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Emilia Clarke Explains Why She Turned Down 'Fifty Shades'

Emilia Clarke is opening up about being in the running for the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey and why she turned down the role.

The 32-year-old actress told THR how she is not looking to do a sequel right now and that led to a discussion of Fifty Shades.

“One thing I would not like to do is something that would have a sequel. Something that could have, like, ‘And then two and then three and then four.’ I’d like to not do one of those for a minute,” Emilia initially said.

“Well, Sam [Taylor-Johnson, the director] is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful. But the last time that I was naked on camera on [Game of Thrones] was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” Emilia said while discussing Fifty Shades. “And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character — I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my tits, for God’s sake.”

“So, that coming up, I was like, ‘I can’t,’” she explained. “I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, no, you can’t keep asking me this question.’”

The role of Anastasia Steele went to Dakota Johnson and it turned her into a big star.

'Fifty Shades' Writer E.L. James Announces New 'Passionate, Erotic' Book 'The Mister'

E.L. James has a new book coming out, and it sounds just as steamy as the Fifty Shades books!

The book is titled “The Mister” and she announced the news on the Today show.

“It’s a 21st century Cinderella,” she said, describing the new story as “a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.”

The lead male character is named Maxim Trevelyan, and in one passage he’s described as, “stretched across the length of the bed, tangled in his duvet but naked . . . very naked. His face is turned toward her but covered by unkempt brown hair.”

The main female character is named Alessia Demachi.

She promises it’s a “passionate, erotic love story,” and it will hit store shelves on April 16.

Jamie Dornan Probably Won't Take a Job Like 'Fifty Shades' Ever Again

Jamie Dornan is grateful for everything that Fifty Shades of Grey brought him and has nothing but positive things to say about the franchise, though he doesn’t think he’ll do a similar project in the future.

In a new interview with Vulture, the 36-year-old actor was asked if he sees himself entering a new phase of his career now that the Fifty Shades franchise has ended.

“I don’t see it like that, no,” Jamie replied. “They’re perceived the way they’re perceived. Critically, that’s not very favorably. But they made a lot of money, and as studio pictures go, they’re pretty unique. To speak for myself, and I’ll speak for Dakota as well, it’s another job on another set.”

“I probably won’t ever take a job with this much attention and scrutiny and public opinion directed at it again. And that’s fine! From a practical point of view, you just move on to the next and keep your head down,” Jamie added. “But listen, it’s given us so much. The work that I’ve been doing has been a million miles from that, and not even by choice. You just keep plugging away, doing good work, and trying to better yourself.”

Jamie had a lot of positive things to say about Fifty Shades.

“It was mad, a mad thing to be involved in. It was so big in its scale and the reception, and it remains beloved to many people,” Jamie said. “As a life experience, I’m glad I could go through it. Though now, it almost feels like it didn’t happen? It’s that thing where you film it, maybe do some reshoots, and then you’re on your way. For the fans, it’s all-encompassing, spending all your time waiting for the next book or the next movie. Dakota and I kept coming in and out of it, going to promote it and do press and reimmerse yourself in the hysteria. And then you’re away from it again! It was a strange time, but without that, I don’t get to do Anthropoid, I don’t get to do A Private War, you get the idea.”

'Fifty Shades' Actor Brant Daugherty Originally Auditioned to Play Christian Grey!

Before he landed the role of Sawyer in Fifty Shades Freed, actor Brant Daugherty actually auditioned to play the role of Christian Grey!

The 32-year-old actor opened up to his fans during a Facebook Live chat on Saturday morning (March 10) and answered a question about his audition.

The fan asked if Brant auditioned to play Christian and he said, “Yes, I did. I auditioned for it when they were originally casting it. I was a little young, I think I was 26 at the time. They ended up hiring Charlie Hunnam and then he dropped out. And they brought me in to audition again and then they hired Jamie [Dornan]. And Jamie is perfect for the role and I ended up getting Sawyer, so it’s hard to be upset about something like that.”

Check out some of Brant‘s hottest shirtless photos from Instagram in the gallery!

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Dakota Johnson's Best Red Carpet Moments from 'Fifty Shades' Press Tours!

There was some big Fifty Shades news over the weekend – the film just surpassed the $1.25 million mark at the global box office – so we felt the need to celebrate!

We’re taking a look back at all of Dakota Johnson‘s red carpet moment from press tours for the three films – Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

Dakota, along with co-star Jamie Dornan, traveled all around the world to promote the movie franchise.

Click through the slideshow to see all of the red carpet moments and fashion IDs…

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'Fifty Shades' Franchise Reaches $1.25 Billion at Global Box Office

The Fifty Shades movie franchise continues to perform to incredible numbers at the box office and the franchise just crossed the $1.25 billion mark globally!

Fifty Shades Freed, the third and final film in Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan‘s hit series, is in theaters now and has so far earned $306.7 million worldwide.

The films have a combined production cost of only $150 million, according to Deadline. That means Universal Pictures is making a huge profit with thee films!

It’s expected that Freed will top out at about $340 million at the worldwide box office.

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