Jamie Dornan: “I think plane spotting is far weirder than S&M”
The star of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey – and number three in GQ’s Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015 – talks to GQ about S&M and describes what it’s like to film a sex scene. Read this exclusive preview and see two photos from February’s issue of British GQ.
On his character in Fifty Shades of Grey
“In the course of researching this character, I have seen the reality very closely. I can tell you from an alarmingly first-hand perspective it’s not altogether sexy. But I’ve been in a dungeon with a lukewarm beer while a dominant has had some fun with his submissive and it was very playful and jovial and not at all dark and serious. There was a lot of laughter…”
On filming the sex scenes
“Your dignity is intact as much as it’s all tucked away in a little flesh-coloured bag… As a guy you put all your essentials in a little bag and you tie it up like a little bag of grapes and it’s tucked away. Its quite a peculiar thing to do every day.”
“I’m an extremely liberal person, I don’t give a f***. If people are into that they’re into that. By the way, if people make such a hoo-hah about the violence against women aspect of it, it’s far more common for men to be the submissive. And it’s consensual! There’s weirder shit than that. I think plane spotting is far weirder than S&M. That I really don’t get. I can understand why people are into S&M, but standing outside Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for Ryanair to come in?”
Reflecting on his life
“I feel good that I have my life in order. I’m not addicted to anything that I’m aware of. I’m not 21. I’m married to the most understanding person I’ve ever met. I have a baby. I think those are good things that stand me in decent stead going into whatever it is.”
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