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Dakota Johnson Is Asked Who the 'Problem' Was On 'Psychotic' 'Fifty Shades' Set & She Reveals Her Truth

When asked about Fifty Shades, Dakota responded, “I’m a sexual person, and when I’m interested in something, I want to know so much about it. That’s why I did those big naked movies. I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making.”

The writer notes that they asked Dakota who the problem was…the studio or the directors.

She replied, “Combo,” before adding. “It was also the author of the books.” The author of the books is E.L. James, who goes by Erika.

“She had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen. There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy. It wouldn’t work to say out loud. It was always a battle. Always. When I auditioned for that movie, I read a monologue from Persona and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be really special,’” Dakota recalled.

At the time she signed on, Dakota was going to work with Charlie Hunnam and playwright Patrick Marber on the film. Charlie eventually left the project. “James was so enraged, Johnson says, that she scrapped the script.”

“I was young. I was 23. So it was scary,” Dakota said. “It just became something crazy…There were a lot of different disagreements. I haven’t been able to talk about this truthfully ever, because you want to promote a movie the right way, and I’m proud of what we made ultimately and everything turns out the way it’s supposed to, but it was tricky.”

Dakota, Jamie Dornan and director Sam Taylor-Johnson “tried to salvage some of Marber’s script.”

“We’d do the takes of the movie that Erika wanted to make, and then we would do the takes of the movie that we wanted to make,” Dakota added. “The night before, I would rewrite scenes with the old dialogue so I could add a line here and there. It was like mayhem all the time.”

There’s one Marber scene that did make it in and it’s the negotiation scene where Ana and Christian outline their sexual contract. Dakota said, “And it’s the best scene in the whole movie.”

When asked if she regrets it, Dakota responded, “No. I don’t think it’s a matter of regret. If I had known…If I had known at the time that’s what it was going to be like, I don’t think anyone would’ve done it. It would’ve been like, ‘Oh, this is psychotic.’ But no, I don’t regret it.”

She added, “There are things that I still cannot say because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s career and I don’t want to damage anybody’s reputation, but both Jamie and I were treated really well. Erika is a very nice woman, and she was always kind to me and I am grateful she wanted me to be in those movies.”

Find out why Charlie Hunnam ultimately left the project…

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