Production for Fifty Shades Darker was in full swing when terror attacks put an end to the Bastille Day festivities in Nice, France.
For Jamie Dornan and the rest of the cast of the erotic film, acting was the last thing on their minds.
According to the Stir, Dornan remembers trying to get back into character after the attacks and thought filming was “frivolous and wrong.”
Dornan brought his family to Nice while production for the movie entered its final days.
After the attacks, Dornan’s wife, Amelia Warner, and their two children were shaken up and heartbroken for the people of France. This made it even harder for Dornan to resume acting in the midst of the tragedy.
There was a short delay in filming following the Bastille Day attacks as producers had to make sure everyone working on the project was safe. Once everyone’s safety was secure, filmmakers decided to move forward with production.
Although Dornan didn’t feel it was right to resume filming after the attacks, he realized that the project had to be finished.
After all, the cast and crew had deadlines to meet, and millions of dollars was at stake.
In the end, Dornan did not feel like he was unnecessarily pushed to get into character again. While it was hard to resume acting, he proceeded with a heavy heart and managed with the support of everyone involved in the movie.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long before the cast and crew finished filming for both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Meanwhile, fans are still left wondering whether or not Dornan went full frontal in Fifty Shades Darker.
Apparently, things got so hot and heavy that Dornan doesn’t even remember what happened.
“I can’t remember [if I went nude],” Dornan admitted in an interview with Vanity Fair. “It was so long ago. Two weeks ago we finished.”
According to Digital Spy, Dornan is fully aware of the double-standard in Hollywood when it comes to actresses appearing nude.
“I do think it’s unfair. I understand why women have an issue with that,” Dornan shared. “But there’s plenty male genitalia on show. Orlando Bloom did it today without even needing to. But I understand why.”
It still isn’t known if Dornan shed everything for Fifty Shades Darker, but his co-star Dakota Johnson certainly did.
The pair were spotted shooting a beach scene in France last month when Johnson took off her top.
“There’s more of an active taste for women to take their clothes off and be seen as a sex object,” he added. “That can be gratuitous and I don’t agree with that.”
Apart from Dornan’s full frontal, fans can expect a change in tone from the first film in the franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey.
According to Melty, Dornan opened up about the change in directors and revealed that James Foley brought a renewed sense of energy to the erotic thriller.
“The general feeling on set has altered, definitely, because the energy of the director is at the top of the pyramid and that trickles down to the whole 200-strong crew,” he explained. “Some elements have shifted somewhat, but it’s still a lot of the same recurring crew and the actors are the same, much of it doesn’t really change.”
In addition to a new director, E.L. James brought on her husband, Niall Leonard, to serve as a screenwriter.
Despite the changes in crew, Dornan assured fans that the pressure to perform wasn’t as strong as the first movie and everyone was more relaxed as a result.
Fifty Shades Darker is scheduled to arrive in theaters on February 10, 2017, while the last film in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, will open a year later.
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