When you have been a former Calvin Klein model and are now a talked about actor who has starred in one of the most coveted roles in recent cinematic history, there is ample reason to prove that you have become the new man obsession, and yes, thank you for guessing correctly that we are indeed talking about Jamie Dornan. The actor who has already wrapped up shooting for the first film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, and stars as the titular character of Christian Grey in the film. The 31 year old actor, from Belfast, Ireland has also been a noted name on television playing the role of a sheriff and a huntsman in the fantasy, adventure series “Once Upon a Time” and playing the sinister, dark and scheming serial killer, who targets women and has gripped Belfast in his fear, Paul Spector, who unbeknownst to many, leads a double life. If during the day, he is a grief counsellor and a doting father to two kids and a loving husband to his nurse wife, at night he gets into the act of targeting, stalking and strangling unsuspecting young women.
With a full plate on the professional front (with the movie and television and ad campaign), Jamie Dornan is a busy man. But Dornan is also busy and has his hands full on the personal front as well. He got married to singer and songwriter Amelia Warner and is a loving father to an infant daughter as well. Hence, with so much on his platter, it is no wonder that he has emerged as the new man obsession among women (and some men too). When Jamie came on board as the new Christian Grey after Charlie Hunnam, some critics were a little less kind and had initially dissed him as the choice. But as he donned the Christian Grey-ish suits and ties and ensembles, and started shooting with those intense and piercing blue eyes in the right place, he quickly won over those who had probably thought that a model who looks like this cannot act! How wrong some perceptions are!
One look at aJamie Dornan poster and you know he is being hailed as the next big thing to have struck Hollywood. He is the perfect combination of the vital stats that make up an alpha male and a sensibility and sensitivity that is so rare in most men (women will agree here). Moreover, as an actor too, he does not complete justice to whatever or whoever he plays on screen and if the recent nominations and wins at the Bafta Television Awards and the Irish Academy Awards respectively are any proof, he knows his craft well.
But before his days as a doting father and a faithful husband, he was also seen as Keira Knightley’s arm candy (sorry Jamie). And that’s not all. If you have been in love or in a relationship with a woman you know how much they love to love a rock star. Though our Jamie may not be a stereotypical rock star (but he has potential), he was in a band, and the band was called Sons of Jim, and they used to sing about fairy tales! So here’s Jamie Dornan for you, the next best thing to happen to Hollywood and to get a bigger scoop of him and go swooning over him, wait till the 13th of Feb 2015, when his film Fifty Shades of Grey releases.
When you play Christian Grey on screen, it cannot be that you will not be recognised or mobbed! And that is what is happening with Jamie Dornan, who will be seen in the role of an enigmatic and mysterious businessman, Christian Grey, who has a taste for BDSM inspired lovemaking. But that’s not news. The news is what Jamie hates when he has to play Christian Grey on the big screen, come February 13th 2015.
And you thought that playing Christian Grey comes with only laurels! In fact, in an earlier interview to The Telegraph, Jamie retorted, saying that there is nobody sane enough who just wants to be famous enough. He added that he hates it when people tell him, that he is just asking for fame, just by doing films. Instead, he says that he is only asking for work and an opportunity to get paid for doing something that he loves. And Jamie is also definitely not asking to be followed or stalked by crazy fans or some paparazzi. Well, looks like fame comes at a price and playing Christian Grey comes at an even bigger price.
The 31 year old actor from Northern Ireland, Belfast to be precise, was a Calvin Klein model before he made his foray into the world of television soaps and films, and though he might hate being followed around by the paparazzi, he has to agree that since he has been welcomed aboard by Erica James the author of the titillating novel on which the movie version is based and the producers and the director, Sam Taylor-Wood, it has been the continuous efforts of the paparazzi to make him a familiar face among the fans and followers of the Fifty Shades trilogy.
