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Sam Taylor-Johnson Opens Up About Fights with 'Fifty Shades' Author E.L. James

Sam Taylor-Johnson Opens Up About Fights with 'Fifty Shades' Author E.L. James

Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, is giving further insight into her rocky relationship with the book’s author E.L. James.

It’s no secret that the two ladies clashed on the set of the film and Sam says it’s because they had “two different creative visions.”

“Her vision versus mine, and they were polar opposite,” Sam says in a new interview with THR. “Every scene was fought over. It was tough. It was like wading uphill through sticky tar. Her thing was, ‘This is what the fans expect.’ I’d be like, ‘Well, let’s try and hit those marks but create a new universe at the same time.’”

Sam, who just directed the new series Gypsy for Netflix, says she didn’t get much love from Hollywood after the film was released.

“There weren’t any flat-out [job] offers straight away,” she said. “It was ego-denting, which may not have been a bad thing. At the same time, I was like, ‘Oh, I still have to keep fighting for stuff.’ I just thought it was going to come a lot easier.”

In another recent interview, Sam explained why she will not watch the sequels to her film.

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  • RayonLight

    The first movie was a complete mess, from casting to press. It did well because of the hype, but no one is going to say they are masterpieces.

  • Shell

    According to those who were there at the time, if it had been done the
    way Sam and the others wanted it, while it may not have been a
    masterpiece, it may have actually been enjoyable but the queen got her
    way everytime because it was her ‘baby’ and that’s why we got the
    crapfest that was released because she refused to listen. She had full control on this new one
    and that’s why it’s even worse. I wouldn’t bet against the last one being straight to video by.

    As for Dakota and Jamie, it seems they are only promoting it because they have to. As soon as they realised how crap it was gonna be, they tried to get out of it but it was too late and the contracts were signed and filed. I bet Charlie Hunnan breathed a sigh of relief that he got out when he did.

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    The second movie sucked donkey balls.

  • Phil the Donahue

    The first movie was way better than the second. The second was awful and had zero chemistry. The whole thing was awkward. The first was more playful and flirty. I felt really bad for the cast in the second.