As the long anticipated movie release draws near, I'm compelled to write something in regards to the negative feedback I've heard and read about the actor chosen to portray Christian Grey in the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie.
The one, single most important thing that I can say is this. It doesn't matter who would be chosen to play Christian Grey, there would be someone, somewhere, unhappy about it. Matt Bomer, Charlie Hunnan, ect, ect,...it doesn't matter. When we read a book, any book, our imagination creates the features of the characters based on our own personal preferences. (That's the glory of reading!)
WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. If every one of us found the same type of person attractive, the entire world would be in chaotic disarray as we scrambled to get our claws into the few out there who actually match our envisioned 'perfect' specimen.
But the truth of it is, Jamie Dornan is in fact, an attractive man.
Does he fit my vision of the oh-so-beautiful and tortured billionaire Christian Grey?
No, not really, but he's growing on me. (You have to admit, he rocks those Calvin Klein underwear!)
Will his lack of living up to my Christian Grey standard stop me from seeing the movie?
Nope, I've already purchased my tickets.
Personally, I'm anxious to see life breathed into these characters; to see the wide range of emotion this story brings out on the screen. (I do adore a good love story...this one just happens to have a Red Room of Pain.) I've discovered that writing a screenplay for a movie is an entirely different animal than writing a book. It will be interesting to see how the scenes transform from page to screen. But, I won't use that as my excuse for wanting to see the movie. I want to see it no matter who they've chosen to play Christian Grey.
My advice to all of those people who are unhappy with the choice of actors is this....Don't see the movie.
It's really just that simple. If it is going to destroy the persona of Christian Grey that E.L. James created in your mind, don't bother.
But let me remind you of one very tiny, but important detail....
He isn't a real man.
"Christian Grey — he isn't a real person. He's a superhero — a myth. He's like Bigfoot! He's unbelievable. He's unattainable. There's no actor in the world who could live up to that." - Jamie Dornan (in that sweet Irish accent)
Agreed, Jamie, agreed.