If the novel, which has sold more than a hundred million copies, churns out a film based on the first installment of the trilogy, it is expected that there will be a huge fan following around the film. And if an actor with chiselled features and dark and brooding eyes is chosen to fill in the shoes of the protagonist, a pain inflicting lover, who has a way with women, there will be just as much a fan following around him as well. And in that scenario, can the paparazzi be blamed to get one byte and one snap of this uber cool, sensuous and hunk of an actor, which will be hoarded by his female fans.
In the interview taken by The Telegraph, Jamie had remarked that being with his ex-girlfriend of two years (2003 – 2005) Keira Knightley, he got an insight into the world which is infested by the paparazzi and how rotten it can be. Jamie was of the view, at that time, that seeing a young girl, like his ex-girlfriend, Keira Knightley being chased down the street by the mad paparazzi, has nothing positive to it. Well, looks like there is no easy way of being a celebrity. Often your degree of celebrity hood is measured by the amount of attention that the media and the paparazzi showers on you, and going by that yardstick, Jamie is certainly one in the big league.
If you are making a saucy movie like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ people are going to talk, and sometimes even behind your back! And that is what producer Dana Brunetti’s girlfriend Kristin Chenoweth did. Though she was ready with some delicious details about the movie, we think, it actually added to the positive publicity of the flick. Earlier, while attending the Oscars, Dana had already revealed that the movie was not going to be rated NC-17 as it was earlier speculated, and instead will be released with an R rating. And if this was a mood dampener for all the fans of the erotic and BDSM laced novel and now the film, they can take heart from the fact that since the shooting has been wrapped up they might be entitled to a teaser or a trailer of the movie, earlier than expected.
But having said that, we also need to think about the coterie of people, no matter how few they are, who actually think that ‘Fifty Shades…’ is actually porn! Don’t believe us? Ask Dana Brunetti’s girlfriend, Kristin Chenoweth. When Kristin took her boyfriend Dana to her home in Oklahoma to meet her, her mother was quite straight forward when she asked him if he is doing porn, meaning that Fifty Shades is actually porn! While Chenoweth was on the set, being a self confessed fan of Erica James’ work, she said that she enjoyed herself to the hilt. And having experienced the shooting of the movie first hand, and interacting with the author and producer of the movie, Erica, her take on the movie is that she thinks it is going to be a tasteful adaptation. Even her 40 year old boyfriend had some very kind words to say for Erica, who had stayed put in Vancouver while the cast and the crew shot the movie.
Kristin mentioned, while talking about the novel, that it was not only ‘an easy read’, but also fun. While talking about the star cast, she was all praises for Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who play the lead characters of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively. She even mentioned the word ‘salacious’ and ‘wonderful’ to describe them. Though, Kristin was a little down since she was denied the opportunity to see them because it was a ‘closed set’, and we know why, still she was happy that the two of them were chosen in such pivotal roles.
Now that the film is ready and is making all the right noises at the right places, we hope that when the film releases on the 13th of February 2015, Dana and Kristin’s praises find people and admirers who can second them, and by the looks of it, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ sure looks like a winner. Winning the hearts of its fans and followers, the movie adaptation should also be looking at a winning innings at the box office, winning the hearts of the critics alike, and for the handful of people,they should catch the first day and first show of the movie, to dispel the rumor.
Fifty Shades of Grey Can’t Be Bound The Book Joins Harry Potter & Twilight In Achieving MAJOR Milestone!
When it comes to Fifty Shades there isn’t a fan who does not know that it was inspired by the ‘Twilight’ series and before Erica James actually wrote this version of the novel, she had tried a closer to ‘Twilight’ version and called it Master of the Universe. Though her dedicated fans who of this, others will be intrigued to know that she wrote under her pseudonym, Snowqueens Icedragon. And though there were similarities galore between ‘Twilight’ and ‘Master of the Universe’, it was fated that E L Jameswill be known as the creator of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ rather than MotU, or ‘Masters of the Universe’.
