Just as the delirious obsession for the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy began to ebb, the movie trailer broke, fanning the flames of fandom back to a fever pitch in anticipation of Valentine’s Day 2015. Millions of women all over the world are making plans with their girlfriends to go see the movie. Get ready for a pre-screening party with these simple tips.
Sometimes it isn’t the party but how you are invited. Who wouldn’t like to get an email invitation from the CEO of Grey Enterprises himself? Create a fictitious email account and use it to invite your friends. Or send out party invitations worded like a contract and see if you can get them to sign up!
You cannot go wrong with helicopter balloons. Every woman wants a ride on Charlie Tango. Create “Keep Calm” posters. Fold black napkins into ties. Or go all read and name the room “Red Room of Pain”. Decorate a closet door to look like an open elevator with the caption “What is it about elevators?” Cover the tables in clothes and accessories in varying shades of grey. Use red to emphasize certain attributes around the room. And don’t forget the “Laters Baby” sign on the back of the door so your guests can bite their lip when they see it as they leave.
Mr. Grey makes certain everyone around him eats. No party is complete without 50 Shades-themed foods. You can serve SUB-missive sandwiches and bowtie TIE ME UP pasta salad. Chocolate cupcakes with a cherry on top or vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting make sweet and sassy desserts. Decorate small cookies like elevator buttons or cut sugar cookies in the shape of a right hand. For drinks, well, Christian and Ana were never without wine nearby. Given the winter season release of the movie, a warm cup of Twinings tea will hit the spot as well. For warmer climates, let’s not forget Ana’s safe word: a popsicle will cool things off in more ways than one.
The books abound with possible trinkets to send away with your guests. Plastic handcuffs, masks, miniature riding crops, feathers, masks, handcuff key chains, blindfolds… there are no hard limits here. Let your imagination carry you.
More than one guy has said it. “What is it about this Christian Grey character that has women all hot and bothered?” It is a harder question to answer than it first appears. The easy answer is that he is hot and he is rich. That would be enough. But there is more to Grey than meets the eye – hence the fifty shades – and his real appeal is in uncovering those shades. There is immense desire in being able to pull back those layers.
- He is constantly in control. Even the strongest of women want someone to take care of them at times. The ability to not have to make a decision – about what to wear, what to eat, what to drive – relieves stress from the strong and enables the insecure.
- He projects security. Christian has all the money, the cars, Charlie Tango and let’s not forget Taylor. There is nothing he does not have, want or cannot get. No matter what a woman needs, having a man that can get it for her at his whim – or hers – makes an irresistible target.
- He has emotional issues. Let’s face it – every woman wants her love to be the salve to heal all wounds. She wants to fix him, to feel like she has given something to him to pay back what he has given her. It feeds into the maternal instinct while stirring the loins. That’s a heady combination.
- He is mysterious and charismatic. A single word in the right tone sends people scurrying to his will. A single look can have them eating out of his hand. Women love a master of manipulation.
- He is vulnerable. That might be a contradiction from his control issues but that is what makes the vulnerability so appealing. He is strong and suddenly there is a chink in his armor. Women want to fix it.
The mix of character traits and superficial details makes Christian Grey an intriguing character. He is a splendid, spinning jewel with many facets to be explored. Diamonds, after all, are a girl’s best friend.
Until his casting as the millionaire with distinctive sexual desires, Jamie Dornan was not a household name. Despite roles as the Huntsman/Sheriff Graham Humbert on Once Upon A Time, serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC series The Fall and as Axel von Forsen in Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette, Jamie managed to fly under the radar.
Which begs the question, who is the actor that will now forever be known as Christian Grey?
Jamie was born on May 1, 1982, and grew up outside Belfast, Ireland. His father is a doctor, an obstetrician that considered acting. Jamie lost his mother when he was only sixteen. He moved to London after school to train as an actor. He has also been in a band, Sons of Jim and went on tour with KT Tunstall.
In 2006, he appeared in Marie Antoinette. He had a solid modeling career going too, having modeled for Calvin Klein, Dior, Aquascutum and Armani, among others. He had other small movie roles in 2008 and 2009, leading to his 2011 role in Once Upon a Time. He moved from there to the BBC series, where he stars opposite Gillian Anderson from The X-files. The Fall has been picked up for a second season, which he will begin filming after completing his media tour responsibilities for 50 Shades of Grey.
Fun facts about Mr. Jamie Dornan, aka Christian Grey, include:
- He was involved with actress Keira Knightly from 2003 to 2005.
- He married in 2013 and he and his wife have a baby girl.
- Played rugby. Seriously, a high level of rugby. A dangerous level of rugby.
- Season ticket holder for Manchester United.
- Is a cousin, twice removed, of actress Greer Garson.
- His wife, Amelia Warner, is also an actress and a singer-songwriter.
So in real life, our Mr. Grey can model, act, take a hit and sing. Can you imagine the lullabies sang in the Dornan household in that Irish brogue? Obviously, there is more than one shade to Mr. Dornan too.
Mr. Grey Will See You Now…Finally we’ve been given a chance to see him!!! The official trailer for the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” was finally released after a long long wait on Thursday (July 24), giving fans a first look of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.
The “Fifty Shades” Trilogy penned by E.L. James has become a global phenomenon and has been translated into 51 languages. More than 100 million copies in e-book and print has been sold. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The novel Fifty Shades of Grey was incredible and the fans had big expectations for the movie. Well the trailer suggests that the movie itself is likely to be exactly what the fans were hoping for. Fifty Shades fans are definitely turned on by the sexy trailer that came out. The chemistry between Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson is so hot and the fans are feeling the heat.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features released the full length trailer of two minutes and 30 seconds for the upcoming movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey was unveiled on Thursday morning at NBC’s Today Show. The trailer was introduced by 31-year-old actor Jamie Dornan, who plays the role of Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson, who plays the role of Anastasia Steele, her love interest in the movie version.
In the steamy hot trailer Anastasia a young literature student sets out to interview Christian Grey, a young, sexy business tycoon, whom Ana describes to Kate, her roommate in her voice as “polite, intense, smart, and really intimidating.” Christian turns thongs around by saying-“I’d like to know more about you, and the sexual tension escalates. A breathy, slowed down version of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love soundtrack can be heard in background.
In rapid succession Christian is shown getting into his private helicopter and taking Ana for a ride in his Glider. As the things heat up pair is shown making in elevator. Finally, Mr. Grey gets to the point: “I don’t do romance,” he warns. “My tastes are very singular. You wouldn’t understand.” To which a curious Anastasia Steele begs him to “enlighten me, then” The trailer closes with Christian taking their relation to the next level by introducing Anastasia to his secret chamber “Red Room of Pain” fitted with whips, handcuffs, chains and other bondage accoutrements.
Fifty Shades of Grey opens in the theatre’s on February 13, 2015, joining Jamie and Dakota in the cast are Eloise Mumford as Katherine Kavanagh, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate, Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey , Christian’s brother, Victor Rasuk as José, Ana’s close friend, Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother, Rita Ora as Mia grey, Christian’s sister, Max Martini as Taylor, Christian Grey’s bodyguard, Callum Keith Rennie as Ray Steele, Ana’s stepfather, Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Ana’s mother.