In an age where various pornographic Youtube equivalents and free-to-access websites mean anyone can see various sex acts from bukakke to tromboning with just a few keystrokes, the novel sensation “Fifty Shades of Grey” seems rather tame.
The sex itself may have been the selling point, but the story is more about the power play that take place within an S&M relationship. The most extreme elements involve spanking and a nasty scene of belt whipping, a long way from the likes of someone doing pirouettes whilst sitting on a well-oiled traffic cone.
The big issue with the film adaptation though is what they can get away with. On the one hand being risque and boundary pushing is the whole selling point of the film, on the other if they go go too far they risk alienating a mainstream audience and feeling the wrath of censorship boards who are often far stricter on sex than violence.
In a new interview with The Guardian, the film’s star Jamie Dornan was asked about how graphic the film will get, to which he said:
“You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic. Sam is a very bright woman, so there might be some suggestive elements to it, but I haven’t seen it at this stage, so it is hard for me to say. I’m aware of what we shot, and it wasn’t as if we shot a film without any action.”
The big surprise though is that Dornan will NOT be going full frontal in the film: “There were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn’t be seeing my, um…Yeah, my todger.” The interview then compared that with Ewan McGregor who has gotten it out in many of his films to which Dornan replied: “Does he? Well, maybe Ewan has a more impressive girth.”
Asked about the film glorifying sexual violence, he says: “I think it’s very hard to argue that when it is all consensual. Half the book is about making contracts. Permission and agreement that this be done. There’s no rape, no forced sexual situations.”
Dornan did confirm as part of his research for the film he went to a BDSM dungeon in Vancouver where he saw a “perfectly sweet and normal woman” enjoying being spanked.