The Fifty Shades film trilogy came to an end earlier this year when Universal Studios released the third film, Fifty Shades Freed, in theaters. And recently, while looking back on the experience, star Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) admitted that the sex scenes with Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) became tiresome.
“Shooting two films back to back, where the majority is the same, over and over, did get a little bit tedious. It became, ‘how are we going to make this goddamn sex scene better than the other ones?’ There’s only so much you can do when the film is rated R. It was tricky,” said Johnson.
In case you missed it, the Fifty Shades franchise tackled the erotic world of BDSM. But, they did it over three films that often had less than spectacular storylines, and they could only take the sex scenes so far. After a while, things got ridiculous for Johnson and Dornan, and it became difficult for the actress to stick with the franchise because it turned into something she wasn’t expecting.
Despite all the flak thrown at the trilogy, each movie made more than $100 million at the American box office, which made it a commercial success. Fans of the E.L. James’ books followed the characters to the big screen, and they still found the romance of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele to be a fascinating one.
Now that she has moved on from the character, and foudn love with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, Johnson says that the experience was worth a bit of discomfort, and she doesn’t regret taking the role. Johnson says that the trilogy turned out to be just as great as it was supposed to be.
Johnson added that playing Anastasia was a challenge, and she is not ashamed of it. And, she is forever grateful because she learned a lot about her personal resilience.
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Some of her latest roles have tested Johnson’s newly-discovered resilience. Towards the end of filming Fifty Shades Freed, Johnson was also learning to be a dancer for a role in the terrifying remake of the 1977 horror film Suspiria. The 29-year-old said that shooting that movie was so intense that she had to go to therapy. However, she has been receiving rave reviews for the role.
Dakota Johnson will also appear in the new neo-noir crime thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, where she plays a quiet and suspicious woman who checks into a rundown hotel.
Bad Times at the El Royale is currently in theaters, and Suspiria premieres on October 26th.