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‘Fifty Shades’ star Jamie Dornan recalls visiting BDSM dungeon

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TORONTO — Actor Jamie Dornan says he researched his role in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie by spending time in a BDSM dungeon in Vancouver.

“I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into,” Dornan told Elle UK in an interview published in the February issue.

“I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives.”

In November, the Irish actor told The Observer he watched “a perfectly sweet and normal woman” being spanked in the dungeon.

READ MORE: “There were contracts in place that said viewers wouldn’t be seeing my, um… my todger,” Dornan said of Fifty Shades sex scenes.

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie, based on the erotic novels by E.L. James, was filmed in Vancouver.

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Dornan told Elle UK the BDSM action he saw was not what he expected.

“I was like: ‘Come on guys I know I’m not paying for this but I am expecting a show.’ It was an interesting evening,” he recalled.

“Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards… I had a long shower before touching either of them.”

Former Calvin Klein underwear model Jamie Dornan stars in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’
Former Calvin Klein underwear model Jamie Dornan stars in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’. Handouts

Dornan said he was surprised the BDSM community is as big as it is.

“In pretty much any city in the world that you could name, people want to get spanked with a paddle with studs on it.”

Dornan defended the film against accusations it is misogynistic.

(Morality in Media said in a statement last summer the film promotes “abuse of power, female inequality, coercion, and sexual violence.”)

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“I can understand why people say tying a woman up and spanking her is misogynistic. But actually, more men are submissives than women. Very powerful men,” he said.

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Dornan said there is too much focus on the steamy scenes between he and Dakota Johnson.

“The love story is more important than the BDSM aspect. I mean, we are going to tell a love story, you know, it can’t just be what happens in the Red Room, that’s not a film,” he said.

“There’s so much more going on than that.”

Dornan told The Observer in November the film does not glorify violence against women.

“It’s very hard to argue that when it is all consensual,” he said. “Half the book is about making contracts. Permission and agreement that this be done. There’s no rape, no forced sexual situations.”

Fifty Shades of Grey opens Feb. 13.