12 Fifty Shades Of Grey Scandals That Shook The Franchise

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1. Sam Taylor Wood decided not to return to direct the second and third films after falling out with the books' author, E.L. James.

She said: 'Her vision versus mine, and they were polar opposite.

'Every scene was fought over. It was tough. It was like wading uphill through sticky tar. Her thing was, "This is what the fans expect". I'd be like, "Well, let's try and hit those marks but create a new universe at the same time".'

Sam, Jamie, Dakota and E.L. James
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Word on the street is that E.L. James wanted more sex scenes in the film and Sam wanted to keep it a little classier.

2. Sam also said she has 'no interest' in seeing Darker and Freed:

'I have literally zero interest,' she told Sunday Times Magazine. 'I can never say I regret it, because that would just finish me off – would I go through it again? I'd be mad.'

3. Despite the fact that the books started out as Twilight fan fiction, Twilight's author Stephenie Meyer has made it clear she is NOT a fan of Fifty Shades.

'It's not my thing,' she reportedly admitted.

Stephenie Meyer

4. J K Rowling is also not a fan of the books, even saying she has no intention of ever reading them. Her editor even made her promise she'd never touch them. Blimey.

5. The Fifty Shades Darker premiere was targeted by protesters, who believe that the films 'normalise abuse'.

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6. Fifty Shades Freed has also been accused of 'glamourising domestic violence'.

In a column for Townhall, director of communications at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Katherine Blakeman, said: 'Women want and deserve healthy and consensual intimate relationships. So, Fifty Shades author E.L. James dressed up a sadomasochistic, abusive sexual relationship as just that – one that ended in true love, was based on consent, and was healthy for both partners.

'This unconvincing lie becomes all the more repulsive in the third part of the trilogy, when Christian Grey tells his wife, Ana, who suspects him of cheating, that he "made a vow to love [her] faithfully, forsaking all others, to comfort [her] in times of need, and to keep [her] safe."'

'Apparently Christian Grey's definition of 'safe' doesn't include physical, emotional, or psychological safety for Ana, just ultra-possessive jealousy on his part that keeps her 'safe' from other men.'

7. Charlie Hunnam pulled out of playing Christian Grey at the last minute. He told Entertainment Weekly: 'I just kind of made a bit of a rookie mistake in that one in biting off more than I could chew.'

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He told V Man of having to pull out: 'Oh, it was the worst professional experience of my life. It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I've ever had to deal with professionally. It was heartbreaking.'

8. Dakota Johnson's mum, Melanie Griffiths, has been notoriously awkward in public about watching the films. When asked if she'd seen the first film at the 2015 Oscars, Melanie - while stood right next to her daughter - said, 'No. I don't think I can. I think it would be strange.' Dakota doesn't look all that pleased.

Painful viewing, right?

9. Dakota Johnson has been quite honest in the past about the fact that she had doubts about taking on the role of Ana.

She told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Absolutely. The whole time. Even now there are moments when I think, "What the f*ck have I done?"'

10. There has been report after report after report claiming Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson don't actually like each other.

And many believe that their awkwardness with one another reached peak cringe at last year's Oscars.

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But director of Darker and Freed, James Foley, previously said: 'The actors genuinely like each other. The rumours of them not having chemistry are totally bizarre to me. Now, what the first movie was, I leave to others to judge that, but I sure think they have it now.

'I think that comes from the time they spent on the [first] publicity tour, after doing the movie. They really kind of bonded. And they found out that they make each other laugh. And so there was a lot of giggling.'

11. Angelina Jolie was approached about directing the Fifty Shades films, but declined. She said about her decision: 'I'm better at telling some stories than others.'

12. It seems like we nearly lost Jamie Dornan from the second and third movies. After filming the first Fifty Shades, he said about getting naked again: 'I'm sick of it. Sick of it.'

Luckily he changed his mind.

From: Cosmopolitan UK
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