Monday, May 20, 2024

New 50 Shades of Grey Star Jamie Dornan Comes from Underwear Modeling


The new star of “50 Shades of Grey” is several steps down from Charlie Hunnam, the actor who resigned the post two weeks ago. Jamie Dornan is famous for being a Calvin Klein underwear model and the face of Dior cologne. His resume is pretty thin– just bit parts on minor TV shows. So there’s no place to go but up. Of course, Mark Wahlberg turned his Calvin Klein career into life as a respected actor and producer.

Will lightning strike twice? It remains to be seen. But now the “50 Shades” movie is shaping up as a true translation of the so called book from which it hails. If this doesn’t meet the standards of “Showgirls,” “Glitter,” and other notable guffaw fests, I’d be mighty surprised. Dornan’s best known role is boyfriend for two years of Keira Knightley.

And now: ten months of tabloid items goosing the public’s appetite for what will be much ado about nothing.

PS to Charlie Hunnam: you dodged a bullet.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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