The Key to Filming '50 Shades of Grey,' Says Dakota Johnson, Is to 'Have No Shame'
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The Key to Filming '50 Shades of Grey,' Says Dakota Johnson, Is to 'Have No Shame'

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 7, 2014 | Comments ()


… and that’s probably why Ms. Johnson — who I adored in Ben & Kate — took the role. In an interview with Elle Magazine, Dakota Johnson — who is the female lead in 50 Shades of Grey — argues that the more interesting parts of the book — and the movie that’s adapting it — are in the ways they Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey “were breaking each other down emotionally,” and not the actual sex scenes.

More interesting? Maybe. The reason why anyone cares about 50 Shades of Grey? Nope. Which is why she’s posing like this on the cover of Elle:


“I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down,” Johnson said, adding that she has no problem doing anything in the movie. Why? “The secret is I have no shame.”

Join the club, Dakota (see, e.g., this post).

See more of the photoshoot over on Elle (also, good God!)

Source: LA Times

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  • Strand

    Well.... she got her 'break' by playing a butt in The Social Network.

  • Bodhi

    Has the she read the books? Because Ana doesn't break down Christian at ALL. One of the biggest parts of the trilogy is that Christian NEVER FREAKING CHANGES. There is ZERO character development. GRRRRR I hate those books...

  • Something it has in common with its source material.

    Unless, you know, completely giving up your own life for a man counts, in which case, girl power.

  • Classic

    Apparently she did not read the books. Unless she is thinking that the third book is a changed Christian. Sigh why is Jaime Dornan in this???

  • amberdragonfly

    I paid $2.99 for the entire trilogy on amazon. I did manage to finish the first book. Barely. Didn't even try to start the second. Yes, there is a story there, but no, it isn't good.

  • jon29

    “I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.” - Dakota Johnson

  • Sassy Pikachu

    Upvote because of Moss.

  • SVR

    That second photo is awkward as hell due to the lack of neck. Her head looks pasted on from a different picture.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    50 Shades does not exist in this dojo.

  • Tim Conard

    oddly enough, the key to actually going to see this in a public theater is also having no shame.

  • Well, yeah, when you're cast in a monumental shit show as this, you might as well own up to it and shamelessly admit that you just don't give a fuck. No shame in honest (if shitty) work.

  • BWeaves

    I'm currently reading "50 Shades of Grey" for the Evil Cannonball Read*. I paid 1 cent for it as a used library book, and I'm sure I over paid for it.

    The funny thing is, after you get past the bad writing, there is actually a story in there. I have a funny feeling that the the movie is going to be way better than the book. (Low bar, very low bar.)

    Currently, I'm keeping track of how many times the author reuses terms like:

    bite my lip
    cocks his head
    long fingers
    roll my eyes
    knot my fingers
    pants hanging off his hips
    quirks his lips (I don't even know what that means)
    inner goddess (Sorry, I forgot about that one. Been trying to block it out.)

    Then, just when I think I can't take it anymore, the author breaks out the thesaurus for a couple of pages, and the heroine turns puce, and crimson, and scarlet, and other words that I actually have to look up, so they can't possibly be in her normal vocabulary.

    * The Evil Cannonball Read is 5 of us Pajibans who have gotten together to read the worst, well known books we can find, write in the margins MST3K style, and then pass them on to the next person in the group for further margin abuse. We hope to share the results with you at a later date.

  • The Evil Cannonballers should tots read Book #3 in this series. Believe it or not ... it's the worst. I'm not sure what kept me going (that's a lie - I'm a total completetist) and trust me - Book #3's book blurb should have read, "The most mockable one yet!"

  • BWeaves

    You can't make me.

  • How does one qualify to become an Evil Cannonballer? And barring that, how much will you be charging for a copy of these MST3K books? Because I'm in!

  • BWeaves

    In a Pajiba Love about a month ago, there was a link to someone who had marked up The DaVinci Code, I think, and then lent it to someone else, who made extra comments, and then they posted some of the funnier pages online.

    A few of us made comments about wanting to do that, and we e-mailed each other and set it up with just 5 of us. Since we're already a month into it, it would probably be better if you set up your own group, either friends in your local vicinity or someone you are in contact with via e-mail.

    Here are the rules we decided on, but you could make your own:

    Pick a book you dislike, preferably a well-known one (50 Shades; Twilight; Eat Pray Love; Dan Brown, one of the popular YA books going around...) as opposed to random genre reading (aka Star Trek novels, bodice-rippers).

    Email book name to the group to avoid duplications.

    Read it. Spew your reactions in the margins as motivated. Also, make a comment in the front of the book with your name or pseudonym and the date you commented, to make it easier to see which handwriting goes with which reader.

    Mail it to the next person on the list by the15th of the month.

    Rinse & repeat.

    We also decided to check with each other after the 3rd book, so we can decide if we are burnt out or not.

  • Sassy Pikachu

    Heck, just start drinking every time you see "oh my", pretty sure that alone is enough to knock a person out with alcohol poisoning.

    George Takei made a joke about all the "oh my" in a video a while back, quite hilarious.

    Also... da fuq is "inner goddess"? And how can we get rid of it?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    My friend gave it to me and begged me to read it. I decided to drink every time her "inner goddess" showed up in the text. I blacked out.

  • Nat

    This sounds spectacular, but how you manage to get through these books is beyond me.

  • amberdragonfly

    The Evil Cannonball Read sounds AMAZING!!! So jealous!!!

  • Drink every time this grown ass woman says "Holy shit!" whenever he does something "scandalous", or when she refers to her vagina as her "down there".

  • Classic

    That was the reading experience I ever had.

  • BWeaves

    I'd die of alcohol poisoning before I finished the book. I'm doing good to just stab the page with my pen every time she bites her lip.

  • Helo

    Well, I SUPPOSE there's room for you in my exclusive party with Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the only other guests. We'll be binge watching/doing live Breaking Bad karaoke, and everyone has to take a shot every time Pinkman says "bitch" or someone breaks a cell phone. I expect you to bring your own champaigne. Actually, make that 2 bottles - a Walter White nut grab equals funnelling some Dom.

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  • Joe Grunenwald

    Oh, my.

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