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Jamie Dornan’s ‘Fifty Shades’ Legacy Has the Actor Still Trying to Prove His Worth

When the novel Fifty Shades of Grey was published in 2011, it seemed like a guarantee that the book would receive a movie adaptation. Though the material was a bit risqué for the big screen, the box office potential was simply too much to ignore. Fans were surprised when Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were cast as the leads.

Both actors had some movie experience but neither experienced starring roles in a blockbuster yet. However, both made the best out of their roles in the trilogy and have gone on to star in many popular and indie films.The Fifty Shades of Grey casting process was long and involved. Several actors and even the director quit. Pproduction scrambled to find a replacement after Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam vacated the role of Christian Grey, eventually filling it with Dornan.

Dornan was originally relieved when he’d missed out on the role to Hunnan. But he reconsidered when it was offered again and eventually accepted. While Dornan struggled with accepting the role, co-star Johnson also wasn’t sure she wanted to star in the film. Dornan starred in plenty of movies before and after Fifty Shades of Grey, but none have experienced the same level of success so far. Actors who give a breakout performance in one successful film can end up feeling pigeonholed into similar characters for the rest of their careers. Johnson was also vocal about the feeling of freedom in her post-Fifty career. Dornan still feels like he’s trying to shake off his reputation as Christian Grey. He recently spoke to GQ about his career and upcoming films. The 39-year-old elaborated:

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