Hey, remember Fifty Shades of Grey? A lot of people saw, and liked, those movies! Also, a lot of people didn't.
Yes, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise — both the books and the movies — were definitely love-it-or-hate-it (or, love-to-hate-it) affairs. And Jamie Dornan, who played Christian Grey in the films, is well aware.
In a recent interview with British GQ, Dornan pointed out that the books were loved by fandom...and despised by every critic. Real critics hated the books.”
Dornan said that when he took the role after Charlie Hunnam dropped out, he "felt the wrath of hatred" and already knew what he was getting himself into. "You know that you’re going to have these movies that are for the fans...that are gonna make a ton of money," he explained.
"But you know that the critics will be...licking their lips, and that’s exactly what happened. And we knew that was going to happen, so you’re watching that play out, and at times that’s fucking difficult.”
Despite those challenges, though, Dornan doesn't regret making the Fifty Shades films — not one bit. "Every move I have made in my career...I have only been able to do because of those films," he explained.
"Any, like, well-received more independent stuff I’ve done the last five or six years...they’re only paying for those films to be made off my name because I’m in a franchise that made $1.4 billion. That’s how that works. It’s all part of it, it’s given me so much, so of course I don’t regret it.”