Dakota Johnson Speaks Out on ‘Fifty Shades’ Battle Against E.L. James: ‘It Was Mayhem All the Time’

Dakota Johnson described the making of “Fifty Shades of Grey” as “psychotic” in a new cover story for Vanity Fair magazine.

The actor became an international star after being cast as Anastasia “Ana” Steele in the three-film franchise, but she said making the trilogy became complicated in part because of “the author of the books.” That would be E.L.

James, who maintained creative control over the film adaptations.“I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making,” Johnson said.


James] had a lot of creative control, all day, every day, and she just demanded that certain things happen.

There were parts of the books that just wouldn’t work in a movie, like the inner monologue, which was at times incredibly cheesy.

It wouldn’t work to say out loud.

It was always a battle.


When I auditioned for that movie, I read

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