But the actor who portrays BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey has insisted the movie will not glorify sexual violence against women.
“It’s very hard to argue that when it is all consensual,” said Jamie Dornan. “Half the book is about making contracts. Permission and agreement that this be done.
“There’s no rape, no forced sexual situations.”
In an interview with The Observer, Dornan said he went to a BDSM dungeon in Vancouver — where the film was shot — and watched “a perfectly sweet and normal woman” being spanked.
“There may well be a repressed side to some women who long for that kind of thrill in their everyday life,” he said.
Dornan also revealed fans of the erotic novel will not get to see all of Grey’s anatomy.
“There were contracts in place that said viewers wouldn’t be seeing my, um… my todger,” he explained.
“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.”
While Dornan’s penis won’t pop up on screen, Fifty Shades will still sizzle.
“I’m aware of what we shot, and it wasn’t as if we shot a film without any action,” said Dornan.
The former model insisted those “action” scenes didn’t turn him on.
“Anyone who thinks actors get turned on doing sex scenes in films is mistaken. There are dozens of hairy men standing around, moving cables and lighting equipment,” Dornan said.
“That’s not sexy unless you’re into being watched, which I’m not.”
Dornan and co-star Dakota Johnson were back in Vancouver last month to reshoot some scenes for Fifty Shades of Grey, which hits cinemas in February.