Dakota Describes Steamy Tale As ‘An Incredible Love Story’

While its been described by some as “mummy porn” Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson has gone on to describe the EL James erotic novel as “an incredible love story.”

Dakota has been cast as Anastasia Steele in the screen adaptation of the novel, opposite Jamie Dornan who has replaced Charlie Hunnam for the role of Christian Grey.

The actress spoke about why she was so eager to land the role to Entertainment Weekly and said that she was in love with the story!

“I just really understand it,” Johnson said of the book. “I think it’s an incredible love story and that’s why it’s affected so many people.”

She then added: “[EL James] did a really good job of explaining how that just can happen sometimes and you have this chemical pull to someone.

“Adding in the sex makes it perfect. Sometimes you feel a little bit naughty and that’s okay.”

Following a lengthy audition process, Johnson also spoke about how blissfully happy she was when she got the call to tell her that she had landed the role.

“[When I got the call and] they said ‘You got the offer’ and I couldn’t speak,” she recalled. “I was just so relieved. I was crying and crying. Water was literally squirting out of my eyes because I had been so stressed out.

“And there’s this giant Doberman Pincher laying on the bed next to me. And he just slowly fell asleep. It was so special and [this dog] didn’t give a f**k about me and what I was going through,” she laughed.

Recent reports are also claiming that an explicit version of the movie could be released alongside the R-rated cut, which is slated for release on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2015.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Bonus Character Portraits

Entertainment Weekly have released some more stills from the 50 Shades of Grey shoot, check them out over in the galleries…

Jamie Dornan was in his pajamas, and anxious. It was 1:30 a.m. London time, and the 31-year old actor was watching reruns of Storage Wars and praying for the phone to ring. I was sort of pretending I wasnt waiting, but the phone was in my hand, halfway to my ear, Dornan says in throaty Irish brogue. He had just flown back from Los Angeles, where he had auditioned for the role of the worlds hottest control freak, Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades of Grey. Landing this part would propel him to instant stardom, and so, with his pregnant wife, actress Amelia Warner, snoozing upstairs, Dornan tried to focus on the show. Minutes later, the films director, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), phoned to tell the former Calvin Klein model that he was about to become the object of millions of womens fantasies. There was a slight fear, Dornan says now, his wiry frame huddled on a couch in a Los Angeles photo studio. But beyond anything else, I was really fing excited.

This weekss Entertainment Weekly cover story features the first exclusive interviews with the two stars of the new film based on Fifty Shades of Grey, the publishing phenomenon from British author E L James about the seduction of virginal college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) by a beautiful billionaire with a penchant for sadomasochism (Dornan) that has sold 90 million copies worldwide and ignited the libidos of a generation of women.

The stars open up about what drew them to the roles, the pressures behind getting the roles right for the fans, and how they feel about baring it all. For Johnson, 24, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, it meant seriously working out for the first time in her life. Obviously, I want to look good naked, the newly brunette actress tells EW. I totally understand now why people exercise, because it kind of fing feels awesome.
Dornan, who spent his early days as a model frequently undressing for the camera, isnt the least bit anxious about the graphic sex scenes he and Johnson are about to film. Im a fairly worldly guy, says Dornan. I grew up in a very liberal place. Im not saying we had a playroom, but Im not shocked by [the sex in the book]. Its essential to tell the story. I cant believe films that dont invoke the sexual side of it. So it works for me.
Everything also seems to be working now, too, for the studio behind the film, Universal Pictures and its indie subsidiary Focus Features, which purchased the rights to James trilogy back in March 2012. The studio experienced some initial bumps along the way, particularly with the initial casting (and subsequent departure) of Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as Christian Grey. The film, which begins production in Vancouver on Dec. 2, was originally set for release this August, but has now been pushed to Valentines Day weekend 2015.

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Entertainment Weekly Cover

Check out the first images of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele on the cover of Entertainment Weekly!

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Dakota goes Dark

In the steamy novel50 Shades of Grey- Anastasia Steele describes herself a pale, brunette young woman with large blue eyes.Dakota Johnson who has been cast as Ana has just begun to get into character for the highly-anticipated movie adaptation by dying her blonde locks to brown.The 24-year-old was seen out and about at shopping mall The Grove in West Hollywood on Monday with actress Imogen Poots. Check out the photos in our galleries …

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50 Shades of Grey Finds Its Jose

And then there were three.How to Make it In Americas Victor Rasuk has been cast in one of the last remaining major roles for the50 Shades of Greyadaptation,Deadlinereports. Rasuk will be playing Jose, the third part of a love triangle with the films leads. Those parts have already gone to Dakota Johnson, who will be playing Anastasia Steele, and Jamie Dornan, who will be playing Christian Grey. Jose is Anastasias devoted friend and Christians rival for her love.

In terms of choosing the cast and crew,50 Shadeshas already been an eventful ride. The actor initially tapped to play Christian, Brit CharlieHunnam,signed on and then dropped out, and producershave brought in several writersto polish the script. But, if all goes according to plan, the film, which is an adaptation of EL Jamess best-selling erotic novel, is slated for release next summer.

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LACMA Art +Film Gala

Dakota attended the2013 LACMA Art +FilmGalahonoringMartin ScorseseandDavid Hockneyheld at LACMA on Saturday night (November 2) in Los Angeles. I have added x55 photos to the galleries …

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Luke Grimes & Jennifer Ehle Join Fifty Shades of Grey

We have added x2 more photos from October 23rd, where Dakota attended the dinner to celebrate the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Check out the photos here.

In more Fifty news, True Blood’s Luke Grimes has been cast as Christian Grey’s brother Elliot in the upcoming film. Grimes’ part, as Grey’s brother and Kave Kavanagh’s boyfriend, is relavitely small, but it’s still a crucial one.

As well as True Blood, 29-year-old American actor Luke Grimes has previously starred in Brothers and Sisters and Taken 2. He’s also set to appear in upcoming films Squatters, Manhatten Undying, Forever and Dark Around The Stars.

43-year-old Jennifer Ehle, who played Lizzie Bennet in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is set to star as Anastasia Steele’s mother. Other characters, including Anastasia’s roommate Kate, are yet to be cast.

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