Jamie Dornan had a much easier time filming the two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels than the original film.
Dornan, who plays the sexually twisted Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades film franchise, spoke recently about the experience of filming Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, and how it compared to the first film. The actor also praised his co-star Dakota Johnson (who plays Anastasia) for making him feel comfortable.
"I'd say it was a less pressurized environment," he told Marie Claire UK. "We've gone through this mad journey together. Dakota knows what I'm going through and only I know what she's going through. We get on very well, we make each other laugh and we're comfortable with each other, which is very important because Jesus, if I didn't get on with her... I've heard horror stories of that happening. Actors who have to do intimate things with another actor and they just don't get on... It's not good."
However, the last day of filming on the Fifty Shades film franchise coincided with a very tragic day: the Bastille Day attack in Nice - where they happened to be filming.
"That was a particularly awful end to the shoot - and very sobering. Having to film the very next day there... it just felt so frivolous and silly that we were standing on all this money, doing something as stupid as making a movie when what had happened occurred,' he admitted.
Meanwhile, the actor has expressed his disinterest in returning to play Christian Grey in another film. Fifty Shades of Grey book series writer E.L. James has written a book from Christian's perspective called Grey, but Dornan is very much done with him.
"We have done two movies back to back now, and I'm actually finished with it. I've done Fifty Shades forever," he said, via The Sun. "I move on very fast in my mind. As much as from the outside people think you are synonymous with one character, but I'm very much like, 'Right, that's done' and move on to the next project and worry about that character."
Fifty Shades Darker is set for release on Feb. 11, 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed will be released Feb. 10, 2018.