E L James might be happy about the choices of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam for Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey. But fans of the erotic trilogy have expressed 50 shades of fury at the decision. Twitter erupted in an inferno of enraged tweets by fans who hated the casting announcement.
E L James got on her Twitter account to say that she was pleased and excited at the choices. Even though her original favorite was fellow brit Rob Pattinson. British author James has been turning to the Twitter feed to express her support of the two actors named.
Producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca have also gotten onto Twitter and defended the choices made. But to say fans are not happy at the casting announcement that was made on Monday, September 2 is the understatement of the century.
While a lot of the trilogy’s fans were outraged, James tried to pour some oil on the casting waters by tweeting: “To all the supporters, lovers and haters — thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you.”
Brunetti, decided to take a different approach of calming the casting storm. Making sure that fans understood that more went into the casting process than perhaps they were aware of. He explained on Twitter: “There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc.”
He then went on to tweet that if the actor that fans wanted was not on chosen, it may be for some or all of the items he listed as factors. He asked Twitter fans to please keep the hating down and try to keep some sort of perspective.
He then went on to thank the fans who actually liked the casting choices. He also said that he and his fellow producer, Michael De Luca could not wait to get started. He seems pretty confident that the actors chosen will do justice to the roles.
But with the 50 Shades of Grey casting choices creating 50 shades of fury from disgruntled fans of the erotic trilogy, it may take the producers and James a few more tweets calms things down.
Brunetti has to stand behind the decisions. He cannot go on record stating that they wished someone else were playing the parts. But he must believe in the correctness of the decision as he tweeted again that the two were “stunning” in auditions and that they had “incredible chemistry.”
One person not upset by the casting of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia was mother Melanie Griffith. Melanie’s reaction about her daughter Dakota’s casting as the nymphomaniac BDSM love slave was one of excitement. She is apparently proud of her being cast in the film.
Charlie Hunnam must be happy that he managed to beat out clear favorite Pattinson for the role. Bret Easton Ellis had confirmed earlier in the year that after talking to the 50 year-old erotica author he was under the impression that Rob was the clear winner in the race to be Christian.
What no one has mentioned are the actors who were originally approached for either role. Most would see playing in a film that is basically softporn as a poor career move. Especially since 50 Shades of Grey could be seen as a re-imaging of the 1986 film Nine and a Half Weeks.
But you cannot please everyone, a fact that Hollywood knows all too well. Producers of the film are probably happy that they got anyone to take on the roles. The casting announcement of 50 Shades of Grey has caused 50 shades of discontent and fury from fans. It is a good bet that Twitter will continue to be flooded with tweets about who should have been cast.
By Michael Smith