Jamie Dornan Opens Up About Fifty Shades’ Negative Impact

Jamie Dornan has revealed the reaction to the first Fifty Shades Of Gray film caused him to “go underground”.

The Irish actor was the latest guest on Desert Island Discs over the weekend, leaving listeners emotional.

During the interview, Jamie recalled how his life changed when he was cast as the romantic lead in the Fifty Shades franchise, which was derided by critics.

“I had just had career-changing reviews for The Fall and Bafta nominations and all this kind of craziness – and then I was almost made fun of,” he explains.

Jamie told host Lauren Laverne that he was “hiding out” “for a while” in response to the reception of Fifty Shades, with director Sam Taylor-Johnson offering him his place in the country.

“They let us have their place in this country and we just shut ourselves off from the world for a while and then quit the rest of the country,” he said.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades FreedJamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Freed

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Jamie appears in Fifty Shades alongside Dakota Johnson, Rita Ora and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, who plays her on-screen mother.

Since the Fifty Shades trilogy, Jamie has appeared in a variety of projects, including hit drama Belfast, murder mystery A Haunting In Venice, comedy Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar and TV thriller The Tourist.

During an interview in 2021, Jamie admitted criticism of Fifty Shades was “very difficult” for both him and Dakota to deal with.

“I think all this is just a joke,” he previously emphasized. “Everyone involved worked as hard as they could on those films, including myself.”

Listen to the full interview on Desert Island Discs here.

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