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Remote controlled cameras were utilized for a majority of the sex scenes so the set could be more private for the actors.
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Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey revealed that he and his team digitally added in shots of visible pubic hair and that it was not real. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan both wore sheer modesty patches, often used in sex scenes, to cover themselves while shooting.
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Angelina Jolie was offered the chance to direct, but she declined.
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Dakota Johnson took a flogger and several pairs of underwear from the film set. She took the underwear claiming they were too comfortable to leave behind.
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Jamie Dornan revealed that he visited a private sex dungeon for research on his Christian Grey character.
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Dakota Johnson had to use body make-up to cover her tattoos in the film.
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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan filmed the scenes in the red room the last week of the production's shootings. This way they would be more comfortable with each other since they had spent a lot of time together during the rest of the shoot.
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Charlie Hunnam was first cast as Christian Grey but dropped out two months later due to scheduling challenges. He said about his dropping out of the role "I was going to finish [filming] Sons of Anarchy (2008) at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for Fifty, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning. And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting Crimson Peak (2015) in Toronto. I just had like ... frankly, something of a nervous breakdown. I just said, 'I can't... I can't...'. To fail on such a grand scale - because Fifty's going to be massive, it's going to be huge. I really didn't want to fail on such a grand scale, and I just couldn't transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours. It's painful because I loved the character and I wanted to do it. I'm also a man of my word."
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Jamie Dornan had to learn how to walk differently to play his character since he tends to walk on his toes than his heels.
Jamie Dornan embarked on a very strict 3-hours-a-day workout routine as soon as he was cast as Christian Grey. Dornan had been an underwear model before and had always been in good shape but he had to step it up as his character Christian Grey is supposed to "be the epitome of male beauty". His diet consisted of drinking protein shakes 5 times a day including one every day at 4:00 AM - he would get up in the middle of the night using an alarm clock, drink the protein shake and then go back to sleep. Dornan felt he did not need to get too big for the role saying "Christian is not a monster, he's not a beast". He instead went for an extremely "ripped" appearance and had to maintain his six-pack abs throughout the shoot by doing hundreds of sit-ups and core exercises daily, something Dornan was not a big fan of.
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Many people in the BDSM community consider this book/movie offensive because it has dangerous behavior and does not fully follow the idea of safe, sane, and consensual. They feel this feeds into negative stereotypes of BDSM practitioners.
The movie is banned in Kenya due to prolonged and explicit sexual scenes. Anyone who distributes or shows the movie is liable to prosecution.
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Dakota Johnson requested her parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith not to see the film. She thought it was inappropriate for them to watch it at the time of the film's release.
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Sex scenes constitute 14 minutes and 17 seconds of the run-time.
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Jamie Dornan controversially revealed that he wouldn't be doing full frontal nudity for the film stating that in fact, there were signed contracts in place to make sure his penis does not appear in film. It raised concerns for the fans of the book as they feared the film-makers had toned down the explicit and graphic nature of the sexually-charged source material.
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The first time Ana gets to see the Red Room of Pain is the first time Dakota Johnson saw it as well, The director Sam Taylor-Johnson wanted her reaction to be genuine. Jamie Dornan, however, spent a good deal of time in there so he would feel familiar and comfortable in the scenes.
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When Mr. Grey visits Ana at the hardware store and purchases rope, cable ties and tape, Ana says to him, "You are a complete serial killer." He replies, "Not today." This conversation was not in the book. Jamie Dornan played a serial killer in The Fall (2013).
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Each cast member learned their lines in five days.
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Jamie Dornan actually does not like shaving at all and usually sports a full beard in his down time. However, while filming, he had to shave every single morning to maintain Grey's clean cut appearance. Dornan was glad he at least did not have to shave his chest, saying he naturally "did not have a great deal of chest hair".
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Dakota Johnson received minor whiplash when her co-star, Jamie Dornan, threw her on a bed.
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The final screen test for Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan included them re-enacting the first and last chapters of the book.
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In many countries this film has received a rating which prevents minors from watching it, some even banned it. However, in France the film has received a "12" rating. According to the president of the National Center of Cinematography (CNC), this rating was not unanimous - some reviewers thought the film did not need an age restriction at all.
