Dakota Johnson finally opens up about her “psychotic” experience while filming Fifty Shades of Grey. Admitting she hasn’t “been able to talk about this truthfully ever.”
In a recent interview, she told Vanity Fair, “I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making.”
Why was the movie different than what she signed up for? She says it was a combination between the studio, director, but mostly the author.
“She had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen,” Dakota said. “There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy. It wouldn’t work to say out loud. It was always a battle. Always.”
Johnson revealed things got worse when Charlie Hunnman backed out of the starring role of Christian Grey, which led the author Erika Mitchell, known as E.L., to draft an entirely new script.
“We’d do the takes of the movie that Erika wanted to make, and then we would do the takes of the movie that we wanted to make,” she continued. “The night before, I would rewrite scenes with the old dialogue so I could add a line here and there. It was like mayhem all the time.”
Johnson admitted, “If I had known at the time that’s what it was going to be like, I don’t think anyone would’ve done it. It would’ve been like, ‘Oh, this is psychotic.’ But no, I don’t regret it.”
Although it was stressful, Johnson says she still has respect for the author. “Erika is a very nice woman, and she was always kind to me. I am grateful she wanted me to be in those movies.”