Sam Taylor-Johnson reveals she clashed with E.L James

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 February 2015
Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson

'Fifty Shades of Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson has revealed she clashed with E.L James over S&M scenes in the film

E.L James and Sam Taylor-Johnson clashed over S&M scenes in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

The director of the film adaptation, Taylor-Johnson, has conceded that she and the best-selling author disagreed over some of the scenes in the movie, as well as the creative direction of the film.

Reflecting on her relationship with James, the director told Porter magazine: "It was difficult, I'm not going to lie.

"We definitely fought, but they were creative fights, and we would resolve them. We would have proper on-set 'barneys,' and I'm not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she'd written as well as my need to visualise this person on-screen, but, you know, we got there."

Meanwhile, Taylor-Johnson admitted recently that she was forced to remove jellyfish from a sex scene in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

The 47-year-old director revealed she wanted to use images of the sea-dwelling creatures in a fantasy scene with lead character Anastasia Steele.

However, the scene was scrapped by Universal studios bosses, who decided it was too odd for audiences.

She said: "We went to a beautiful aquarium and there were these jellyfish. They're so sexual, jellyfish, when you look at them in tanks - just the way they move, the fluidity. So there was a scene when we go into Anastasia's world and her head, and we just had these jellyfish on the screen. It was beautiful, very impressionistic. Everyone went, 'What the f**k are those jellyfish doing there?'

"After a while the studio realised, 'OK, we've hired a slightly anarchic artist. How are we going to rein her in a bit?'"

Fifty Shades of Grey

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 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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