The "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation just can't seem to keep under the radar. With a year to go until its theatrical debut, the erotic film, based off of the best-selling E.L. James novel of the same name, is making headlines again this week for two controversies.
The romance series fan base squealed with joy when actress Dakota Johnson, who is playing BDSM submissive Anastasia "Ana" Stele, revealed she is up for anything and has "no shame" during an interview with Elle magazine last week, but her latest interview may not sit so well with fans. During her most recent tell-all with Vanity Fair, Johnson, 24, said prepping to play the sexually inexperienced college graduate isn't always a dream come true.
"A lot of getting into the character's head, in Ana's headspace before she meets Christian," said Johnson, going on to say, "It's a lot of reading, which I love. She's an English major, so that's kinda boring."
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Johnson's comments aren't the only thing creating a stir among "Fifty Shades" fans. January Jones, the actress made famous for playing Betty Draper in the AMC series "Mad Men," is also under fire this week for blasting the recently released "Fifty Shades" official movie poster. "Does this look familiar to anyone else?" the 36-year-old actress posted on Instagram Tuesday, later quoting the romance flick's tagline ("Mr. Grey will see you now") before adding the dig, "#madmenpostercirca2010."
While the "Mad Men" poster in question, used to promote the fourth season, does have similarities to "Fifty Shades" promotional image, fans are not taking Jones' comments so lightly. "What if I told you Jon Hamm wasn't the first guy to stand in his office overlooking the city," said one fan, adding, "To earn credit for originality, you have to first be original." "…Anyone that has read the book knows why that is a fitting advertising for the movie," responded another "Fifty Shades" fan.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" last made headlines for alleged behind-the-scenes drama in January after E! News reported that author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson were feuding over creative differences. "Sam is getting annoyed about the way the script is being handled," revealed an insider, adding, "E.L. James wants the movie to match the book exactly, but Sam has a different perspective."
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is due to hit U.S. theaters in February 2015.