Sam Taylor-Johnson and Staff Members on R-Rated ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

By Florida Mae Acampado | 2 years ago
Sam Taylor-Johnson and Staff Members on R-Rated ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

With its graphic narration of highly erotic scenes and BDSM relationships, the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” became a hit among adult readers. As such, the audience for the movie will most probably be made up of readers expecting to see how much of the book’s scenes were taken in by the film.

However, for the past few months, news of the novel’s sex scenes being downplayed for the movie have emerged and have been subtly confirmed by some of the cast, including Jamie Dornan who plays Christian Grey. And the news has just been topped off by the MPAA giving the movie an R rating.


According to Taylor-Johnson, in an interview with Vanity Fair, the sex is “tastefully handled” and showed just enough details.

“If you saw actual sex, the mystery would be gone. You see a lot, but you don’t have to see anything graphic,” added Taylor-Johnson.

Film producer Michael De Luca mentioned of the intimate scenes being taken in a closed set while everyone else was in their trailers listening in on the action with headphones. He also admitted of feeling shy from listening in.

“There was something about not being there and having the audio that made us feel like peeping listeners, and so we all put them down,” explained De Luca.

The novel’s author, E. L. James, was reportedly hands-on with the film, though at some points ended up with infighting as she is fiercely loyal to the fans’ expectations. She was apparently involved in the casting, the screenwriting and the set and costume designs.

With regards to the costume designs, James would occasionally email the designer Mark Bridges regarding particular costumes that readers would expect to see in the movie, like Christian’s “playroom” jeans and Ana’s dresses for her graduation and dates with Christian.

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