Jamie Dornan, who rose to the new heights of fame with his character, Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey and other installments of the franchise opened up about how he coped with the backlash at that time.
During his appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the Heart of Stone actor revealed that after the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015, he and his family stayed at director Sam Taylor-Johnson's house for a while, amidst backlash.
“[I was] coming off the back of career-altering reviews for The Fall and BAFTA nominations and all the madness The Fall brought to ridicule,” Dornan said.
The Wildly Mountain Thyme actor added, “I think I hid, my family went down to Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s place. They weren’t there. They let us have their place in the country, and we sort of hid there for a while and shut ourselves off from the world a bit.”
Dornan also recalled how he was obligated to do other two sequels of the film as it became a box office phenomenon at that time.
“It made so much money so like, films two and three were greenlit overnight,” the actor added, “It was a strange thing because there’s a bit of ridicule here, and I’m now contracted to do two more, knowing that there will be much more damnation to come.”
Despite the backlash, Dornan admitted that he still doesn’t regret the films, “I’ve just had very glowing reviews for recent work. And there won’t be any that don’t mention Fifty Shades in them … A lot of reviews are like: ‘He’s great, but lest we forget when he wasn’t great here,'” he said. “Regret that I did them? No.”
Jamie Dornan starred in Fifty Shades films alongside Dakota Johnson, who played his ladylove Anastasia Steele in the trilogy.
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