When it comes to fan fictions, it can be said that the path was largely paved by Stephanie Meyer and her ‘Twilight’ series and when the film was adapted for the big screen and churned out successful instalments of the novels on the screen, thus popularising actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who played the roles of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, as the vampire and human couple. History can be seen to be repeated here as the film version of ‘Fifty Shades….’ gets all ready to hit the theatres, in its wake making Jamie Dornan and Anastasia Steele larger than life celebrities.
And when we are talking of a literary adaptation, there always remains the risk of the venture either hitting the bull’s eye or not, for the simple reason that parallels are drawn the minute a novel is adapted for the screen. And when it is a successful novel, like a Harry Potter, or a Twilight, or a Fifty Shades, the comparison is even more stark, because of the fan following. Harry Potter, Twilight and Fifty Shades have all achieved literary success and stardom and have crossed hundred million in sales and if that is any reflection of the popularity that these works of literature enjoy, and we are sure they are, then the chances of the movie adaptation succeeding and being scrutinised increases all at the same time.
Though some would have felt that Fifty Shades would be popular only within a small section of its fans who like erotic and risqué literature, its widespread acceptance and now a movie adaptation, which will be rated R to be viewed by most, has thwarted any such chances. With the film almost ready, having finished the shoot at Vancouver, it looks like the cast, the crew and the author’s journey could not be ‘bound or gagged’ much like the phenomenal commercial success of the novel.
When a film like Fifty Shades of Grey is made and is ready for release, it is bound to make some people sit up and take notice of it and though some eyebrows might arch and people might gasp, but no one will be denied the pleasure of watching a young college student being seduced by an entrepreneur and how their story takes an unlikely turn towards a lovestory. February 13th 2015, here it comes!
No sooner has one award season culminated with the biggest award of them all (read the Academy Awards) than another one has already come knocking and for the 31 year old actor, Jamie Dornan, this award season bears good news. The hunky-is-an-understatement actor has been roped in to play the role of kinky businessman and entrepreneur Christian Grey, who has a BDSM fetish. But that’s not why he is in the news lately, the actor, who has created enough ripples in the entertainment world with his stand-out performances in ‘The Fall’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’, will be seen this year at the IFTA or the Irish Film and Television Awards.
Often dubbed as the ‘Irish Oscars’ the gold statuette is a coveted win and considering that the Jamie Dornan has been nominated in the category of the Best Lead Actor in Television, along with stalwarts such as Tom Vaughn Lawlor, Gabriel Byrne and Chris O’Dowd. Gabriel Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Tom Vaughn Lawlor have been nominated in the same category as Dornan for their work on Quirke, Moone Boy and Love/Hate respectively. Jamie’s fellow nominees have only made sure that the competition is going to be tough and everyone has to fight tooth and nail to walk home with their Irish Oscar.
Having wrapped up the shooting of his first major film, Fifty Shades of Grey, which is an adaptation of Erica James’ novel of the same name, the star has renewed shooting for the second season of ‘The Fall’ in Belfast. In the crime thriller, which is set in Northern Island, Jamie Dornan plays a character who leads a double life, of which his wife, children and workers quite oblivious. Former X-Files actress, Gillian Anderson also stars in the series, but she plays the role of someone who is on the other side of the law. She plays a Detective Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police, who is assigned the case of finding a serial killer, who attacks and kills young and professional women in the Irish city of Belfast.
The gripping, edge-of-the-seat drama features Jamie Dornan in this very role, that of a serial killer by night, but a sober man, a bereavement counsellor, husband to a neo-natal nurse and a doting father to two children by day. With the title of being the ‘highest rated drama launch’ in about eight years, it was beyond a doubt that the series would be picked up for a second season and that is precisely what has happened.
After a five-episode first season, the series has been renewed for six episodes and actress Gillian Anderson, will take over the mantel of an executive producer. The second season will be directed by the creator of the series, Allan Cubitt. The production of the second season was scheduled to begin sometime in February this year, and since the word is flying around that Jamie was indeed ready to head to Belfast to take over the role of the dark and sinister Paul Spector, having wrapped up ‘Fifty Shades…’ we can be hopeful that ‘The Fall’ is ready to return to our television screens.