‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ executive Sam Taylor-Johnson finds R-rated honeyed spot
January 10, 2015 - Fifty Shades of Grey
Sam Taylor-Johnson had been operative in privacy for months when she finally got an event to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed spectator — Beyoncé.
The London-born executive is creation one of a many expected cinema of 2015, an instrumentation of E.L. James’ bestselling novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a initial in a trilogy that lighted a guilty-pleasure edition materialisation in 2011 and unprotected a mostly womanlike assembly of some-more than 100 million readers to an eyebrow-raising amorous storyline.
Last year, Taylor-Johnson brought scenes from a film to Beyoncé’s home in Los Angeles so a cocktail star could see how her song would underpin a erotic play about a shy new college graduate, Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson), who enters into a intimately cooperative attribute with an puzzling immature billionaire, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
“As a stage non-stop there was no context,” Taylor-Johnson said, recalling a footage she common with Beyoncé. “There wasn’t a delayed assembly and a talk and a coffee shop, it was just, here’s a hardcore sex scene, hey, good to accommodate we … we unexpected felt myself recoil. we unexpected thought, ‘This is unequivocally explicit, and we don’t even know this woman.'”
Taylor-Johnson is going to be pity those scenes with a many incomparable assembly soon, when “Fifty Shades of Grey” arrives in theaters Feb. 13.
Like “Star Wars” and large comic book movies, a film has an fervent and sold assembly to please. Originally self-published as a square of “Twilight” fan fiction, a book literally sprouted from a universe of zealous fandom, and, in a pointer of how many those fans are hungering for a film, a “trailer was a many watched of 2014, racking adult 93 million YouTube views given a entrance in July.
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Taylor-Johnson comes to a plan with a graphic artistic vision, quite about a film’s passionate politics, and some profitable knowledge with devotees — her prior underline was a 2009 John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy.” But with only one eccentric underline underneath her belt, she isn’t a many apparent claimant to helm a large blurb studio film.
“I remember one of a [“Fifty Shades”] producers observant to me, ‘Can we hoop creation a film with such a large fan base?'” she said. “I reminded him we did make a film about one of a Beatles. And it was a identical conditions as shortly as a casting began — everybody pitches in with, we have to do this and we can’t do that. So there contingency be some clarity of wanting a plea that we chuck on myself.”
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Petite, with a bit of punk-rock pinkish in her hair, Taylor-Johnson, 47, is soft-spoken yet direct. She projects a ease — maybe it comes from her use of Transcendental Meditation or maybe it’s that she’s spent a lot of time in dim bedrooms recently holding executives’ records about thrusting.
A visible artist before she became a filmmaker, Taylor-Johnson has a knack for capturing group during their many vulnerable. She is maybe best famous as a photographer for “Crying Men,” a 2004 array of actors weeping, including Robin Williams, Laurence Fishburne and Dustin Hoffman. Commissioned by London’s National Portrait Gallery to film a video mural of David Beckham, she opted to sketch a soccer star sleeping. After directing brief films — including one about a male masturbating in a dried — she done “Nowhere Boy,” that depicts how Lennon was done by dual absolute women in his life, his mom and his aunt.
By contrast, “Fifty Shades” depicts an roughly obsolete male-female relationship, with a absolute male ostensible to control a young, susceptible woman. At a tallness of a book’s popularity, a “Today” uncover shred explored either it promoted assault opposite women, and a Newsweek essay suggested that empowered women were reading it since being a breadwinner was removing boring.
Taylor-Johnson’s idea was to find a nuances in a relationship.
“The book appealed to me since it was a dim and comfortless adore story,” she said. “I had a graphic proceed to feeling that she was empowered even yet she was in a place where she could be seen as a victim, and even yet this attribute is about prevalence and submission, to have it be an equal journey. It’s flattering complex, and I’m constantly feeling like I’m on a knife’s edge.”
Taylor-Johnson’s possess personal life reflects a eagerness to gibe gathering — in 2012 she married Aaron Johnson, a English actor whom she expel as Lennon in “Nowhere Boy” when he was 19 and she was 42 and who now goes by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. She has 4 daughters, dual with Taylor-Johnson and dual from a prior matrimony to art play Jay Jopling.
She changed her family of 6 from London to Hollywood while creation “Fifty Shades.” “There’s space and large skies and sunshine,” she pronounced of vital in SoCal. “I have a many calmer lifestyle here, ’cause we can’t have a insane life and work on a insane film.”
Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades” float had an sudden start. She had been haranguing one of a movie’s producers, Michael De Luca, about another film he was formulation when he asked her to come in for a assembly about directing a James novel, during a time among a hottest properties in town. She insincere she was a prolonged shot for such a high-profile plan — other directors Universal Pictures was deliberation enclosed Joe Wright, Bennett Miller and Steven Soderbergh.
“My representative pronounced it would be good use for me,” Taylor-Johnson said. “It was a room full of 15 people. It was unequivocally intimidating. we had cut together a mood reel. we had song ideas, play of lighting. we unequivocally worked to make certain we was taken seriously. The subsequent day they called me during 8 in a morning and said, ‘You’ve got a job, and we’re announcing it during lunchtime.'”
James was a hands-on producer. The author was in a room when Taylor-Johnson initial done her representation for a job, and she had capitulation over a book by Kelly Marcel, a casting and a wardrobe, that led to exhilarated discussions, Taylor-Johnson said.
For one scene, a executive wanted to cgange a parsimonious dress described privately in a book. “I pronounced it’s not right for this stage ’cause she wouldn’t be means to dance in a dress that tight,” Taylor-Johnson said. “And everybody goes to their panic stations.” (Ultimately she won out, and a flowy dress is in a film.
To expel Anastasia, rather improbably, she had actresses review an intense, four-page digression from a 1966 Ingmar Bergman film “Persona” before settling on Johnson, a singer and indication who is a daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith.