Dakota Mayi Johnson is an American model and actress best known for her performance as Anastasia Steele in the erotic-romantic-drama film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels.
Dakota Johnson thinks back on the time she worked on Fifty Shades of Grey and says that it was “chaos” behind the scenes. In an article on the cover of Vanity Fair, the actress talked about her starring role as Anastasia Steele in the $1.3 billion film trilogy based on EL James’ best-selling books.
She said she was interested in director Sam Taylor-idea Johnson’s for a stripped-down version of the book, which led to her taking the role. But in the end, the script would change, and James would still be in charge. Johnson told Vanity scholarship, “I signed up to do a very different version of the movie that we ended up making.”
Johnson said this about James: “She had a lot of creative control every day, all day long, and she just told things to happen. There were parts of the books that wouldn’t work as well in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was sometimes so cheesy that it would be hard to watch. It wouldn’t work to say it out loud. It was hard all the time. Always.”
Charlie Hunnam was supposed to play Christian Grey alongside Johnson, but he had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict. Jamie Dornan ended up taking his place. Playwright Patrick Marber changed the script in the meantime, but Johnson said that James threw out Marber’s changes.
“I was a child. I was 23. So it scared me. “Everything just went crazy,” she said. “There were a lot of different differences of opinion. I’ve never been able, to tell the truth about this because you want to promote a movie the right way. I’m proud of what we’ve finally made and everything is as it should be, but it was hard.
Johnson told Lexy Perez Erika that they would “shoot the movie she wanted to shoot, and then we’d shoot the movie we wanted to shoot.” She went on, “The night before, I’d rewrite scenes with the old dialogue so I could add a line here and there. It was a constant mess.”
Dakota Johnson doesn’t regret making the movies, no matter what: “I don’t think it’s a matter of regret. If I had known at the time that it would turn out that way, nobody would have done it. It would have made you think, “Oh, this is crazy.” But no, I don’t regret it.”
Johnson disproves the rumors that she and her co-star Dornan didn’t get along, and she talks about how close they were on set. She said, “There was never a time we didn’t get along.” “I know it’s strange, but I feel like he’s my brother. I love him so, so, so much. And we really helped each other out. We really had to trust each other and look out for each other. Johnson also said that they “had to be a team,” especially since they had “done the weirdest things for years.”
Taylor-Johnson didn’t come back to direct the second movie. Instead, James Foley took over, and Johnson said that the next two movies felt “different.”
She said, “Sam didn’t return to direct after the first movie because, as a woman, she had a softer point of view. James Foley went to school for directing and is a very interesting person. It was different to do those weird things with a guy behind the camera. Just different energy.
There are still some things I can’t say because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s reputation or career, but Jamie and I were both treated very well. Erika is a very nice person, and she was always nice to me. I’m glad she wanted me to be in those movies.
Why Was Dakota Johnson Cast in Fifty Shades of Grey?
Charlie Hunnam was supposed to play Christian Grey, but he dropped out of the movie because of “scheduling conflicts.” Johnson was cast as Anastasia Steele. Johnson says that this made James so angry that she threw out the whole script, leaving the rest of the crew to pick up the pieces.