Thousands of people are expected to flock to the theater on Valentine's Day to finally lay their eyes on the highly anticipated erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey.” However, one person who absolutely won’t be in attendance this weekend is Amelia Warner, the wife of the film’s star, Jamie Dornan.
Dornan plays the titular role of Christian Grey, a billionaire playboy with a taste for the kinkier parts of relationships, such as bondage and sadomasochism, as Entertainment Tonight delicately puts it. The movie promises some pretty intense and graphic sex scenes in which the actor has a steamy relationship with his co-star Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele.
“She doesn’t want to watch this. She wants to support me and my work,” Dornan told USA Today about his wife. “I won’t be able to sit there myself. I am not going to put any pressure on her either way. It’s her decision. She’s well aware that it’s pretend, but it’s probably not that comfortable to watch.”
The story follows the rise and fall of a relationship between Steele and Grey. Steele is a humble English Lit major who gets the opportunity to interview the billionaire. The two are attracted to each other even after she learns of his sexual proclivities, including spanking, whipping and dominance. Given the racy subject matter of the book by E.L. James, which was originally penned as “Twilight” fan fiction, it’s no surprise that a loving wife wouldn’t want to see her husband engaging in such acts with another woman – even if it is all just movie magic.
Surprisingly enough, Dornan even has trouble seeing himself play the part on screen. He opened up to USA Today about the most uncomfortable shot in the movie for him.
“There’s quite a long shot of my (butt),” he said. “I wasn’t hugely comfortable with it when I watched it. That’s my bum. Still my bum. Wow.”
The couple might not be alone in their avoidance of the movie. While it’s expected to be a box office success, critics have panned it so far. Their main complaint seems to be that Dornan simply isn’t committing to the role as hard as he could be – given his discomfort with the role, both on set and at home, suddenly critic’s complaints make much more sense.