'Fifty Shades of Grey' author tried to control the movie's director forcing the two to clash heads and ideas.
Fifty Shades of Grey
is only a few weeks away from premiering. In an article published in the February 2015 issue of Vanity Fair,
Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of the Fifty Shades of Grey
didn't get along with the book's author, E.L. James.
Taylor-Johnson creative talents apparently created a divide between herself and E.L. James, who held an usual amount of artistic control in the various decisions in the movie.
James was an amateur among sophisticates. Taylor-Johnson had her own ideas about how to shoot the film, including the sex scenes. Their knowledge of film and reference points was completely different. Taylor-Johnson thought Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now had one of the best sex scenes in any film, and one with the woman mostly in control. James's favorite films, she tells us, are Casablanca, Good Will Hunting, Cabaret, Aliens, The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, and It's a Wonderful Life.
Vanity Fair describes E.L James as a "great dinner date", and was extremely protective of the movie adaptation of the best selling series. Producer Michael De Luca admitted that "there were ups and downs" and "some spirited debates" during filming. Taylor-Johnson herself adds:
"I kept trying to remind myself that they hired me for a reason. Some people said to me, 'I'm surprised you haven't quit.' I was like, 'Why would you think I'd quit?' I never quit anything. Not without a fight." She admits, of James, "We battled all the way through. She'd say the same. There were tough times and revelatory times. There were sparring contests. It was definitely not an easy process, but that doesn't mean to say that it didn't come out the right way."
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