The 38-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his upcoming film Wild Mountain Thyme, chatted with Variety about the Fifty Shades movies’ poor reviews, the crazy fan mail he received, and how he moved on from the franchise.
Jamie said that someone sent him “a collage of photographs of a kid” and a note about Christian Grey. He said, “Someone saying that it was my kid, and my wife should know that I have this kid who’s 7 years old. I think they were trying to say that the kid was mine and Dakota Johnson’s, and we’d had this baby while we made the first Fifty Shades movie. It piqued our interest, let’s say. It was a bit freaky.”
Here is more that he had to share:
On the Fifty Shades of Grey films that made him a movie star, despite bad reviews: “The thing that I’m probably most famous for is a monsterly successful franchise that was not critically loved. It’s a strange thing going into those films knowing that you’re going to be in a franchise that will probably make so much money and get negatively reviewed, because those books made so much money and were really negatively reviewed.”
On reading bad reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey: “I went through a bad stage with Fifty Shades of reading a couple of really bad ones, but then just finding them funny and letting them drive me. One of them was ‘Jamie Dornan has the charisma of oatmeal,’ which — some people like oatmeal, so I thought it was kind of harsh. I remember that stuck with me, and I don’t entirely disagree with it either.”
On moving on from the Fifty Shades franchise: “I was ready to move on from this crazy chapter in my life. No matter who I was playing, I don’t think I’d want to play a character for multiple, multiple films. I think I’d just get really bored of that.”
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