Dakota Johnson finally opens up about what went wrong on the Fifty Shades Of Gray set

When Fifty Shades of Gray was released in 2011, EL James had no idea how massive it would be. “I am consistently overwhelmed and shocked by the success of this book,” James, whose real name is Erika Mitchell, told Today. Mitchell admitted she was worried about a film adaptation after a bidding war started in Hollywood. “I wanted it to be tasteful,” she said.

The film eventually earned a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Certainly there is an audience out there for this type of story, and with any luck, neither you nor I will ever need to interact with it,” snarled Cinemaphile. “The most anticipated release of the year is little more than one hell of a bore,” commented the Daily Mail. The New Yorker was a little kinder: “Mostly well played, not too long, [it had] to be better than the novel… It could hardly be worse.”

But haters will hate. According to The Guardian, the film was a box office hit, grossing over $500 million worldwide, making it Universal’s highest-grossing R-rated release in history. From the start, however, the film set was plagued with reports of incipient trouble, drama, sabotage, fights, feuds, ego conflicts and tensions. “In hindsight, would I go through it again?” Sam Taylor-Johnson told The Times about directing the first film. “Of course I wouldn’t. I’d be pissed!” Now another person is finally speaking out about what went wrong on the set of Fifty Shades of Gray: Dakota Johnson.

Dakota Johnson says it was more Fifty Shades of ‘psychotic’ than grey

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Initially, Jamie Dornan was furious with critics mocking “Fifty Shades of Grey”. By the time the third film was finished, however, he was ready to hang up his handcuffs. Dornan even started cracking Fifty Shades jokes, but his co-star wasn’t laughing. Portraying Anastasia Steele was Dakota Johnson’s first significant role. After Johnson was cut off financially by her famous parents when she refused to attend college, the film series was hugely important to her then-burgeoning career.

During filming, publicists denied reports of problems on the set. However, the truth came out when the cast and crew shared their experiences. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson told The Times she constantly clashed with EL James, who insisted on complete micromanagement throughout filming. Now, Johnson spilled the BDSM tea to Vanity Fair.

“It was always a struggle,” the actor said of James’ demands and need for constant control on set. It led to “constant chaos” in the work environment. Johnson shared that she often had to write her own lines so that the unscripted “inner dialogue” from the book, which James insisted was captured at the last minute, made sense on camera. Yet despite all the chaos and devastation, Johnson has no regrets about making the films. That said, if she had known what to expect, she probably would have thought twice before signing on the dotted line. “If I had known at the time it was going to be like this, probably nobody would have done it,” Johnson admitted, adding it was “psychotic.”