“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan does not think the BSDM movie is anti-feminist or misogynistic. Even if it features tying up and torturing a woman. Read on for further details.
The erotic American romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to hit the big screens a day before Valentine’s Day, and its up-and-coming actor, who plays the leading role of Christian Grey, believes the film isn’t as anti-feminist or misogynist as detractors would like audiences to believe.
“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men. It’s a far bigger scene than I imagined,” The Irish actor told Elle UK magazine, as published on Channel 24. “The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect.”
This particular love story is based on the first installment of the best-selling erotic trilogy by British author E. L. James. The movie is set to explore explicit sexual practices involving bondage, dominance and sadomasochism, specifically by suave and sophisticated business magnate Christian Grey, upon a naive and impressionable Anastasia Steele, a role essayed by Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s daughter, Dakota Johnson.
The trilogy initially started as a self-published novel, and rapidly became a print-on-demand work, whose publishing rights were snapped up by Vintage Books in 2012. It has since sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, setting a UK record for the fastest-selling paperback in history.
As with the mixed and negative reactions to the poor literary qualities of the trilogy, the as-yet-unreleased movie has received its share of criticism, as well, most notably in its theme of objectifying women as submissives in sexual deviant practices.
But Dornan, who many say took a huge career gamble to play anti-social control-freak, Christian Grey (a role he took over from “Pacific Rim” actor Charlie Hunnam), is defending his character and the movie. After all, a lot hinges on its success on the big screen.
It’s a love story, he says. Even if poor, gullible Anastasia has to sign a non-disclosure contract just to be with the man she loves.
Here’s the trailer of “Fifty Shades of Grey” to titillate your senses:
Are you going to watch “Fifty Shades” in February for its shock (and erotic) value or to fuel your feminist and anti-misogynistic stance on the film? Stay tuned for more movie and entertainment news here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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