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Jamie Dornan Understands Why People Say 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is Misogynistic

Jamie Dornan Understands Why People Say 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is Misogynistic

Jamie Dornan gazes at the camera with his piercing blue eyes in this new feature for the February 2015 issue of Elle UK, on newsstands January 2.

Here’s what the 32-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On Fifty Shades of Grey: “The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film. There’s so much more going on than that.”

On whether the film is anti-feminist: “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: in pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

On his daughter: “I’ve had to be away the last couple of weekends, and I come back and I barely recognise her, and it’s awful; she changes so much. And then I have this huge fear that she won’t recognise me. The beard helps, but I had to shave it off a couple of times, so she’s been shocked for the first few hours. She looks at me like: ‘Do I love you? I think I love you.’ I have to win back her trust.”

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  • Tat

    It was a book made for lazy women who fantasize about laying there and doing nothing, while the guy does all the work. No wonder fatties love 50 shades so much.

  • Kasumi

    BDSM isnt anti-feminism. Abusive relationship where you act selfish and controling of your partner is. He forced her into BDSM without any mental preparation, spy on her, invade her privacy and control her with a contract. And they are calling it “a love story”.

  • Mia

    Did you ever read the books?

  • Dee

    Maximum DILF.

  • Scarlett

    No one is forcing anyone to read the book or see the movie. At this point I’m sure everyone pretty much has a grasp of the story, so don’t bitch and moan, just don’t partake. I have the feeling with a male director it would have been a very different film, putting a woman behind the camera felt like a good move for me. Of course, it’s going to picked apart by critics and lots of fans don’t like the casting and won’t like any changes made. It’ll be what it is, I have no doubt it’ll make money. I’m not great fan of the books but I think Jamie Dornan is a real talent and this film is an important stepping stone to boosting his profile globally. The Fall more than proved he could act.

  • Millarca

    Tying up a woman and hitting her is definitely misogynistic if the woman has not consented to it, and I mean really consented, not been coerced into agreeing because if she doesn’t she will not be able to have further contact with him, or plied with alcohol until her senses are addled and she can be easily swayed into agreeing. It’s not BDSM that most criticisms of the trilogy I’ve read are saying is misogynistic, it’s Christian Grey’s personality and the way he behaves generally. He is a manipulative, stalking, abusive control freak, and his version of BDSM is a warped version. He cares little for the consent or wishes of his naive partner. The books not only portray BDSM very badly, but also, in Grey’s case, as a response to childhood abuse and as a desire from which he can be cured by the twu wuv of a good woman. The books do a great disservice to BDSM. *eyeroll*