The casting of the S&M loving businessman Christian Grey and his submissive love interest Anastasia Steele was Hollywood’s best kept secret. But when it was announced earlier this week that E.L James had cast Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as the literary world’s raunchiest couple, the social media realm went up in arms, with praise and complete disgust.
To all the supporters, lovers and haters - thank you so much for the passion that you have for this project. You all rock. All of you. ?— E L James (@E_L_James) September 2, 2013
E.L James’s official Twitter account began receiving a tirade of abuse at her selection. Whether it was begging the author to change her mind by boycotting the film release or starting an 18,000 strong petition to change the cast to Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel, fans weren’t giving up until they had their perfect Christian and Anastasia duo.
Everyone's complaining about the casting of 50 shades of Grey when that monstrosity of a book shouldn't have been written in the first place— Liv (@oliviamayharker) September 4, 2013
@E_L_James Nope. He's NO Christian Gray by any means. I'll stick with the books should I ever want to revisit. As for the movie, I'm out.— Denise Webb (@didiw93) September 3, 2013
@JessicaAnnH I think it would be best of they call it 50 Shades of Disappointment lol— Rachel Green (@Foxeey) September 2, 2013
Luckily some of Twitter’s comical celebs such as Paul Rust, Robert Kazinsky and Zach Braff weren’t so disappointed, tweeting their thoughts on the infamous novels:
"Let's all get silently aroused together in a room!" - audience of strangers/weirdos at a 50 SHADES OF GREY screening— Paul Rust (@paulrust) September 2, 2013
My audition for Anastasia thankfully didnt work out. That would have been awkward.— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) September 2, 2013
My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama— Melanie Griffith (@MelanieGriffith) September 2, 2013
That book turned me on so much I only lasted to the second shade.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 2, 2013
And thankfully the doom and gloom didn’t stop proud mum Melanie Griffith’s gushing at her daughter’s achievement, nor the hundreds of other E.L James fans who promised their dedication to the movie with one named Lynda Cardle tweeting: “We need to trust E.L James’ decision. After all, she did write it.”
So the pressure’s on for the two stars whose names are on everybody’s lips. But with a bit of hair dye and the promise of some stripping off, surely Fifty Shades fans will be won over eventually?
By Vicky Chandler