It’s not too much longer now, until we get to see Fifty Shades of Grey. We’re eating up all the news that is making it’s way out into the world. But like any good fan of anything, we don’t want just the actors opinions – we need to know what’s going on from the director too.
Sam Taylor Johnson is speaking up about Fifty Shades and her personal life. We will admit we kind of feel bad for her, because she has made the movie that no matter what she does – there will be people on both sides of the spectrum.
Those that love and those that hate.
On Why She Made the Film: “I felt like I had a responsibility to empower the lead character. Anastasia had to go on a journey of sexual exploration but, by the end, it had to be about empowerment. It is all her choice. All decisions, she’s clearly made. She is not falling prey. That’s the message I want people to walk away with. That feeling of “all the riches and success and charisma count for nothing, if it’s under terms you cannot accept”. In Fifty Shades, seemingly Christian has all the power and control – but actually Anastasia does.”
On Maintaining Some Artistic Control: “I want to protect my vision and that’s the hardest thing. There are so many voices. With any idea, 12 people have to approve it. And then you make it and 12 people want to adjust it. And you have to try and keep them all at bay. To keep your voice clear. To keep the shape of your art. You think, you hired me because I’m a creative artist with a vision. Don’t try and knock it out of me.”
On the Criticisms over her Husband and Her Age Gap : “Tell them to fuck off. If you love someone, you love someone. It doesn’t matter; age, colour, c’mon!”
On Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan: “Dakota [Johnson, as Anastasia] is fantastic. She has that rare knit of fragility, vulnerability, naivety, yet she’s really strong. And Jamie’s funny because he doesn’t seem to feel any of the pressure. Or show he feels it. Everything washes over him and he’s constantly happy. He’s such a sweet and lovely man.”
Anyone else extremely excited for Fifty Shades of Grey? The movie opens in theaters February 13th!