In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Dakota Johnson admitted that when she first auditioned for Fifty Shades of Grey, she thought the film adaption would be “really special”. She was originally cast alongside Charlie Hunnam who later dropped out due to a scheduling problem. According to the actress, the author of the book and writer of the film, E.L. James was so “enraged” that she scrapped the script.
Jamie Dornan was eventually recast but problems ensued. “She had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen,” Johnson told the publication. “There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy.”
She added, “There were a lot of different disagreements. I haven’t been able to talk about this truthfully ever, because you want to promote a movie the right way, and I’m proud of what we made ultimately and everything turns out the way it’s supposed to, but it was tricky.”
While the actress doesn’t regret the film – which ultimately launched her career – she did note that if she had known what was in store, “I don’t think anyone would’ve done it.” She also put rumours to rest that she and Dornan had fought, instead saying he was like a “brother”.
In a past interview, Johnson’s father Don Johnson revealed that the actress had never wanted to attend college and was taken off the family pay role while she pursued a career in Hollywood.
“The funny thing about her is—we have a rule in the family that, you know, if you stay in school, you get to stay on the payroll,” Mr. Johnson told Seth Meyers. “So, you go to college, you get to stay on the payroll. Towards the end of high school, I went to her and I said, ‘So, do you want to go visit some colleges?’ Or something like that. And she was like, ‘Oh, no. I’m not going to college.’”
“Three weeks later she had nailed down that part in David Fincher’s The Social Network,” the 71-year-old said, “and the rest is, shall we say, cinema history.”
Johnson will appear in the Netflix film Persuasion next month.