When you are successful, you have to pay a price for it and it shows when you are a certain Jamie Dornan and your producers are your fans. Yes, that is what has happened with Jamie Dornan recently. The 31 year old actor, who has shot to fame after being chosen as the lead actor of the movie version of the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” used to be a television actor. But you already knew that. What we bet you didn’t know was that even after bidding adieu to his television projects like “The Fall” and “Once Upon a Time” his producers still want him back.
And the father of one has already committed to return to crime drama “The Fall”, where he will star opposite the beautiful Gillian Anderson and reprise his role as a serial killer. The shooting of “The Fall” starts in Belfast, at the end of the month. But his other television serial, “Once Upon a Time” is not in for such luck, it seems. The fantasy series in which he starred in the role of the huntsman and Sheriff Graham, wants him back for the third season, but there is a little challenge or difficulty, for his character was killed off, there is hope maybe, his “Fifty Shades…” schedule permitting.
Jamie Dornan left the show after he was selected to play the lead in this movie and the executive producer of the fantasy series, Edward Kitsis has said that though his character in the series has been killed off, he has still managed to make an appearance, now and then, for the past two seasons. He was introduced to the audience as Sheriff Graham, but after his sudden and untimely demise of the character, he was re-introduced as the huntsman, and in season 2 he made his presence felt in a flashback sequence. Executive producer of the show Adam Horowitz has seconded Kitsis’ opinion and said that they miss Jamie dearly.
But the executive producers know that he is very busy with the schedule and coming back for a third season on “Once Upon a Time” sounds like a distant dream for them. Ironically, it was because of another television actor, Charlie Hunnam, that Jamie got the opportunity in the first place to start working on this project. It was Charlie Hunnam who was initially selected to play the role of Christian Grey, the tormented business mogul, but citing his work, schedule and commitment to his show “Sons of Anarchy”, the British actor left “Fifty Shades…”.
But what was considered a misfortune for Hunnam quickly became a blessing in disguise for Dornan. After all, it is not every day that a television actor (no hard feelings for the medium) and a former Calvin Klein model gets the opportunity of a lifetime to work on the literary adaptation of a hugely successful book. And when you have a companion like a certain Dakota Johnson, do you really need any other distractions? Kidding… Jamie is happily married with a kid, ladies!
Although Christian Grey might be a fictional character, there is ample reason for us to believe that there is a flesh and blood inspiration in real life behind this self made entrepreneur. A new fact has surfaced about the “Fifty Shades…” according to which the inspiration behind the dark and brooding Christian Grey is actually a 39 year old real estate agent. The real estate agent, Alessandro Proto is, like Grey, a self made billionaire and has even helped celebrities like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Madonna find their dream homes.
Now, you must be wondering, how does Erica James feature in all this? She actually met the enigmatic businessman back in 2010, which one year before her erotic novel, The Movie Fifty Shades of Grey, hit the market and became a phenomenal success. She met Proto in Italy, when she was touring the country to gather information about celebrities and their love for property in Italy. During that time, James and Proto spent two days together when they toured from Milan to Lake Como.
When the real estate agent/ businessman was quizzed about him being the inspiration behind the fictional Christian Grey, Proto could actually draw up a list of similarities. For starters, he revealed that the name of the company Grey owns is named Grey Enterprise Holding, whereas, the name of the company Alessandro Proto owns is Proto Organization Holding. The similarity does not end here, as the real estate agent added that when he met Erica James back in 2010, he drove an Audi R8 and readers do not have to be reminded that Christian Grey too, owns an Audi R8 Spyder.
When talking about the metaphorical similarities between him and Christian Grey, Proto adds that his office on the eight floor of the building, which is the top most floor and when it comes to success, though everyone knows the destination both Proto and Grey have reached but they do not know anything about the journey that they have had to undertake.
When specifically asked about the red room of pain, which is definitely one of the main attractions of the novel. Erica James’ imagination has a lot to do with the red room of pain in the erotic trilogy she penned. One other factor that is probably a similarity between him and Grey is that, like his fictional counterpart, proto too is media shy and does not interact too much with the media. This is very similar to the successful entrepreneur Grey portrays on the pages of the novels and now the screen, and it also contributes to the enigmatic and mysterious quality of the character.Ever since Proto has been named directly as the inspiration behind the lead character, he has revealed how work mail has been flooded with indecent proposals. Visibly annoyed, Proto has said that his main purpose in life is to be a businessman and he does not like to be embroiled in media and showbiz. Are you listening, Erica?