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The casting of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele was one of the most talked about throughout Hollywood, with fans pushing for the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Chris Evans, Henry Cavill, Alex Pettyfer, Ryan Gosling, Armie Hammer, Robert Pattinson, Matt Bomer and Chris Hemsworth to be considered for Christian, and Emma Watson, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Suki Waterhouse, Olivia Wilde, Emilia Clarke, Margot Robbie and Lily Collins for the role of Anastasia. Christian Cooke and Dominic Cooper auditioned for Christian, with Stephen Amell being reportedly in talks for the role at some point. Finally, Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were cast, with Johnson beating out the likes of Shailene Woodley, Elizabeth Olsen, Imogen Poots, Alicia Vikander, Danielle Panabaker, Lucy Hale and Felicity Jones. Hunnam withdrew later due to scheduling conflicts with his show Sons of Anarchy. Alexander Skarsgård, François Arnaud, Billy Magnussen, Scott Eastwood and Luke Bracey were then front runners for Hunnam's replacement before Jamie Dornan was finally selected. Matthias Schoenaerts was also approached for the role of Christian Grey, but he told that he fell asleep while reading the script and his agent told him to stay out of it.
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The first trailer included a special version of "Crazy in Love" by singer/actress Beyoncé. She recorded the version specifically for the film. The song was referenced by Anastasia Steele in the second book of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker.
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After its premiere on July 24, 2014, the first trailer for the film became the most viewed trailer of 2014 after it gained over 100 million views in just over a week. Universal and Focus Features cited online marketing and social media for the overwhelming amount of views.
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The initial audition for the role of Anastasia Steele included reading a monologue from Ingmar Bergman's film, Persona (1966). The monologue was utilized to see if the actress could maturely and comfortably handle the film's subject matter.
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All of the equipment in Christian Grey's "red room" is accurate to real BDSM play with the exception of cable ties he purchases from Anastasia at Clayton's Hardware. BDSM experts claim that cable ties are not used due to an increased risk of personal injury and permanent damage to the submissive.
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Screenwriter Kelly Marcel revealed that she wasn't able to watch the film, because it reminded her of how her original screenplay was eventually changed by the novel's author E.L. James and that the final script felt too much of a compromise for the screenwriter. She said the difference between what she imagined and what eventually ended up on screen was too big of a mountain for her to overcome. When she delivered her draft, James told her that she liked it but the fans wouldn't because they wanted a faithful adaptation. For days, Marcel and James worked on it together until the novelist was happy with the result, which Marcel calls 50% hers and 50% James'.
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The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight (2008) fan fiction series originally titled Master of the Universe and published on fan-fiction websites. It featured characters named after Stephenie Meyer's characters in Twilight, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.
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According to BDSM experts, the riding crop technique Christian uses in the film is far more advanced BDSM play and that it's not realistic for it to have been used on a beginner, such as Anastasia.
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All of the props in Christian's "red room" were custom built by the props department. Production designer David Wasco had custom built toys created because most toys used in BDSM play did not fit into the film's color scheme.
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Lucy Hale admitted on the Ellen show that auditioning for the film was very uncomfortable, and that producers decided against casting her because she appeared to look too young.
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The first draft of the script by writer Kelly Marcel included way more sex and was much more sexually explicit than the final version. In fact, she wanted it to be NC-17, along with one of the film's producers Dana Brunetti. However, Universal executives shot down any such plans and the script was considerably toned down both in the number of sex scenes and the explicitness of the sex by two subsequent re-writes. The studio would only approve an R rated film as they had bought the rights for $5 million dollars and with a budget of $40 million dollars, they did not want to turn away a large portion of their audience which would be the case if they released an NC-17 film.
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First film of 2015 to receive an Oscar nomination, when "Earned It" was announced among the contenders for Best Original Song.
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Considered to be the second major motion picture based on fan-fiction. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) was the first.
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The Seattle Space Needle shown in the second trailer is lit up green with a blue flag at the top because the Seattle Seahawks had just won their first Super Bowl when the trailer was filmed.
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During filming of the sex scenes, director Sam Taylor-Johnson would put some quiet music on to help the cast relax and create the mood for the scenes. One of the artists chosen by her were Caetano Veloso.
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During filming in Vancouver, several residents were upset over the commotion caused by the production. One man rang a cowbell out his apartment window, ruining several shots until the producers came to an agreement with him by moving the rain machine to another location.
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Despite being a musician before an actress, Rita Ora was not included on the film's soundtrack despite asking the producers. The soundtrack includes music from Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd, Sia, and original compositions from Danny Elfman.
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Shortly before it was shown in cinemas in Iceland a message started spreading on Facebook where the movie was criticized for "emphasizing the fact that violent relationships are sought-after and supports the idea of rape". People were urged to donate the amount of the admission to a local women's shelter or the local Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence instead of seeing the film. Many accepted.
