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Fifty Shades of Who?

Love it or hate it the Fifty Shades of Grey books have captured the public’s interest and now a movie is on the way its only going to get bigger. Now that they’ve cast the lead actors we’re getting ever close to its arrival on the big screen next year. So who has been cast in the lead roles?

Not surprisingly there’s no A-list stars lined up (I’m sure most would consider it to be career suicide). Playing the role of Christian Grey is British actor Charlie Hunnam, perhaps the most well-known of the two due to his work in tv series Queer as Folk and Sons of Anarchy and the film Pacific Rim. The film’s protagonist Anastasia Steele is to be played by Dakota Johnson who had a supporting role in The Social Network and is the daughter of Miami Vice star Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.  Going for relatively unknown actors is probably a smart move  (although I’m sure it wasn’t intentional) as they come with no previous expectations, even though I expect some fans will be unhappy that  they don’t look how they imagine the characters to be.

However for me the issue was never really about who they cast in the roles (although Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder might have persuaded me to see this movie). The main problem the film has is getting the script right. Fifty Shades of Grey can be a shocking read at times-and not for the reason it hopes. There are some pieces of dialogue so bad its funny, and I can’t imagine the actors saying some of these lines with a straight face. If director Sam Taylor-Wood has any hope of this film being a success someone will need to fine tune that script to perfection. No mention of Ana’s bloody inner goddess!

Some change to the characters would also be welcomed. Ana is such an annoyingly weak character she needs to be more well-rounded and not such a pushover. As for Grey-well I’m not sure how they can make stalking seem romantic but then it seemed to work for Twilight so what do I know.

Despite myself I can’t help but be interested to see how this film turns out. Will it be a surprisingly good adaptation or the biggest flop of 2014? I guess we’ll find out this time next year.

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Matthew Bomer-Too Gay for Grey?

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is the talk of Hollywood as the moment. Speculation has been rife as to who may play the handsome and seriously screwed up Christian Grey. One name that’s currently being mentioned is Matthew Bomer whose previous credits include the lead in tv series White Collar and one of the male strippers in Magic Mike. He’s also-in case you couldn’t guess by the title-gay.

According to Bret Easton Elis-writer of American Psycho (who recently lost out on becoming the scriptwriter for the film Fifty Shades of Grey) because Matthew Bomer is openly gay he cannot play the role of Christian Grey.

Then I hear some people actually agree with him. That because they know he’s gay, they wouldn’t be able to believe him as a straight man.

So with that in mind, I’ve started a list of requirements for an actor to play Christian Grey.

  • He has to be a billionaire-with his own private helicopter
  • He has to be involved in dominate/submissive kinky relationship-sorry no vanilla sex allowed
  • He has to be an obsessive, control freak, stalker
  • He has to have a crack whore for a mother

 

Hmm. Looking at that list again it may be a bit hard to find one guy who fits all these things.  Maybe I need to think of another solution. Perhaps he doesn’t need to be all these things in real life. Maybe he could pretend instead. You know like ACTING!

What am I saying? Is that crazy? Because we all know that Johnny Depp is really a pirate, Ian McKellan is a wizard and Zachary Quinto is really a Vulcan.

To be honest I don’t really know if Fifty Shades of Grey will make a good film, but I am intrigued with its journey to the big screen. I find the character of Christian Grey to be quite unappealing so they need to find a likeable actor for the audience to want to follow through three films. From what I’ve seen of him Matthew Bomer he is good looking and a talented actor who is able to play a straight man convincingly. Being gay shouldn’t factor one way or another. Ultimately whoever lands the role should get it because they are the best actor for the part, not because they are gay or straight.

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Fifty Shades of Grey? I’d Rather Watch Secretary Instead

I have just finished reading the latest publishing sensation Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James and I am trying to find the right words to describe how I feel about the book.  For those who don’t know it follows the relationship of young, naive Ana and handsome billionaire Christian Grey. Their relationship is tested by Christian’s preference for BDSM.

There are some things I enjoyed about it. It is easy reading, and I quite like the fact that what started as just fan fiction has become this massive phenomenon (I’m going to let it slide that it was Twilight fan fiction).  I thought Ana’s friend Kate Kavanagh was the best and most likeable character in it and the book is good as escapist fantasy. However there were things that made me feel uncomfortable while I was reading it and for a while I couldn’t put my finger on it. I’m not strongly opposed to the S & M scenes (I was more offended by his constant use of the word ‘baby’-shudder); it’s not my kind of thing but its consenting adults so each to their own.

It wasn’t until half way through the book that I realised what it was that was bothering me. Although Ana did enjoy some of the sexual situations she was finding herself involved in, it’s not actually something she really wants to do. Her main reason for doing it is because she wants Christian to be her boyfriend and is afraid of losing him. The scene where she breaks down after a mammoth spanking session from Christian made me feel uncomfortable. I also found it off putting that he was such a stalker! I know Ana is not happy about it either but yet she still continues to date him. If it was me I’d be running for the hills.

I have not read the other books in the series so maybe this all gets addressed but I’ve had so many women drooling over how amazing Christian is that I find it a bit worrying. Many people like this Heathcliff type character who they see as a romantic (anti)hero who act so selfishly and brutish. I personally find it hard to swoon over characters like this. I think it’s also the fact that like Ana-many women like the thought of changing a man. Although this is nice in theory, people don’t change because we make them. A girl can’t change a man; people have to want to change themselves. And quite often they don’t want to.

I’m probably taking it all a bit more seriously then I’m meant to. After all at the end of the day its fiction and I’ll probably still read the other two books (I have been told these are better than the first one).  Perhaps Christian can win me over yet.  Besides the books aren’t going anywhere yet not with the film still to be made, although I hope they cut out all the ‘baby’ references-it’s just not sexy.

If anyone did enjoy the books then I would recommend watching Secretary a 2002 film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey (Oh my god I can’t believe he’s called Grey too-I hadn’t realised that before-spooky!). Lee is a shy, severely insecure girl who’s just come out of a mental hospital for self-harming and gets a job as Grey’s secretary. The two are quite lonely figures who don’t really fit it in anywhere else. When Lee starts making mistakes in her work Grey gives out some unusual punishments to help correct her mistakes.

Surprisingly given the subject matter the film isn’t seedy; instead it’s a surprisingly sweet romance between Spader and Gyllenhaal’s characters. I think what I enjoyed about this film was that Lee doesn’t feel like a victim, rather she is more delighted by the relationship and strangely it gives her the confidence and strength she has been longing for. She is not upset in any of their encounters; in fact she rather enjoys it. Their relationship enables her to find her voice and expresses what she wants in her life even if it may not be right for others.  Also Spader doesn’t come across as creepy or as if he’s taking advantage of Lee, rather it’s two people who have a lot of issues coming together and finding what works for them.

Somehow I doubt the forthcoming Fifty Shades film will live up to Secretary in my mind.  However if the rumours are true and Matthew Bomer (Magic Mike, White Collar, Glee) is cast as Christian in the film then I may have to reconsider my standpoint. Shallow moi?

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