» Fifty Shades of Grey Movie, E. L. James

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Fifty Shades of Grey Movie, E. L. Jamesby E L James
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This is more of a rant rather than a review.   I’ve already given my Fifty Shades reviews and to anyone who knows me at all knows how big of a fan I am of the books.

Nope… my rant today is the abysmal choices of actors for this movie.  OMG!!!  I’m so incredibly disappointed.  Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge fan of Charlie Hunnam and I’m sure Ms. Johnson is a great actress.  I’m not taking that away from either one of them.  I just don’t see either one of them fitting the roles for me.

I watch Sons of Anarchy every week and I own the DVD’s because I’m a huge follower of this epic show.  I love Charlie Hunnam’s character Jax and I just love everything about him on the show.  It’s just that when I picture Christian Grey, I SO DO NOT picture Charlie Hunnam.  It’s just all wrong.

Ana?  Dakota Johnson?  Really?  I’m sure she’s a great actress, but not for Anastasia!!  Sorry.  I don’t see it.

I’m sure there are some people out there who think both of these were the perfect choices and that’s great.  I’m glad for them.  Really I am.  I’m just thoroughly disappointed for myself.  I’ve been looking forward to this movie and I was not getting my hopes up for one actor or the other (well, except for Ian Somerhalder maybe)… so that I wouldn’t be disappointed.  I found out that Somerhalder did not get the part so I started with a clean slate again and then…. it happened… I was sitting on the couch and flipping through my news pages online when I saw “Jax” and thought… “Oooh, whatcha doin’ baby?” and then when I saw the Fifty Shades books behind him I was dumbfounded.  I couldn’t believe it.  I swear my bottom lip hit the floor.

Sometimes I sit back and wonder what exactly goes through casting people’s heads when they pick an actor and go in the opposite direction of (some) people’s opinion on who would fit the role better.  I would really like to know what they saw in Charlie Hunnam to cast him as Christian?  What exactly is it that I’m missing.  If I knew, then maybe I could sit back and say… “Okay… I see it now.”  and then I could potentially get excited about the movie again.   Same with Dakota Johnson.  What exactly did these casting people see in her to resemble Ana Steele?

Ultimately there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it so I just have to suck it up and get used to seeing these two as Ana & Christian.  The sooner I do that the sooner I can get excited about the movie again.  Charlie is a fantastic actor so hopefully he’ll win me over in the movie.

Isn’t it funny how two people can read the same book and picture in their minds what a character should look like and come up with two completely different people?  I guess that’s the beauty of the written word.  You see, my husband read the books too (he would never admit it to anyone so just don’t ask him!) and when he found out that Charlie was playing Christian… he was totally sold.   He sees it.  I just don’t.  He’s thinks I’m crazy.   He potentially could be right, but that has nothing to do with whether or not I think the right actor was chosen or not.

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About E L James

I’m a former TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in the leafy suburbs of West London. Since January 2012 my life has taken an extraordinary turn with the runaway success of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. From an early age I had always dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with – and my dreams have come true, thanks to you guys. Now that life seems to have settled down a little, I want to crack on and write my next novel – another adult, provocative romance. I do hope you will enjoy that too.

Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.

EL November 2012

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