker star.

According to the International Business Times, Dornan plays a serial killer named Paul Spector in the crime drama. The series follows detectives as they attempt to track down Spector, who proves adept at eluding the authorities, including Gillian Anderson's Stella Gibson.

When Dornan was questioned about what he thinks has been the most challenging role he has taken during his career, the actor not only revealed that it was Spector, but also explained why the character is difficult to play. Thankfully, Dornan does not share anything in common with his on-screen serial killer.

"Because he's [Spector] just so heinous and I don't have anything going on in my life that I can compare to what he does," Dornan stated.

Given Dornan's role in Fifty Shades of Grey as a billionaire with a BSDM fetish, it is interesting that his part in The Fall is his most challenging. Considering the popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise and how much pressure is involved in Dornan's role, many fans would not have guessed that playing Paul Spector was more challenging for the actor. Apparently, playing a serial killer is not an easy task.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' [Image via Universal Pictures]
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' [Image via Universal Pictures]

Meanwhile, Dornan's comments were made as pre-production for Fifty Shades Darker is currently underway. In the sequel to the highly successful Fifty Shades of Grey film, Dornan is set to be joined by co-star Dakota Johnson, with the two reprising their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively.

Fifty Shades Darker is expected to begin production in the early part of 2016. The movie is scheduled to be released in the early part of 2017. Fortunately for fans, Jamie Dornan took some time away from this busy schedule to answer questions, and revealing his most challenging role was not all that Dornan dished out during his sit down interview.

In fact, Movie News Guide is reporting that Dornan also shared a few tips on how he remembers his character's lines. In particular, Dornan explained how he actually records his own voice speaking the other lines in his dialogue and uses those recordings to rehearse.

"I record both sides of a dialogue and play it on my iPhone and walk around and end up having a conversation with myself," Dornan shared. "It's strange, but it works."

Meanwhile, Dornan also revealed which role he would have most liked to play. As it turns out, Dornan has always wanted to portray Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild.

"I really wanted to play that part but I never had an absolute chance of getting it."

Jamie Dornan and his wife, Amelia Warner. [Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images]
Jamie Dornan and his wife, Amelia Warner. [Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images]

At the same time, Dornan also had a few tips to share for young and aspiring actors who have trouble with auditions. Unfortunately, Dornan admitted that he is not that good at performing his best during auditions, and he told fans that sometimes all they can do is "hope they like some of your previous work and give you the job anyway."

Apart from his role as Paul Spector in The Fall and Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker, the actor is currently married to Amelia Warner. The couple have one daughter together, Dulcie, who is currently 2-years-old.

Fans can watch the entire interview with the Fifty Shades Darker star on YouTube.

Tell us! Who do you think is a more twisted role for Jamie Dornan to play — Paul Spector in The Fall or Christian Grey in Fifty Shades? Let us know in the comments below.

[Image via BBC America]