Fifty Shades of Grey film is 50% sex scenes and 5 other things we’ve learned this week

Sam Taylor-Johnson said filming was like "walking a knife edge" while producer Michael De Luca revealed Jamie Dornan got "carried away" playing Christian Grey at his most domineering

With mere weeks left until we finally get to watch the Fifty Shades of Grey film for ourselves, juicy details are being revealed on a daily basis. As well as a sneak-peek at the soundtrack of the saucy adaptation, we’ve had an update on those sex scenes – and on director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s frame of mind… 


So, what have we learned this week?

Fifty Shades the film is made up of 50% sex scenes

“I’d say it’s pretty 50/50,” Sam Taylor-Johnson said to Variety, when describing the sex vs. non-sex split in the film. “I think the sex scenes are integral to the story. They are not gratuitous. It tracks the story.”

All those sex scenes are “tasteful and sexy”

“I was always concerned how the sex would be handled in the film,” EL James said. “I wanted it to be tasteful and sexy, and I think we got there in the end.”

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is losing her mind 

“I’m literally going out of my mind,” she told Red magazine this week. “I have seen this film over a thousand times.”

“The moment I stepped out of the meeting, I stepped onto one of those bullet trains. The doors closed and I couldn’t get off. The speed, the velocity, was unbelievable. I need to get off and breathe and think about something else,” she added. 

Probably because filming was like “walking a knife edge”

“The nuances within – the tiniest shift, look, blink of an eye – can make all the difference and flip it into the wrong territory. It’s like walking a knife edge.”

Jamie Dornan is constantly happy 

“Jamie’s funny because he doesn’t seem to feel any of the pressure. Or show he feels it. Everything washes over him and he’s constantly happy. He’s such a sweet and lovely man,” said Taylor-Johnson.

But he got really “carried away” being “his full dominant self” 

“The scene that we talked about a lot is the final scene, where Ana asks him to do the worst he can do to show her how bad it’s going to get,” producer Michael De Luca told Variety. “It’s the closest Christian comes in the first book to being his full dominant self. Jamie’s performance in that scene is a miracle. He really gets carried away in the moment.”


Fifty Shades of Grey will be in UK cinemas on 13th February