Jamie Dornan's acting challenge

Jamie Dornan says playing Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was a massive challenge because he is so unlike the kinky businessman

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Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan says playing Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was a massive challenge.

The 32-year-old actor admits he struggled to like anything about his character in the upcoming erotic film.

He said: "Christian was a massive challenge. I've played a couple of sick, sick dudes, serial killers... and characters who don't treat women they way society deems appropriate. But it's just TV, movies, it's not real. I've always had a deep respect for women. I have two sisters. My father spent his career as an obstetrician-gynecologist caring for women... But you have to find something likable in every character you play. I like how driven Christian is. [Still], I don't think I would like him if he was a real dude and we met."

Jamie says his first day on the set of the thriller was surreal.

He explained: "The first day was kind of an out of body experience. I got there and they said, 'Action!' I'm like, 'What the f**k is happening? I'm a dad. What?' "

But he quickly formed a close bond with his co-star Dakota Johnson because he felt "protective" of some of the situations they got into.

He told Britain's Glamour magazine: "I've never had an on-screen relationship as intense with another actress. We respect and trust each other.

"Some of the Red Room stuff was uncomfortable. There were times when Dakota was not wearing much, and I had to do stuff to her that I'd never choose to do to a woman. I felt very protective and aware that it probably wasn't easy for her to be put in those situations, and exposed."

Fifty Shades of Grey

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle
  • UK release: 13 February 2015

Despite its troubling gender politics and distinct lack of plot, the likeable Johnson brings nuance and charm to a paper-thin character; Dornan manages to offer a hint of humanity; and given the many constraints, this sleek, fairly trim and occasionally sensual adaptation is the best imaginable outcome.

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