“Fifty Shades of Grey” fans know that the coming movie, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, can’t include every scene in the E.L. James book. But they might be surprised that one of the more controversial scenes was never even written into the script.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson was recently asked about an infamous scene from the best-selling romance novel involving a tampon. In James’ book, there is a passage where Christian (Dornan) removes Anastasia’s (Johnson) tampon before having sex with her. Taylor-Johnson confirmed that this scene was never in the script for the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades Of Grey.”
“It was never even discussed,” Taylor-Johnson told Variety.
Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley also noted that while “Fifty Shades” is sexy, the studio would not release a film that was overly explicit. “We weren’t interested in a theatrical version being NC-17,” Langley explained to Variety. “We weren’t making a film to shock people by how explicit it is. We want the audience to be invited in, not repelled.”
It seems that Taylor-Johnson didn’t even want all of the sex scenes that were originally scripted to make it into the final film. She reportedly had a few of the steamier ones taken out of the script during rewrites. “It’s the buildup that’s interesting,” she said of her decision. “I feel that in movies, the minute there’s penetration, it’s over.”
Not only did the R-rated film cut some scenes, but Dornan won’t be doing any full-frontal nudity either. But don’t worry, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is sure to still have several sex scenes. “On the early draft, there was a sense there was way too much sex,” Taylor-Johnson said. “The story, of course, is of equal importance. We tried to balance the narrative correctly, so one doesn’t feel like it’s drowning the other.”
The cuts won’t disappoint fans, according to E. L. James. “I’m pretty sure the millions of fans who have read the trilogy will think there is enough sex,” she said.
Dakota Johnson also alluded to the sex scenes being pretty steamy. She recently told Vogue that the sex scenes were “difficult to watch."
“Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters Feb. 13. Do you think the tampon scene should have remained in the movie or are you happy you don’t have to see it on the big screen? Sound off in the comments section below!