Jamie Dornan has made a name for himself, and not only as the actor, who has been cast in the role of Christian Grey, but also as an actor who has a credibility to shoulder complicated roles like the ones he is playing in ‘The Fall’ and ‘New Worlds’. And when he has been nominated for his work at the Irish Academy Awards and has also won the award for the Best Leading Actor in a Television Role and also the award for Best Rising Actor for his work on ‘The Fall’, you can only imagine what the future holds for him.
But while ‘The Fall’ has been praised by critics and the audience alike (it was renewed for a second season and the star was also scheduled to start shooting for the same with co-star Gillian Anderson, in Belfast, in the later part of the month of January, this year), his Abe Goffe act on “New Worlds” has won less than satisfactory comments from the critics. Though the critics have been particularly unkind towards pace and the script of this four-part series, Jamie Dornan’s revolutionary act might spell doom for his big screen debut (of sorts). Some fans are concerned that since his ‘New Worlds’ has been dissed so cruelly by critics, it just might hurt the prospects of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.
But, on a closer view we will see that there are no parallels between the self-made entrepreneur, Christian Grey and Abe Goffe, an unkempt revolutionary. They even belong to two different time periods. While Grey is a man who has taste in clothes and is clean shaven and so attractive that girls and women of all ages swoon over him, Abe is just a contrast to Grey. And though some fans might be a little concerned how ‘New Worlds’ unpopularity among clients and viewers might prove to be costly for ‘Fifty Shades’, some also believe that it is hardly a concern.
Some very earnest and eager fans of Jamie Dornan are surprised at the end result, which is ‘New Worlds’, and critics have pointed out some technical defects too, like the slackened pace and the immature script in the television series. ‘New Worlds’ is a follow up to ‘The Devil’s Whore’ and though it ought to be cancelled owing its disastrous first part, thankfully for some Jamie Dornan fans, it is too late now to cancel the series. Technically, ‘New Worlds’ performance should not have a bearing on how ‘Fifty Shades’ performs, but, having said that, it is also true that people do generalise. But of Jamie’s recent luck at the Irish Academy Awards is to be believed, and if hopefully the stint continues, ‘Fifty Shades’ should be a money churner.
After all, if the novel, on which the adaptation is based, can rake in sales of over a 100 million copies, there is no reason to believe that the film will have a different fate at the box office. With Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson already being praised for their chemistry and the way they complement each other, ‘Fifty Shades’ has success written all over it! Touch wood!
When you rope in an Oscar winner for your movie, it really makes people sit up and take notice. And the same can be said about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” adaptation too. And if you still don’t know who we are talking about, what can we say apart from shame on you! The person we are referring to is none other than Marcia Gay Harden, who won her Oscar for the best supporting actress when she appeared in the movie “Pollock” as Lee Krasner.
She plays the role of Christian Grey’s step mother in the movie and when talking about her screen step son, the first thing that she talks about is the aura of mystery that surrounds Jamie, which stems from the fact that Jamie has been really elusive while he was shooting for “Fifty Shades”, and that included no red carpet walks or talking to the media about the coveted role he landed. Marcia defends the mysterious quality in her co-star, Dornan saying that it is essential to have someone mysterious and not with too much pedigree. If the person has a lot of pedigree then it would make it impossible for the others to stop thinking about that pedigree, says the 54 year old.
Thinking constantly about the pedigree is almost impossible in a film and difficult for the role too, Marcia adds. When Marcia was asked what she would like to share about her hunk of a co-star, the mother of three’s pat reply was that he is beautiful, and no, she did not stop there! She went on to add that he is a ‘chiseled beauty’, which is eaten up by the camera.
She further notes that he is an ‘Irish boy’, an actor based in the U.K., who recently had a baby with singer-songwriter wife, Amelia Warner, a sweet guy, who surfs and occasionally “sings little Irish ditties”. When Marcia Gay Harden was asked about her role in this erotically charged movie adaptation and playing step mother to the pivotal character of the novel and the movie, who is a successful entrepreneur but also a bad boy of sorts because of his penchant for BDSM, she mentions that her scenes in this Sam Taylor-Wood directed venture are “more PG-rated”. She joked that if an actor is not in the red room of pain with “some naked flesh” in the face and “a sex toy in hand” this movie, and shooting for it is pretty much like doing any other movie.
She adds that she is the mom, she’s “momma Grey”. Marcia, who plays the role of Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey in this movie, had mentioned earlier something about Jamie breaking into “Irish ditties” and when she spoke at length about it, she mentioned that Jamie Dornan was known to sing, Rita Ora’s songs between takes! Yes, you heard her right! Incidentally, Rita plays his adoptive sister in the movie, and if that’s the reason why he sang her songs or not, we don’t know, and neither does Dr. Grey (we are hoping)!
But given that Jamie has two singles to his credit, it makes it easier for us to believe that he can sing and his songs were anything but torture on Marcia’s eardrums. Right, Marcia?