‘Fifty Shades’: How ‘Darker’ got it hotter

February 8, 2017 - Fifty Shades of Grey

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson speak ’50 Shades Darker’ with USA TODAY’s Andrea Mandell.
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LOS ANGELES — A entirely bearded Jamie Dornan stretches out a leg on tip of a journalist’s knee. “Do we mind if we put my feet up?” he grins, as Dakota Johnson laughs subsequent to him.

Fifty Shades Darker (in theaters Thursday), the new supplement formed on a best-selling BDSM intrigue array by E.L. James, finds a intimately widespread billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) commencement to concede with an increasingly independent Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

But lay with a movie’s stars and one thing is clear: These dual are in their sophomore year of Fifty Shades of Grey, and things are different.

“We have a loyalty that will be a perpetually friendship, since we’ve left by this thing together,” explains Dornan, 34, who shot a franchise’s final dual installments, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, concurrently with Johnson, 27, final year. “I know what Dakota’s going by a whole approach by a film and she knows what I’m going through. And nobody else does.”


Fighting off a rainy, cold day in a friendly sweater over her black stand top, Johnson nods. “We also spend so most time together that it’s utterly easy to figure out if a other chairman is about to have a mental breakdown,” she grins.

The easy vibe currently outlines a sheer contrariety to a Fifty Shades of Grey media tour in 2015, that was tormented with rumors that a dual stars hated any other (not true, they told USA TODAY at a time) and that James feuded on set with executive Sam Taylor-Johnson.

For a sequel, Darker found a new executive in James Foley (House of Cards, Billions), who has his own take on the drama.

Johnson and Dornan “told me they hardly knew any other when they started a initial one. There was some attrition in a creation of that” film, he says. “But afterwards they unequivocally bonded, interestingly enough, in a broadside debate around a universe later, so when we started (Darker), they were already adult to speed.”