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The version of Ellie Goulding's song, "Love Me Like You Do," that plays in the film is different from the full version found on the film's soundtrack. A different version of Beyoncé's "Haunted" remix is also played in the movie.
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Filmed between 1 December 2013 and 21 February 2014.
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E.L. James wielded a large amount of creative control over everything from casting to the wardrobe to the final script - unusual for any novelist, let alone one whose only published work was a single series of three books. This led to no end of disputes between her and Sam Taylor-Johnson. While Taylor-Johnson wanted to make a more streamlined adaptation, James was very protective of her book and vetoed even the most minor deviations from it, and since James was the one with final say on all creative decisions, Taylor-Johnson often found herself forced to go along.
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This movie was banned in India for strong sexual content and nudity. It was only shown heavily censored in a limited number of theatres.
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The book references Christian and Anastasia using Blackberry cell phones and Apple computers. While the film shows an extensive usage of Apple computers, the Blackberry phones were replaced with the iPhone.
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Christian Grey's penthouse is entirely decorated by a Portuguese company called Menina Design. The furniture for his bedrooms is actually made by one of their brands called Boca do Lobo, which translates to The Wolf's Mouth.
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In an interview, director Sam Taylor-Johnson stated the film took 9 1/2 weeks to shoot. Coincidentally, 9½ Weeks (1986) was an earlier film about a couple engaged in similar steamy S&M sex games featuring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.
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The film was shot in the Gastown District of Vancouver, British Columbia from December 1, 2013 to February 21, 2014. Alternate locations were filmed at North Shore Studios. Notable locations, such as the Bentall 5 and the University of British Columbia, make appearances as Grey Enterprises and the Washington State University - Vancouver.
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The beginning of the movie shows Christian getting ready to go for a run. This scene is from "Grey", which E.L. James wrote to show Christian's perspective of the original novel's events. "Grey" came out the same year as this film.
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The movie was banned in Nigeria after its premiere.
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Before Christian's speech at Anastasia's university, they show some photos of Christian Grey with various personalities. In the first of these he is shown with Elon Musk.
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Officially received an R-rating from the MPAA on January 7, 2015 for strong sexual content including unusual behavior, dialogue and graphic nudity and language.
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The movie is shown in the Philippines with noticeable blurs and screen blocks as introduced by the local producers even prior to review by the local movie regulatory board. This was an attempt to get an R-16 rating for the film to be shown on more cinemas and to a broader audience. However, the film still received an R-18 rating.
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By early 2012, several Hollywood studios had presented or were preparing presentations to the author and her agent to obtain film rights to the Fifty Shades trilogy. Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount and Universal, as well as Mark Wahlberg's production company, put in bids for the film rights, with Universal Pictures and Focus Features eventually securing the rights to the trilogy in March 2012.
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Christian's Escala penthouse was one set. The set was entirely custom built on a sound stage in Vancouver complete with an artificial Seattle skyline on the outside of the windows.
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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson used her many connections in the art world to help furnish Christian Grey's penthouse; appearing in Mr. Grey's collection are works by Jake Chapman (a former boyfriend of Taylor-Johnson's), Dinos Chapman, John Baldessari, Edward Ruscha, Michael Joo, Gary Hume, Georgie Hopton, Harland Miller and Rob Pruitt.
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The film's opening weekend marked the highest US opening for a female director until Wonder Woman (2017) directed by Patty Jenkins.
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Bret Easton Ellis publicly expressed his desire to write the screenplay for the film before Kelly Marcel was selected by E.L. James. Months after this, Ellis revealed on his podcast that he was later told it was always the intention to hire a female writer to adapt the book.
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The floor plan of Christian Grey's penthouse was created for production designer David Wasco by E.L. James.
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Garrett Hedlund turned down the role of Christian Grey because he didn't want to be tied down to doing two sequels.
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At one point Katie Cassidy was rumored to play Leila Williams, a character ultimately not appearing in this film.
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Despite longstanding internet rumors, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the husband of director Sam Taylor-Johnson, does not appear in the film.
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Sam Taylor-Johnson also directed the music video for 'Earned It' by The Weekend, which also features on the Fifty Shades of Grey OST.
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The "Red Room of Pain" is mentioned in The Vampire Diaries: The Five (2012). The term is used to allude to a torture chamber.
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Model and actor David Gandy turned down the role of Christian Grey.
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The glider scene was filmed using a green screen.
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_"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999) {Twenty Five Acts (#14.3)_ contains a BDSM romance book by a novice author entitled "Twenty Five Acts" and is very similar to the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" including an elevator scene between the main characters in the book.
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According to Kelly Marcel, the film's screenwriter, her original screenplay featured a non-linear narrative.
