We’re stopping all regularly scheduled programming today to view the newest 50 Shades of Grey trailer (I already did so multiple times. For research. I’m nothing if not thorough). These movie makers are really trying to get us excited about their choice for Christian Grey and the book-to-movie adaptation of our most favourited and villified (and most-amateurly-penned-that-made-the-most-money) erotic novel of all time.
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We have never really been sure about who casting selected to bring Christian Grey to life. This is because we all had our personal picks for who we’d like to introduce our inner goddess to (the housewives of the world have VERY vivid imaginations). Mine was Arrow’s Stephen Amell (who said in an interview that he would never ever, which made me sad, but not sad enough to stop watching videos of him doing Crossfit.)
Author E.L. James had the most difficult job of auditioning all the Christians (it wasn’t enough that she’s now a lady porn millionaire? There are more ways than one to win the lottery) and picked what we thought was a strange choice: Charlie Hunnam. Sons of Anarchy fans were appalled but then thrilled when the blonde haired brit got cold feet (no socks in the Red Room I guess) and bowed out.
A mad scramble ensued, since they were just about ready to go into production and apparently nobody wanted to don the tie and faded low-ride ripped jeans. Why? Well probably this equation: Role gone good = instant fame. Role gone bad = laughingstock a la Carrot Top.
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Which brought us to Jamie Dornan. I read somewhere he was the last choice. I know he was mine. This guy is nobody’s visual idea of Christian Grey. He’s too sweet looking. He doesn’t ooze sex or have that chiseled, hardened, POWERFUL look that we imagined our Grey would have. He seems too nice. Christian is supposed to be a tyrant with a sweet little boy hiding inside. This guy seems to be the opposite.
Or can you not judge a book by it’s cover?
The first trailer was released last July. It was pretty hot, but we still WERE NOT SURE. At least I wasn’t. Jamie Dornan is cute like a puppy dog. He is NOT unrelentingly sexy. He is NOT that guy in that scene where the waitress can’t even take Anastasia’s order because she’s so enthralled. However, having said that, I could see HINTS of Christian.
Watch. What do you think?
And then, yesterday, Universal Pictures released a second trailer.
My eyeballs are still steaming. Jamie Dornan’s sex god-ness is coming along nicely. It seems he’s had had a bit of a bad boy renaissance. Either that, or the film has a great editor. Because he is Becoming Christian Grey. He’s getting tougher, more domineering, stronger. He’s wearing that grey tie like nobody’s ever worn one before. He’s giving riding the elevator new meaning.
So what do you think? Are you jumping on the Jamie Dornan bandwagon? Is he beginning to inhabit the Christian Grey of your imagination?
I can’t wait to see more trailers. I hope they’re not better than the actual film (hate it when that happens).
FYI- In case you’ve been living under a rock, 50 Shades of Grey comes out on February 14, 2015 (a very strange day for a definitely straight up GNO flick to come out. I guess, instead of a box of chocolates, my husband can take me to a mainstream porno. That’s romantic.)
And no, Mom, if you’re reading this. I will NOT go see this movie with you.
PS put up your hand if you REALLY, REALLY hope that they leave out the tampon scene. EW. I’m no shrinking violet, but that was gross.