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Jennifer Ehle, who plays Anastasia Steele's mother, played Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995). Christian says that he would have guessed Jane Austen was who first made Anastasia fall in love with literature.
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Author E.L. James sought to retain some control during the movie's creative process. Producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed on to produce the film, having been hand-picked by James.
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Brian Swardstrom (Sam Taylor-Johnson's agent) mentioned Dakota Johnson to his friend, director Luca Guadagnino, when he was searching for an actress to play Penelope in A Bigger Splash (2015). Then Guadagnino spoke to Sam because she had been working with Dakota on 'Fifty Shades of Grey', but nobody knew anything about it yet - the movie didn't even have a trailer yet and she recommended Dakota to him and he decided to cast her for his film.
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According to the computer technician's form signed by Anastasia, her address is 598 North Lombard Street, Apartment 7, Portland, Oregon. Christian Grey's address is listed as 120 Third Avenue, Seattle, Washington.
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Although set in late May and early June, filming occurred from December through March. There are lighted Christmas trees in some of the nightscapes of Seattle.
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Although Anastasia graduated from Washington State University with a 4.0 GPA, she was not selected as a valedictorian.
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Patrick Marber was brought in by Sam Taylor-Johnson to polish the screenplay, specifically to do some character work.
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The Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray from Universal Pictures includes an Audio Descriptive Track.
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The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) wants to ban the film in the Philippines. However, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) grants the film an 18 age rating. Ironically, this film has the highest-grossing opening for an 18-rated film and has grossed USD 2.2 million in its initial run the Philippines.
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Daniel MacPherson auditioned for the role of Christian Grey.
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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine was considered for the role of Christian Grey.
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The novel Anastasia is reading, "As I Lay Dying", is an American novel by William Faulkner, though she studied English Lit.
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The real name of Christian's helicopter is CTG. The name Charlie Tango actually is the first letters of Christian Grey's name. In the first book he says Charlie Tango Golf (CTG) like Christian Trevelyan Grey (CTG) The words Charlie Tango and golf are taken by the international airport alphabet.
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The studio was considering Joe Wright to direct, but this proved unworkable due to Wright's schedule. Other directors under consideration included Patty Jenkins, Bill Condon, Bennett Miller, and Steven Soderbergh. In June 2013, E.L. James announced Sam Taylor-Johnson would direct the film adaptation.
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Universal hired Mark Bomback for script doctoring.
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Bret Easton Ellis publicly expressed his desire to write the screenplay for the film.
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Ryan Paevey auditioned for the role of Christian Grey.
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Rope used in production of the film (uncredited) made by DreX Rope.
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Mrs Claus was shown reading the novel in a 2016 run up to Christmas Shopping Advert.
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Italian censorship visa # 109559 delivered on 30-3-2015 (unrated version).
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James Franco was considered for the role of Christian Grey.
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Italian censorship visa # 109403 delivered on 9-2-2015.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Dakota Johnson did not use a body double for any scene in the film except for the final scene involving being whipped by a belt. A body double was utilized for the whipping scene to avoid any injury or putting any marks on Johnson's body.
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In the Fifty Shades trilogy books, the phrase "my inner goddess" is mentioned 115 times by Anastasia's inner monologue. This is how she often refers to herself - e.g. "my inner goddess is jumping up and down, clapping her hands like a five-year old". The movie does not mention or utilize Anastasia's "inner goddess" at all.
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Sam Taylor-Johnson wanted the film to end with Ana stopping Christian from following her into the elevator just by saying their safeword "Red." E.L. James vetoed this.
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Dakota Johnson's favourite scene in the film is the contract negotiation between Anastasia and Christian.
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Although only utilized once in the film or the book, Anastasia is given "yellow" and "red" as safe words by Christian. In real world BDSM play, the "traffic light" words green, yellow and red are indeed commonly used as safe words, green meaning "all good, continue", yellow meaning "slow down" and red meaning "full stop".
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Dakota Johnson's favourite sex scene in the film is the scene where Anastasia loses her virginity to Christian.
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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson omitted the scene from the novel where Christian removes Ana's tampon so they could have sex. The scene wasn't even discussed when the script was being written.
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The following characters do not appear in the film despite being present in all three Fifty Shades books:
  • Christian's housekeeper, Mrs. Jones,
  • Kate's older brother, Ethan Kavanagh,
  • Mrs. Robinson
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Several elements from book-to-film were either eliminated or changed, including Grey speaking of his birth mother Ella, which did not happen until the later books. Also, key sex scenes were not included in the film although the locations in which they happened were.
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